In Island County
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Island County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
- State of Washington http://access.wa.gov
- Island County www.islandcountywa.gov
- City of Coupeville www.town.coupeville.wa.us
- City of Langley www.langleywa.org
- City of Oak Harbor www.oakharbor.org
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
953 Village Way, No. 100
Monroe, WA 98272
DSHS Children’s Administration is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. The staff works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support families and assure the safety and well-being of children. The department’s programs include an abuse hotline, services for adoption, child care, foster care, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and more.
Oak Harbor Department of Children and Family Services
275 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 301
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Depending on where you live, your pet may face new outside dangers as human activity increasingly encroaches on wildlife habitat. Wildlife that your pet may encounter include beavers, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rodents, skunks, even deer, bears and moose. The best way to avoid wildlife around your home is to limit any behavior that might attract it. Do not leave animal kibble unattended outdoors; raccoons, coyotes and even squirrels that eat pet and people food can lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive. Keep trash in containers with lids that are animal-resistant. In addition to larger animals, smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and spiders can be extremely dangerous as they carry disease to pets and humans, Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, and check for ticks and bites on your animal when you get home. If a tick is found, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out, gently; if the mouthparts break off and remain in the skin, use the tweezers to remove them as well. After removing the tick, use antiseptic on the bite site and wash your hands thoroughly.
Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance for a full list of wildlife dangers and how to avoid them, and the Washington State Department of Health’s web page describing how to avoid pests, such as ticks and spiders, at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Pests.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Puget Sound Region
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
Mill Creek, WA 98012
The WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Puget Sound region specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region4.
Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation
Ellery Cramer Family
Animal Shelter – Main Facility
60 Rhododendron Park Road
Coupeville, WA 98239
Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF) is a nonprofit organization on Whidbey Island that provides coupons for reduced-cost spaying and neutering, food and financial assistance for low-income pet owners, foster care, veterinary services, low-cost adoptions and more. For more information on WAIF’s animal shelters and cat adoption centers, visit its website.
Veterinary services in Island County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website, www.wsvma.org.
State of Washington
Washington Traffic Safety Commission
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is the federally recognized highway safety office of Washington state. It leads statewide efforts and builds partnerships to save lives and prevent injuries on the roadways for the health, safety, and benefit of communities.
Washington State Patrol
The Washington State Patrol, the state police agency, is one of two state law enforcement agencies considered to be a general authority law enforcement agency, the other agency being the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The nearly 600 Washington State Patrol officers patrol highways daily and are known as troopers although they are frequently colloquially referred to as staters. More than 1,000 additional civilian employees include investigative support staff, such as crime lab technicians and scientists, and those who work for the state fire marshal.
Emergency Management Division
The Washington Emergency Management Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to natural and man-made disasters. Visit the division’s website for a severe weather awareness guide and other preparedness information.
The Department of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency management within Island County to include planning and coordinating actions for the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. Visit the office’s website for the county’s disaster planning guide and other disaster preparedness information, and to sign up for emergency alerts.
Fire and Rescue
Fire & Rescue