Category Archives: Office of Emergency Management

Why it’s important to learn about volcanoes in Oregon

On Sunday, May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., the bulging north flank of Mount St. Helens slid away in a massive landslide — the largest in recorded history. Seconds later, the uncorked volcano exploded and blasted rocks northward across forest ridges and valleys, destroying everything in its path within minutes. Source: Why it’s important to […]
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Kilauea not connected to Northwest volcanoes – but… 

As flowing lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to destroy homes on the Big Island of Hawaii – and on Thursday, an eruption from the summit sent ash 30,000 feet into the air — some Pacific Northwest residents have expressed concern that the events in Hawaii could trigger an eruption in the Cascade Range. Source: […]
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Could a volcano erupt in Central Oregon?

Region surrounded by several high priority volcanoes, but no eruption imminent. Kilauea volcano has drawn national attention in the last week, destroying structures and cracking open streets and property on Hawaii’s Big Island and filling them with lava. As of Wednesday, 27 homes had been destroyed, and residents braced for the possibility of a more […]
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Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay a state leader in emergency preparedness

Group formed after Great Coastal Gale. When disaster strikes, communities around Nehalem Bay are the place to be. It’s a strange badge of honor, but one that the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay wears proudly. The corps, which started with a handful of volunteers from Wheeler, Nehalem and Manzanita 10 years ago, has stepped […]
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Drought emergency declared in Grant County

Gov. Brown cites low snowpack and precipitation. Gov. Kate Brown issued a drought emergency declaration for Grant County April 10 following a March 14 request by the Grant County Court. “I find that the continuing low snowpack, lack of precipitation, low streamflows and warming temperatures are likely to cause natural and economic disaster conditions in […]
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Oregonians can help themselves, others by preparing now for disaster

Secretary of State says the state faces a number of deficiencies that would leave it vulnerable during a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It’s no secret that Oregon is not prepared for the “Big One” if the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake were to occur today. The threat of a catastrophic (Richter Scale 9.0) earthquake in Oregon […]
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Disaster Animal Response Team launched in Cannon Beach

Bob Kroll has spent most of his life treating animals in distress. Sometimes that meant working as a veterinarian in an emergency clinic. Other times, it meant treating severe seizures in dogs at his practice in Clackamas. But as Kroll enters into retirement, the longtime second homeowner may be tackling his toughest challenge yet — […]
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County making progress in Cascadia preparations

Eastern Oregon residents could be without basic necessities for weeks if a catastrophic earthquake strikes. When a wind storm knocked out power to Hermiston last Saturday, it sent residents scurrying to nearby towns in search of food, fuel and Wi-Fi. If the Cascadia earthquake hits, those same people who couldn’t last three hours without electricity […]
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Since You Asked: Missile threat would trigger local alert

Q: After the recent news about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and the unfortunate false alert in Hawaii, I wondered if the state of Oregon has any kind of alert system (hopefully a bit more foolproof) in the case of a nuclear threat….. A: The state of Oregon does have an alert system, but “does not […]
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Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds

Oregon’s emergency preparedness agency misspent millions of dollars of Department of Homeland Security grants between 2010 and 2012, prompting federal officials to demand repayment, according to records recently obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Federal auditors now plan to audit three additional years of agency spending to check whether it misused money during those years, a letter […]
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