Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ODOT/PDX, Mt. Hood:

Bridge Road (St. Johns Bridge) closed at OR Highway 30 until 6pm tonight for removal of debris from mudslide this morning. Closure affects eastbound Bridge Road from St. Johns Bridge to OR 30. Highway traffic trying to access the bridge from the east will detour to west side of bridge. Bridge traffic trying to access eastbound Hwy 30 will detour to west side of bridge as well. UPDATE

For more information, contact:, 5-1-1, 800-977-6368

Schools Focus on Natural Disaster Preparations

April is Earthquake Awarness Month --
Statement by State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo regarding earthquake awareness:

Given the recent catastrophes in Haiti and Chile, it is well worth noting that April is Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month. The safety of our students and staff is paramount and public schools in Oregon are doing everything they can to prepare our people and buildings in the event of a natural disaster.

We all know that the Northwest is one of the most seismically active regions in the world. So all our public schools are required, at least twice a year, to instruct and drill students on emergency procedures such as "Drop, Cover, Hold." The key to preparedness is practice, so that kids can respond quickly and without panicking when it really counts. In some of our coastal communities, schools also practice tsunami evacuation drills.

If you're at a school that has yet to conduct one of their earthquake drills, April is a great time to get it done. Click here for information regarding instruction and drills.

There is still much work to do to make sure our school buildings are safe in the event of an earthquake. The average Oregon school is 46 years old, and while seismic upgrades have been completed over the years, many buildings are not as safe as they need to be. In fact, a 2007 report from the Department of Oregon Geology and Mineral Industries found that there are 274 public schools across our state considered to be at highest risk in the event of an earthquake.

Earlier this year, Oregon took a step in the right direction by distributing $7.5 million in Seismic Rehabilitation Grants to a number of education and emergency services buildings, including 12 public school buildings from Beaverton to Lakeview. Another $7.5 million will be granted in the second round of applications.

We continue to work toward a long-term plan to ensure that our school buildings are made safer. In the meantime, other schools deemed at risk can apply for future grants through the Oregon Emergency Management Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program.

To access more information and resources, please visit the Oregon Department of Education's "Quake-Safe Schools" page at

For information about OEM's grant program, visit
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Contact(s) for this Announcement
Susanne Smith (503) 947-5637
Communications - Manager

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


News Release from: Oregon State Police

Posted: March 30th, 2010 3:22 PM

ODOT has extended the studded tire season until 12:01 am, Sunday, April 11. Major changes in the weather forecast, the ferocity of these storms and citizen input convinced ODOT to extend the deadline. Drivers should remain cautious while driving in snow zones!

For more information, contact:, 5-1-1, or 800-977-6368

Note: Washington State Patrol advised WSDOT announced a similar extension in their state.

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Friday, March 26, 2010


News Release from: Oregon State Police

Four people were injured Friday morning in a multiple vehicle traffic crash one mile north of Gilchrist on Highway 97 during near blizzard conditions. A second non-injury crash and other subsequent near crashes occurred involving other vehicles approaching the first crash scene. Highway 97 was closed nearly three hours during the crash response and vehicle recovery.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Joe Smith, on March 26, 2010 at approximately 8:30 a.m. a 2004 Nissan pickup driven by ROGER D. STANTON, age 65, from Bend, was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 183 following a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with fertilizer in near blizzard conditions with periods of zero visibility. Apparently blinded by the blowing snow while following the commercial truck and trailer, STANTON decided to pass while crossing the Gilchrist Bridge. As his pickup was along side the semi-trailer, he encountered a northbound 2001 Dodge pickup. STANTON braked, causing him to lose control on the slick highway and crash into the side of the semi-trailer and then into the left front corner of the Dodge pickup as its operator, WILLIAM G. BOWEN, age 60, from Crescent, Oregon tried to avoid a head-on crash.

A 2000 Dodge Durango driven by KENNETH R. LAFORCE, age 46, from Klamath Falls, was following BOWEN's pickup and was unable to stop. The Dodge Durango crashed into the back of BOWEN's pickup.

After this initial crash, several other vehicles approaching the area were involved in minor crashes or drove into the ditch to avoid a crash.

STANTON and the commercial truck driver, CARL P. DANIELS, age 54, from Yreka, California were not injured.

BOWEN, his wife LINDA, age 58, LAFORCE and one of four teenage girls in his Durango were transported by Crescent EMS or Chemult EMS ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

All persons involved were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from Gilchrist and Bend offices responded. ODOT and above mentioned fire and medical personnel assisted.

Photograph Source: Oregon State Police

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Contact Info: Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Not our Oregon, but still good info

Are you prepared for the spring storm season?
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Niki de Soto, Staff Writer
The Spring storm season is upon us -- do you and your family know what to do in an emergency or a disaster? Every threat, from wind storms, floods or power outages reminds us to be proactive when it comes to planning strategies to survive a disaster and recover quickly.
Communities within the quad county area are taking steps to ensure that residents are ready should a severe storm hit our region.

Izard County has implemented an automatic warning system called Code Red which alerts county residents to national weather alerts in their area.

With the severe weather season upon us, Dennis Williams, coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management for Izard County says the system is a great tool for individuals and businesses to receive timely severe storm warnings.

"The warnings are automatically triggered when the National Weather Service issues a warning that includes their address. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals. Land lines and cell phones are both eligible to be submitted," said Williams.

Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley is strongly behind the program. "I think it's going to work really well, especially for the folks in the rural areas. It will help keep them safe," said Finley.

When someone answers the alert phone call, the system will automatically check them off the list. If they don't answer, the system will add them to the bottom of the list and try to call again. If someone misses the call but has voicemail, it will leave a message for them to call and when they call in, they'll get the weather message.

To sign up online, go to and click the Code Red link. Just follow the directions on the screen and click submit.

Fulton County is exploring an automated alert option, but at this time has no warning system in place. The county continues to watch for grants to be able to purchase tornado sirens, as their cost would be prohibitive without assistance from grant funds.

"We have response plans in place, but people in the community need to be prepared themselves with things like weather radios, and they need to make sure they have a plan in place of what they're going to do and where they're going to go before a storm hits," said OEM Coordinator for Fulton County, Darrell Zimmer.

"In the past year, we had a lot of people driving into low water crossings that prompted several water rescues," said Zimmer. "Remember the phrase, "Turn around, don't drown."

The new school in Viola incorporated a storm shelter into its design, based on FEMA 361 guidelines, which state design, construction, and operation criteria for community safe rooms that will provide near-absolute life safety protection during tornado and hurricane events.

It also provides guidance for architects, engineers, building officials, local officials and emergency managers, and prospective safe room owners and operators about the design, construction, and operation of community safe rooms in extreme-wind events.

The Fulton County Hospital has recently signed up with an automated text alert system called City Alerts. According to the non-profit's Web site, "when an incident occurs in a certain zip code and becomes public information, registered government accounts will broadcast that alert members who have elected to receive warnings in that area. The system sends a text message directly to the member's wireless mobile device."

For those interested in signing up for the service, you can register online at

In the city of Alton, their new tornado shelter was scheduled for a tornado drill when an actual alert sounded.

"Our first drill was really not a drill," said Alton R-IV School District Superintendent and Tornado Shelter Site Coordinator Sheila Wheeler.

The day after receiving the keys to the new FEMA funded tornado shelter, workers were still putting on some finishing touches when there was an actual tornado warning and the new shelter was put to use.

Built on the campus of the Alton school, the tornado shelter serves as the gymnasium for the elementary and is used for elementary and high school physical education, health and other classes.

Should an emergency situation occur, the facility would be used by students, staff and the surrounding community as a shelter.

The Alton school received a Federal grant of $1.3 million, and was approved for a 90/10 division of financial responsibility for the project.

The shelter will accommodate up to 1,600 people. "The tornado shelter was built to FEMA 361 guidelines and is designed to withstand a wind event up to 250 miles an hour," said Wheeler.

Endorsed by the American Red Cross and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, Oregon County's "Ready in Three" focuses on three steps families can take to prepare for many kinds of emergencies.

The three steps are 1) Create a plan, 2) Prepare a kit and 3) Listen for information.

According to the program, you should plan for two situations -- staying home or leaving. Deciding whether it is best to stay or go depends on the type of emergency. Officials may tell you what you need to do, but in some cases, limited communication and information may require you to decide what is best for you and your family. Having a plan in place before disaster hits is key in keeping your family safe.

During an emergency, you may not be able to get food or water for days or weeks, and your electricity may not be working. The following items should be part of your emergency kit and kept in a container that can be easily carried if you need to leave home:

* Water -- families should set aside one gallon of water per person per day, to last three days.

* Canned or dried food -- families should set aside a three-day supply of food per person. The food should be nonperishable items that don't need to be cooked, such as tuna and crackers. Remember to include a manual can opener. If there's an infant in the house, include formula and baby food.

* Battery-powered weather radio.

* Flashlight.

* Extra batteries for the radio and flashlight.

* List of prescription medications.

* First-aid kit.

* For power outages, consider adding a corded telephone to your emergency kit if you are using only cordless telephones in your home currently.

* Learn how to use text messaging on your cell phone, as most text messages will be sent even when you do not have cellular signal to make a call.

* For your car, keep a small, portable emergency supply kit in it at all times. You should include a gallon of water, several cans of food, a manual can opener, blankets, sleeping bags, money and first-aid supplies.

* At work, keep your own supply of fresh water and canned food, a flashlight, and battery-powered radio in your desk or in your locker. Everyone should consider keeping a change of clothes and a pair of strong, practical shoes or boots at work.

* For your pets, make sure they have identification tags and up-to-date vaccinations. If you must leave home, bring your pet with you, if possible. You can plan ahead by creating a supply kit for your pet that includes extra food, water and medications. A carrier and leash will also be important. For cats, remember to include extra litter.

* It's also a good idea to back up vital records and information saved on computer hard drives and store that information at a distant offsite location. Computer data should be backed up routinely. Copies of important documents and CDs should be stored in fire-proof safe deposit boxes offsite.

* And finally, remember to listen for information. It is important to stay calm in an emergency, and to get as much information about the situation as possible. If there is no electricity, make sure to have a battery-powered radio with additional batteries so you can listen for updates and instructions.

City, county, and state officials have developed emergency plans, and in the event of an actual emergency, it's important to follow their instructions and advice, and it's just as important that your family has a plan in place that everyone can implement in an emergency.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dangerous winter driving still around

A single vehicle crash on Highway 20 in the Santiam Pass area is a reminder that we aren't out of the woods yet as drivers still may face winter-type driving conditions in some areas of Oregon. The Caldwell, Idaho woman involved in this potentially serious crash didn't receive life threatening injuries, but she did go to an area hospital as a precaution for a medical examination.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Andrew McCool, on March 22, 2010 at approximately 8:30 a.m. a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by JERIALDENE J. CARR, age 47, from Caldwell, Idaho was eastbound on Highway 20W near milepost 73 when she lost control in snow and icy conditions and crossed westbound traffic. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, turning over onto its passenger side and sheering a tree off about five feet from the ground. The vehicle then went off an embankment and tipped up on its front before falling back onto the sheered tree stump, piercing through the passenger side and exiting through the driver's side of the vehicle.

The tree narrowly missed causing serious injury to CARR as it tore into the driver's seat. CARR was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend as a precaution for a medical examination. Safety restraint use information is not available.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office were assisted by scene by Sisters Fire Department and ODOT.

John Shea/FEMA Social Media: Go Online To Get Prepared, Share Info & Learn From Others (’What Should We Tell The Public?’ Video Series)

November 30th, 2009
This edition of the “What Should We Tell The Public?” video series features John Shea who manages FEMA’s extensive social media effort. In the segment, Shea urges the public to look online to find information about preparing for emergencies as well as to share info and learn from others. He recommends citizens go to the agency’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The video was shot at the National Conference on Community Preparedness in Arlington, Virginia.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Salem Wins Floodplain Management Recognition

Already a Bargain, Salem Residents to Pay Even Less for Flood Insurance

» 2010 Region X News Releases

SALEM, Ore. – City of Salem residents are about to pay even less for flood insurance, as a direct result of their community’s continued active participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). According to FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger, they’ll not only qualify for reduced flood insurance premiums, but enjoy reduced vulnerability to flood hazards as well.

"The CRS rewards communities for implementing programs and policies which protect their citizens from floods. Such activities can range from mapping, regulations and flood damage reduction to flood preparedness and public awareness programs," said Hunsinger. "Salem's high regulatory standards, public education outreach and elevation certificate initiatives have earned a CRS Class 7 rating."

Flood insurance premium reductions resulting from qualifying community activities run in five percent increments, from five to 45 percent. Class ratings range from Ten to One. The higher the flood protection activity, the lower the Class rating. Total NFIP coverage in Salem is over $221 million, with average annual premiums of $848. With 1,042 policies currently in force within the city limits, that’s an average savings of around $112 per policy.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

ATTENTION NEWS ROOMS: FEMA Region X Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont will present the City of Salem with an official CRS plaque Monday, 22 March 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 555 Liberty Street SE in Salem. Contact: Sara Jondahl (503) 588-6211.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010


WASHINGTON – As one of the snowiest winter seasons in many years yields to warmer weather and the promise of rain and snowmelt, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) FloodSmart Campaign and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that they are again working together during Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 15-19) to raise awareness of the dangers associated with flooding and steps to protect against damage.

Year in and year out, floods are the most common, costly and deadly severe weather related disaster in the U.S. NOAA will announce this year’s official spring flood outlook on March 16, and an unusually wet and snowy winter in many communities will likely increase the potential for spring flood events. Both agencies urge that important measures can–and should–be taken now to ensure safety and financial security, including obtaining flood insurance.

To help individuals better understand flood risks nationwide and steps that can be taken to protect lives and property, FEMA and NOAA have created an interactive “flood impact map” that features localized, searchable data about the scope and severity of flood events in recent years. The map is available at, and the new web page contains tips on what to do before, during and after a flood, and encourages flood insurance protection among other measures.

“It’s important that families take steps now to protect themselves and their homes against a potential flood,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “These steps include developing a family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and investing in flood insurance. Most flood insurance policies take 30 days to become effective, so the time to take action is now.”

Floods do more than damage properties, they can also threaten lives if careful safety precautions are not followed in a flood event. More than half of all flood-related deaths occur in motor vehicles, prompting NOAA to stress motor safety in flood situations and adopt the slogan, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” Roadway flooding can be deceptively deep, and it only takes six inches of water to lose control of a vehicle. It is imperative that people use extreme caution when driving at night, when it is difficult to determine if a road is flooded. It is also important to avoid areas that you know are already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.

“It floods somewhere in the United States or its territories nearly every day of the year, killing approximately 100 people on average and causing nearly $7 billion in damages,” said Jack Hayes, Director of the National Weather Service. “Awareness, preparedness and action are the key ingredients to protecting lives and property when floods threaten.”

To help community decision-makers and residents understand their risk, monitor threatening situations and take action when warranted, NOAA produces river and flood forecasts and warnings. Flood forecasts are available at, and are also broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program ensures communities across the country have access to affordable flood insurance. The program makes coverage available to renters, homeowners and business owners through approximately 85 insurance companies in more than 20,800 participating communities nationwide. Flood coverage can be purchased for properties both in, and outside of, the highest-risk areas. A quarter of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low-risk areas. In these areas, lower-cost Preferred Risk Policies can cost as little as $119 a year. Individuals can learn more about seasonal flood risks and what to do to prepare by visiting FEMA’s Web site, or by calling 1-800-427-2419.

For information on how to prepare for flooding and other emergencies, visit

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit

Friday, March 12, 2010


WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging Americans to take advantage of the March 14 time change for Daylight Savings as a reminder to ensure their families are prepared for a possible emergency. A few simple steps like checking smoke alarms, developing a family communications plan, and putting an emergency kit together can go a long way toward keeping families safe.

“No matter how much the federal government, the state, or local officials do to prepare, we can’t do it alone – individuals and families must do their part to be ready in case of an emergency,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The public is the most important member of the nation’s emergency management team, and so I encourage everyone, as they spring forward this year, to also take a few minutes to check their smoke alarms and talk through what your family would do during an emergency.”

Information on preparing for emergencies can be found at Steps include developing a communications plan to ensure family members know how to get in touch with each other during an emergency, putting together an emergency kit, and staying informed of potential risks. It’s important to remember that an emergency could be a large scale catastrophic disaster, or a smaller-scale event like a car accident or house fire.

In addition to visiting, the United States Fire Administration is encouraging families to ensure their homes are equipped with working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire so it’s important to test alarms regularly and keep them properly maintained. This includes checking the manufacture/expiration date on the label, replacing the batteries, and cleaning dust away from the slots so that smoke can enter freely.

For more information about home smoke alarms and fire sprinklers, please visit:


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts available at and; follow us on Twitter at and and on FaceBook at .

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flood Safety Awareness Week March 15-19, 2010 - From FEMA

SEATTLE—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-sponsored 2010 National Flood Safety Awareness Week, observed March 15-19 ( Flooding is a coast to coast threat in the United States and its territories in all months of the year, irrespective of local “flood seasons.” According to FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger, flooding is the nation’s number one natural disaster.

“We learn time and time again that you just don’t need to live in a mapped floodplain to need flood insurance, and it just doesn’t pay to quibble over what side of a line on a flood map one lives on,” said Hunsinger. “The fact is— twenty to 25 percent of all flood insurance claims are filed in low-to-moderate flood-risk areas where flood insurance premiums can be a real bargain.”

Property owners and renters need to know that they can take steps to protect their property and financial security before disaster strikes. However, many eligible residents are unaware that they qualify or that affordable flood insurance is available. Residents can begin to take steps now to protect their home and assets from rising floodwaters at any time.

· Make sure gutters and drains are cleared. Clean and maintain storm drains and gutters and remove debris from your property to allow free flow of potential floodwater.

· Move valuables and sentimental items to the highest floor of your home or business.

· Install backflow valves in waste lines to keep water flowing in one direction.

Protect your well from contamination.

Anchor or elevate fuel tanks and elevate the main breaker or fuse box and the utility meters
above the anticipated flood level in your home or business, so that floodwater won’t damage utilities.

Make sure you have the right insurance: Review your insurance policies and find out what they do and do not cover. Learn the difference between replacement cost coverage versus standard coverage, which only pays the actual cash value of insured property. Be sure that you have enough insurance to cover recent home renovations or improvements.

Know that most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage, so be sure to consider flood insurance for both your structure and its contents. There is typically a 30 day waiting period for a flood insurance policy to take effect. Learn more by visiting and

Learn your flood risk. Properties that are not located within high-risk areas can also flood. Find out your flood risk right now by entering your address at “Assess Your Risk.” Insurance agents can also help check your risk.

Purchase a flood insurance policy. If you already have a flood policy, remember: your policy needs to be renewed each year.

Plan and practice a flood evacuation route, ask someone out of state to be your “family contact” in an emergency, and make sure everyone knows the contact’s address and phone number.
Build an emergency supply kit: Food, bottled water, first aid supplies, medicines, and a battery-operated radio should be ready to go when you are. Visit for a complete disaster supply checklist.

Inventory your household possessions: For insurance purposes, be sure to keep a written and visual (i.e., videotaped or photographed) record of all major household items and valuables, even those stored in basements, attics or garages. Create files that include serial numbers and store receipts for major appliances and electronics. Have jewelry and artwork appraised. These documents are critically important when filing insurance claims.

Store copies of irreplaceable financial and family documents in a safe place, preferably one that is protected from both fire and water. Documents include automobile titles, tax records, stock and bond certificates, deeds, wills, trust agreements, birth and marriage certificates, photos, passports and insurance policies. Keep originals in a rented safe deposit box. And don’t forget the household inventory file!

Flood insurance is available through nearly 100 insurance companies in more than 21,000 participating communities nationwide. Everyone can purchase flood insurance – renters, business owners, and homeowners. Nation-wide, the average flood insurance policy costs around $563 a year. And in low- to moderate-risk areas, lower-cost Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs) start at just $119 a year. Individuals can learn more about their flood risk and how to protect their property by visiting or by calling 1-800-427-2419.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Monday, March 8, 2010



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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tsunami education on youtube

Listed below are 2 URLs for some video footage of the arrival of the tsunami in So. Cal as it entered the Ventura, CA harbor following the 8.8 earthquake in Chile on Feb 27.

The video shows how strong the currents can be in harbors and bays. The video was taken by the Ventura Harbor Patrol.

Warmer Weather Expected for Monday

Warmer Weather Expected for Monday

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Chile Earthquake a Warning to the Pacific Northwest

Andrew Revkin of the New York Times wrote an interesting article about how the Chilean earthquake is a warning of what can happen to us here in Oregon. He even includes information from Oregon researchers, and a youtube video about how subduction zone earthquakes work and how devastating the tsunami was from the earthquake in Chile.

A prime case in point is Oregon. After the destruction of hundreds of poorly built schools in China’s Sichuan province, I wrote repeatedly here and in print about similar vulnerability identified by engineers and seismologists in that state, despite the clear record of devastating quakes and tsunamis generated by the Cascadia fault beneath the sea bed off the Northwest coast.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Coastal Sirens Are a Reminder of Tsunami Danger

On the Oregon coast, many of the towns have coastal sirens that are sounded when there is an immediate threat to the coast, such as a tsunami like the one we saw from the earthquake in Chile. While the tsunami was not very high here in Oregon (half a globe away), right at the Chilean coast the tsunami was up to 25+ feet in height!

The Curry Coastal Pilot wrote an article about this subject, and how the sirens are an important warning and tests help make people aware of the possibility.

Celebrate Red Cross Month in March

Governor Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month in Oregon, joining President Barack Obama in a tradition upheld by every U.S. President dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. See Oregon's 2010 Red Cross Month proclamation at

"The American Red Cross is there when people need us most. During March, we thank those whose support enables us to continue our work," said Maree Wacker, Regional Executive for the American Red Cross in Oregon. "Their generosity helps us continue to serve those who need us every day – whether they are down the street, across the country or around the world."

The American Red Cross is part of the world's largest humanitarian network – 97 million volunteers helping in 186 countries. In this country, the Red Cross helps change lives seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Last year in Oregon:

* 600 families relied on the Oregon Red Cross for immediate help after a disaster.
* 2,200 military families received assistance with emergency communications from the Oregon Red Cross.
* 6,500 Oregonians give their time to make their communities safer by volunteering for the American Red Cross.
* 74,000 Oregonians gave life-saving blood through the American Red Cross.
* 122,000 Oregonians learned life-saving skills through the American Red Cross.

The help of the American Red Cross extends around the world to those in need. In just a little over a month since the earthquake devastated Haiti, the Red Cross has helped more than one million people in the region. Relief efforts include providing clean water and sanitation, food and relief supplies, and health care. It will take many years for the people of Haiti to recover and the American Red Cross will work in close coordination with other organizations to support longer-term assistance projects.

March is a great time for people to get involved with the American Red Cross – to give blood, take training in CPR and first aid, volunteer or give a financial gift to help when the next disaster strikes. Contact the Oregon Trail Chapter at 503-284-1234 or visit to find out how you can get involved.