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SERC - US DOT Emergency Order - Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) issued an Emergency Order that requires railroad carriers operating trains transporting 1,000,000 gallons or more of Bakken crude oil in a single train to provide information to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The notification must provide information regarding the estimated volumes and frequencies of the train traffic implicated. Please go to our Railroad web page for more information.


Tsunami / Marine Debris on Washington Beaches

The toll-free reporting and information line for residents and visitors who spot marine debris on Washington beaches has been suspended. To report marine debris:

    • Debris suspected to be from the Japan tsunami can be reported to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. Please include photographs when possible and also the specific location of the debris.
    • Report oil and hazardous items that wash ashore to 1-800-OILS-911.
    • Report potential aquatic invasive species to the Department of Fish and Wildlife at: 1.888.WDFW.AIS (1.888.933.9247) or with this Online Invasive Species Report Form.


FEMA - A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management:

"The effects of natural and man-made disasters have become more frequent, far-reaching, and widespread. As a result, preserving the safety, security, and prosperity of all parts of our society is becoming more challenging. Our Nation’s traditional approach to managing the risks associated with these disasters relies heavily on the government." Read more: Whole Community Approach (PDF)


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