WILDFIRE AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY
CALL 911 for emergency assistance.
Call 211 or visit 211info.org
for information and/or resources.
This information is provided solely as a courtesy without any guarantees or warranties of any kind whatsoever. Nothing in this communication, nor any content linking to or from this communication, is intended to substitute for advice or counsel from qualified professionals. You are hereby notified and advised to seek counsel from qualified professionals at your own risk and expense.
Never rely on any map for a decision regarding evacuation, or other precautionary actions.
DEFINITIONS / TERMS for Warning Status or Evacuation Level
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National Weather Service Fire Warning Statuses
RED FLAG WARNING
The National Weather Service (NWS) may issue a
Red Flag Warning
to an alert people if there are
critical fire weather conditions
happening NOW or expected VERY SOON.
Be extremely careful with open flames.
BEGIN to take action steps NOW for safety.
FIRE WEATHER WATCH
The National Weather Service (NWS) may issue a
Fire Weather Watch
to alert people if there are
critical fire weather conditions POSSIBLE
but not immediate or happening now.
BE PREPARED to take action steps SOON for safety.
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Oregon Emergency Evacuation Levels
LEVEL 1: “BE READY” for potential evacuation.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor your telephone devices, local media sources, and county website to receive updated information.
This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, pets and livestock.
If conditions worsen, public safety will issue an upgrade to a level 2 or 3 for this area.
LEVEL 2: “BE SET” to evacuate
You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice
This level indicates there is significant danger in your area, and residents should either voluntarily evacuate now to a shelter or to family/friend’s home outside of the affected area.
If choosing to remain, residents need to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items but doing so is at their own risk.
This may be the only notice you receive.
Continue to monitor your telephone devices, local media sources, county website to receive further information. If conditions worsen, public safety will issue an upgrade to level 3 for this area and will make every attempt to return to this location with the new upgrade notice.
LEVEL 3: “GO” Evacuate NOW
Danger in your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this notice, you must understand that Public Safety Officials may not be available to assist you further.
DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
This may be the last notice you receive until the notice is cancelled or downgraded.
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are deemed safe by Public Safety Officials. Local and regional media partners (digital, print, radio), public safety and county website-social media sites-call center will provide periodic updates.
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STATE OF OREGON
OREGON – OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – CURRENT HAZARDS DASHBOARD
Information on fires, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, transportation, shelters and more.
plus daily report from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association)
OREGON WILDFIRE SITE
OREGON – PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION – CURRENT HAZARDS
(Public Health /Preparedness)
OREGON – PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION – EXTREME HEAT
(Public Health / Preparedness)
UNITED STATES – FEDERAL / NATIONAL
READY.GOV (Preparedness, checklists, information for the whole family)
FEMA Locations – Search by State / Zip Code
FEMA Service Referrals and Resources for OREGON (PDF format file)
** IMMEDIATE NEEDS **
SHELTER, FOOD, WATER, MEDICAL, etc.
EVACUATE OR STAY PUT?
When it comes to evacuation, DisasterAssistance.org says:
“Check with local tv and radio”
FIND EMERGENCY SHELTER
EMERGENCY FOOD AND WATER
DISASTER DISTRESS HOTLINE – TOLL FREE – MULTILINGUAL
CALL 1-800 985 5990
TEXT “TalkWithUs” to 66746
The Disaster Distress Helpline,
1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline
dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
ALERTS AND INFORMATION
NEW OR-ALERT System
OR-Alert is an effort to ensure statewide access to receive alerts, warnings, and notifications (AWN) systems, enabling real-time sharing of hazard information across Oregon’s 36 counties and tribal governments. This technology also allows county emergency managers to access notification tools including FEMA’s Integrated Alerts and Warnings System (IPAWS) which is capable of issuing messaging to all cell phones in a geographic area.
PUBLIC ALERTS – Signup to Get Alerts
Linn & Benton County
Multnomah County Call Aging & Disability Helpline for Assistance Registering at 503 988 3646
Washington County – Tigard residents can register for City Alert (https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/1E28B1D668D7) & Washco;
other residents should register only for the Washco County Alert System
FLASH ALERT messaging system – has news etc. from various sources / agencies / locations
BY OREGON COUNTY / REGION
METCOM911 ALERTS (Marion County)
DISASTER MAPS including FLOODING, WILDFIRES
FIRE MAPS by USDA USFS & NASA
(U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service & National Aeronautical Space Administration)
FIRMS = Fire Incident Resource Management System for USA & CANADA
Formerly USDA USFS Active Fire Mapping
CURRENT WILDLAND FIRES – USA INTERACTIVE MAP
RED CROSS SITES / REGION MAP FOR OREGON & MAP FOR OREGON & WASHINGTON
FIRE, WEATHER & AVALANCHE CENTER – MAPS FOR WILDFIRES AND OTHER HAZARDS
The Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center’s (FWAC) mission as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is to build user-friendly products for the public—with an emphasis on the backcountry. We are currently building new tools all the time, but could always use support from you to bring these features to life! Our Wildfire Map shows every wildland fire burning around the country. Check to see if there are any wildfires are burning near you.
GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
GIS Server List (links to geographic information such as cooling centers)
AirNow.gov reports air quality using the official U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), a color-coded index designed to communicate whether air quality is healthy or unhealthy for you. When you know the AQI in your area, you can take steps to protect your health. For more information, check out the links below:
AIRNOW.GOV Report on Portland, Oregon Air Quality
USA INTERACTIVE AIR QUALITY MAP
OREGON AIR QUALITY BY CITY
USA INTERACTIVE FIRE & SMOKE MAP
CALLING 911 with a CELL PHONE
TIP: Calling 911 with a cell phone the smart way – see if you can get better coordinates in case of emergency
Coordinates may not be accurate or precise for authorities to find you if you call 911 by cell phone.
There may be some ways to improve this for better coordinates in case of emergency.
Check out this article on the smart way to call 911 with a cell phone
and decide if you want to consider any or all of these to get better coordinates in case of emergency:
1) changing certain settings on your device (see the article above for details),
2) downloading the app FindMeSAR to your device, and/or
3) visit https://findmesar.com in your web browser
Credit: Found this tip on: https://mappingsupport.com/
Excerpt(s) from another PeerGalaxy listing:
Facebook Groups for People affected by Wildfire, Smoke, etc. in Oregon plus Resource Links
To join a Facebook Group, login to Facebook on your browser. Click a link to a group (see below). Then, click JOIN. You may be asked to answer up to 3 questions. Usually these questions ask if you agree to group rules (no spam, no harassment, etc.) and if you have direct lived experience, especially if the group is closed / reserved for people with lived experience.
More groups may become available. If you have one to share, please share via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FACEBOOK GROUP PAGES
For people affected by recent wildfires in Oregon
1. Oregon Fires 2020 / 2021
2. Wildfire Home Loss Peer Support Community
3. Rising from the Ashes of the Canyon (2020)
4. Bruler Fire 2021
MORE WILDFIRE RESOURCES
The COVID-19 & Oregon Wildfire Outreach Program (COWOP)
The COVID-19 & Oregon Wildfire Outreach Program (COWOP) empowers communities by connecting people to resources and services such as COVID-19 vaccination info; food, rent, and utility assistance; emotional support; and so much more. Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after a disaster isn’t something anyone needs to do alone.
English: Call or text 971- 420-1028
Spanish: Call or text 971- 420-1018
WILDFIRE WELLNESS TOOLKIT
The purpose of this guide is to support individuals, caregivers, and families impacted by wildfire. We hope to provide resources to improve general wellness and tools for resiliency, knowing that people with greater feelings of wellness are better equipped to support their family and community.
1. Coping with Stress
2. Wildfire Resources
3. Strength and Resilience
4. Values: A Personal Compass
5. Caregiver Edition
6. Your Personal Wellness Vision
WILDFIRE SUPPORT PHONE NUMBERS
Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services
ADAPT of Douglas County
Marion County Health & Human Services
Jackson County Health & Human Services
Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
Lane County Health & Human Services
Lincoln County Health & Human Services
Linn County Health Services
WARMLINES / HELPLINES
1. Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 free and confidential disaster crisis counseling to anyone in the United States at 1-800-985-5990
2. Oregon Behavioral Health Support Line offers free confidential support to Oregonians at 1-800-923-HELP (4357)
3. Lines for Life offers 24-hour crisis support for drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and thoughts of suicide to youth, military personnel and their families, and those affected by substance abuse at 1-800-273-8255
4. David Romprey Warmline offers free confidential peer support to Oregonians week based on the framework of Intentional Peer Support.
We focus on building relationships that are mutual, explorative, and conscious of power. We don’t try to “fix” people, rather, we would love to connect with you to listen, share, and learn with you as we both move forward in our life journeys.
Daily, Monday-Sunday, 9am-11pm PST at: 1-800-698-2392
NOTE: During periods of large call volume, hold times can vary; there is usually an option to get a call back without losing your place in line.
OTHER RESOURCE PAGES
In addition, you may want to visit these resource pages
1. State of Oregon Wildfire Resource Website
2. US DHS Disaster Assistance
3. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management), Oregon Wildfires (EM-3542-OR) page:
Event started 9/8/2020, Emergency declared 9/10/2020
4. FEMA Press Release:
State of Oregon and FEMA Working Together to Deliver Coordinated Wildfire Response
5. American Red Cross Shelters
For temporary sheltering needs, Oregon wildfire survivors can find locations available at www.RedCross.org/shelter
6. Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD)
For verified disaster relief organizations
7. Are you seeing signs of PTSD following the fires? Here’s what you can do from home
8. Emergency Alert System review on its way in Jackson County
9. Free Crisis Counseling
Free crisis counseling is available for Oregon residents affected by historic wildfire season
10. Health organization puts $500,000 toward post-fire recovery
DISCLAIMER: Information is provided solely as a courtesy with guarantees or warranties of any kind whatsoever. Use at your own risk and expense. You are hereby notified and advised to seek counsel from qualified professionals at your own risk and expense.