NON-EMERGENCY Health and Social Services and Disaster Assistance
Dial 211 to receive information regarding vital resources such as food, energy assistance, low cost health clinics, parent resources, affordable housing, and more.
Information and Links for Disaster Preparedness:
A recent article in The New Yorker about the Cascadia Event (earthquake and tsunami) has renewed public interest in what Oregon and Washington agencies and local governments have been planning for since the 1990’s: the worst natural disaster in the history of North America. Link to the article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one
Preparation for the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake has intensified in the last few years in Oregon and Washington, with many organizations partnering to provide information and resources for disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery.
The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) is a coalition of private and public representatives working together to improve the ability of Cascadia Region communities, businesses and homeowners to reduce the effects of earthquakes. Their website http://www.crew.org/ offers links to earthquake and preparedness information and programs for individuals, communities, and businesses that range from family checklists to community planning.
The Wasco County Emergency Management System http://co.wasco.or.us/county/dept_sheriff_emergency.cfm is coordinated with the State of Oregon’s Emergency Management system. Their website includes the County’s wildfire plan, Mt. Hood Coordination Plan, and Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, Ambulance service area plan, and other plans to help individuals, families, and communities for specific emergencies like earthquake, flood, severe weather, landslides, animals in disaster, etc.
The Ford Family Foundation has compiled research and information about the Cascadia Event and Resilient Communities. Here is one article about how to create a resilient community: http://www.tfff.org/community-vitality/spring-2014-issue-1/your-most-immediate-source-support.