Pierce County News

1. Emergency Management Relocates
The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has moved to a newly purchased County facility at 2501 S. 35th St., immediately west of the County Annex. The zip code is 98409-7405, and the main DEM telephone and facsimile numbers are 253-798-6595 and 253-798-3307, respectively.
Divisions relocating to the new building are Administration, E-911 Program, Emergency Medical Services, Mitigation, Operations, Training and Public Education, and Urban Search & Rescue. “The advantages of being under one roof are already being realized and appreciated,” said Director Steve Bailey.

Emergency Operations Center activations will continue to be housed in the basement of the CCB. EOC telephone and FAX numbers will remain 253 798-7470 and 253 798-6624, respectively. Plans call for moving the EOC to the new location in coming months.

The 85,000 square foot facility also houses the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Washington Task Force 1 equipment cache. In the future the Auditor’s Election Center, the General Services Division and the Sheriff’s/Tacoma Police Property Center will be located there.

Two DEM divisions aren’t moving to the new building. Radio Communications will remain at 2403 S. 35th St., and Fire Prevention Bureau will remain at the Annex.

2. Holiday Closure Nov. 25-26
Offices of Pierce County government will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

3. Help for relieving stress during the holidays
Pierce County Parks and Recreation is helping people deal with stress during the holidays by offering special yoga classes. The classes are for adults and will be held at Sprinker Recreation Center on Mondays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 20.

The classes are designed to teach students how to use the yoga techniques of natural breath, progressive stretching and holding positive images to help make the holidays joyful and fulfilling.

The cost for the four-week course is $36, and pre-registration is required. Please call 253-798-4000 for more information.

4. Celebration to mark Harold Moss’s retirement
Pierce County Council Chair Harold Moss will culminate his public service career when his second Pierce County term expires Dec. 31. In honor of his contributions and commitment to the community, a “Moss Milestones” retirement celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. in the new Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center’s ballroom.
Moss has provided leadership in Tacoma and Pierce County during the past 50 years. He entered politics as a young man and served as City of Tacoma councilman and mayor; he concludes his elected service as the first County Council member to serve three consecutive years as chair.
Proceeds from the retirement celebration will benefit the Tacoma Urban League.
Tickets are priced at three levels, $45, $75 and $125. The price levels represent the milestones of Moss’s career of public service, first in the U.S. Army, followed by community service and public service.
Description of ticket price levels:

– $125 (Public Service Level): One dinner ticket, preferred seating, name listed in program, name on PowerPoint presentation, verbal recognition;

– $75 (Community Service Level): One dinner ticket, name on PowerPoint presentation;

– $45 (Military Service Level): One dinner ticket.

Reservations can be made at 253-473-1449 or mossmilestones@comcast.net. Those who make reservations will receive confirmation and and payment instructions.