Category Archives: Office of Emergency Management

Salem drinking water improvements put Turner, Oregon in a bind

A few months ago, it appeared Turner’s impending drinking water system improvements were going to be solved. Salem has been planning to make improvements to its water filtration and distribution network, including work in Turner, following a drinking water crisis in summer of 2018 where cyanotoxins were found in the city’s drinking water. Source: Salem drinking water improvements […]
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News Roundtable | Emergency Preparedness | Juneteenth – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We look ahead to the Juneteenth celebrations in Oregon, ask what the state’s Office of Emergency Management has learned from the pandemic so far and hear analysis and opinions on some big news stories from the week. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management has long been preparing for the state to face a disaster. How much of […]
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News Roundtable | Emergency Preparedness | Juneteenth

We look ahead to the Juneteenth celebrations in Oregon, ask what the state’s Office of Emergency Management has learned from the pandemic so far and hear analysis and opinions on some big news stories from the week. Source: News Roundtable | Emergency Preparedness | Juneteenth

Health Professionals, Officials Worry About Another Threat: Wildfires

With wildfire season approaching, emergency planners urged Oregonians in rural areas to be prepared while health care professionals called on lawmakers to fund low-cost measures to protect residents. Source: Health Professionals, Officials Worry About Another Threat: Wildfires

Umatilla County, Reservation Residents Receive More Than $3 Million In Flood Recovery

Umatilla County residents and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have received more than $3 million in disaster assistance funds. Source: Umatilla County, Reservation Residents Receive More Than $3 Million In Flood Recovery . News | OPB

Umatilla county residents receive more than $3M for flood recovery

Over a period of two months, a combined total of more than $3 million in disaster assistance funds have been given to neighbors in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to help recover from severe storms, flooding and landslides that occurred in northeast Oregon in February, according to the Office […]
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Oregon agencies are spending big on coronavirus response

Records show state spending climbing rapidly; unclear how much federal government will reimburse. Source: Oregon agencies are spending big on coronavirus response

Concerns linger over PPE supply in Oregon

The director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management says he has concerns when it comes to having enough personal protective equipment going forward for health care workers. Right now, local hospitals are reporting they have enough PPE but that could change, especially if there’s another spike in cases. “There are still ongoing needs throughout […]
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Decontamination of N95 masks to begin in Eugene

The N95 masks can be decontaminated and reused up to 20 times. Since COVID-19 started spreading across the globe, healthcare workers have worried about running out of those protective N95 masks. There is some relief in sight. Source: Decontamination of N95 masks to begin in Eugene | kgw.com

Oregon will decontaminate, reuse masks worn by medical workers

The federal government is providing the State of Oregon with a decontamination machine to clean N-95 respirators in an effort to increase the lifespan of masks used by health care workers. Source: Oregon will decontaminate, reuse masks worn by medical workers