Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The state highways (US 30, OR 47, OR 202) look good right now with patches of ice occasionally. If you plan to travel these routes, please check http://tripcheck.net for the latest information.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
* Columbia River Fire and Rescue (includes St. Helens, Columbia City and Rainier)--503-397-2990 (http://www.crfr.com)
* Scappoose Fire--503-543-5026 (http://www.srfd.us)
* Clatskanie Fire--503-728-2025
* Vernonia Fire--503-429-8252 (http://www.vernoniafire.us)
* Mist-Birkenfeld Fire--503-755-2710
Monday, December 14, 2009
Those attending this clinic can expect to wait in line and fill out paperwork for each person with them (such as children) receiving a vaccine. A limited number of vouchers for Columbia County Rider transportation are available by contacting the Public Health office (see contact information below).
Those with health insurance may receive their vaccination now at the following places if they choose:
* OHSU Clinic--Scappoose
* Legacy Clinic--St. Helens
* Dr. Kelly's--St. Helens
* Providence Clinic--Vernonia
Those who are underinsured, are without insurance, or their private providers do not have the H1N1 vaccine on-hand may schedule an appointment at Public Health's office.
To contact Public Health with any questions, please call 503-397-4651.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
1029 AM PST THU DEC 10 2009
...A WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT MUCH OF NORTHWEST OREGON
AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON LATE FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...
LOWER COLUMBIA-GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-I-
5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ST. HELENS...HILLSBORO...OREGON CITY...
1029 AM PST THU DEC 10 2009
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER METRO
AREAS...AND THE LOWER COLUMBIA AND I-5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ
COUNTY...AND THE COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH FOR FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
* PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS EARLY AS LATE FRIDAY EVENING.
* PRECIPITATION IS LIKELY TO START AS SNOW...SLEET OR FREEZING
RAIN IN THE PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER METRO AREA...AS SNOW FURTHER
* SOUTH AND WESTERN PARTS OF THE METRO AREA MAY CHANGE TO RAIN DURING
THE DAY SATURDAY...WITH SNOW SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN CONTINUING
* WINTRY PRECIPITATION MAY CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY NIGHT.
* THERE IS A GREATER THAN NORMAL DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY WITH THIS
FORECAST...SO CHECK WITH LATER FORECASTS FOR MORE DETAILS.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Holiday Gifts that can Save Lives
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Release Number: R10-10-003
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Each and every year millions of American lives are disrupted by natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods and wildfire. But all disasters—large or small—share a common attribute: they focus attention on the importance of disaster preparedness and the critical need to take action before disaster strikes. The trick is to convert good intentions into good deeds, and according to Acting FEMA Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger, there's no time like the holidays.
"Disaster-ready gifts can save lives, and are a wonderful way of welcoming in 2010," said Hunsinger. "Helping to better prepare neighbors, friends and loved ones for emergencies is a great way to say 'I care.'"
Emergency and preparedness items that might make great gifts this Holiday Season include:
- NOAA Weather Radios and extra batteries.
- Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class.
- Smoke detectors.
- Appropriate fire extinguishers (kitchen, garage, car).
- Disaster kits for homes, offices and autos (first aid kits, food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours, extra clothing, blankets, flashlights).
- Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire.
- Car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags).
- Pet Disaster Kits (food, water, leashes, dishes and carrying case or crate).
- A camp stove with extra fuel.
- The gift of a gardener to cut back combustible vegetation from wildfire-vulnerable homes.
- National Flood Insurance.
Stay informed of FEMA's activities online: videos and podcasts available at www.fema.gov/medialibrary and www.youtube.com/fema; follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/femainfocus twitter.com/femaregion10 and on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/fema.
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.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... NORTH OREGON COAST-COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON-WILLAPA HILLS-SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ASTORIA...CANNON BEACH...TILLAMOOK...VERNONIA...JEWELL...TRASK...FRANCES...RYDERWOOD...RAYMOND...LONG BEACH...CATHLAMET
* FROM MIDNIGHT PST TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON
* HEAVY RAIN TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES IN THE WILLAPA HILLS AND 2 TO 3 INCHES IN THE NORTH OREGON COAST RANGE AND ALONG THE NORTH OREGON AND SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST.
* RIVERS OF GREATEST CONCERN FOR FLOODING INCLUDE THE WILLAPA...GRAYS AND NASELLE RIVERS IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON...THE LOWER NEHALEM RIVER IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY OREGON AND THE NECANICUM RIVER IN CLATSOP COUNTY OREGON. IF THE FRONTAL BAND MOVES FURTHER SOUTH THE WILSON AND TRASK RIVERS COULD ALSO BE IMPACTED. THERE IS LESS OF A THREAT FOR THE WILSON AND TRASK RIVERS EXCEPT ALONG THE LOWEST REACHES WHERE HIGH TIDES COULD RESULT IN FLOODING ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ONCURRENT FORECASTS.LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS FLOOD EVENT.PEOPLE...STRUCTURES AND ROADS LOCATED BELOW STEEP SLOPES...INCANYONS AND NEAR THE MOUTHS OF CANYONS MAY BE AT SERIOUS RISKFROM RAPIDLY MOVING LANDSLIDES.YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLEFLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BEPREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.THE NEXT UPDATE FOR THIS WATCH WILL BE ISSUED BY 1 AM THURSDAY.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The class will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at 6 PM at the Cowlitz County Public Works Bldg. at 1600 South 13th in Kelso, Washington--right across the river from Rainier. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a drawing for door prizes! If you would like to attend, please contact Jennifer at Cowlitz County EM at 360-577-3130 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Monday, October 26, 2009
* Pregnant women
* Children 6 months to 18 years of age
* Young adults ages 19-24
* Persons 25-64 who have health conditions associated with higher risk complications from influenza (asthma, compromised immune systems, etc.)
* Healthcare personnel
* Emergency medical services personnel (firefighters, law enforcement, EMS providers, correctional personnel, public safety dispatchers)
The vaccines will be available as injection shots and FluMist. For more information, please contact Columbia Health District at 503-397-4651.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Participants in the exercise include, but are not limited to, the following: Clatskanie School District, City of Clatskanie, Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Columbia 911 and Columbia County Emergency Management.
If you have questions, please contact Derek White at 503-366-3905 or Derek.White@co.columbia.or.us .
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
For more information, see the National Weather Service--Portland Office website:
Thursday, September 17, 2009
* We have had three presidentially-declared disasters in the past three years due to winter storms, sometimes stranding people at home for days or forcing them to evacuate;
* We have a major highway transportation route coming through our county via U.S. 30, which carry a lot of trucks hauling potentially hazardous chemicals;
* We have industrial plants either located in or near our county that produce or use massive amounts of potentially hazardous chemicals;
* We live alongside a major international shipping route called the Columbia River, carrying cargo from ports halfway around the world;
* We have a rail line in the county that can carry potentially hazardous chemicals;
* We are near a major international airport (Portland International Airport) and have many large jets flying overhead at almost all hours of the day;
* We are vulnerable to wildfires due to the amount of forested lands we have;
* We are near a major fault zone called the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which can cause massive earthquakes that will equal that of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake;
* We have had and can still have landslides at various parts of the county.
These are just a few of the possibilities. This is not meant to scare you but instead to make you aware of the fact that we do have things that have and can hurt us if and when things don't go right. Failing to plan is planning to fail, so make sure you know what to do during any emergency. Just a few moments of preparedness can save your life or the life of someone you work or live with. Go to http://www.ready.gov to get started!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
* Develop or review emergency plans at home and work.
* Put together a preparedness kit filled with supplies that will help you survive at least 72 hours. If you have already put such a kit together, you need to check the kit and replace anything outdated or worn.
* Check fire extinguishers and replace smoke detector batteries.
* Look for safety hazards around the home, such as worn electrical cords or bad door locks.
This is just a list of examples. For more information, go to www.ready.gov . If you need assistance with any preparedness kits or plans, feel free to contact Columbia County Emergency Management at 503-366-3905 or Derek.White@co.columbia.or.us .
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
* Vernonia: City Library
* Clatskanie: Rec Center and Presbyterian Church
* Scappoose: Rose Valley Retirement Center
* St. Helens, Warren: Warren Community Fellowship Church
The centers will be open from 10 AM-8 PM through at least Thursday, July 30, 2009.
Those needing transport to a cooling center can call CCRider Dispatch at 503-366-0159 to get a ride free of charge.
Monday, July 20, 2009
For the latest on this hot weather, go to:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
* Friday, August 7th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Scappoose City Hall, located at 33568 Columbia Avenue in Scappoose.
* Saturday, August 8th from 10 AM-Noon at the Clatskanie School Board Office, located at 555 SW Bryant Street in Clatskanie.
The presenter will be James Roddey, an earth sciences information officer for DOGAMI. Roddey has given numerous talks around Oregon about the earthquakes that have occurred in the Pacific Northwest and what Native American legend, history and science tell us about these events.
The talks are free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a drawing for a free preparedness kit. For more information, please contact Columbia County Emergency Management at 503-366-3905 or Derek.White@co.columbia.or.us .
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
CAN already has every listed and unlisted landline phone number in Columbia County as provided by the phone companies. However, it is up to each individual to provide Columbia 911 with cell or VoIP (internet) phone numbers as they do not have these numbers. It is important to sign these numbers up so that you can stay informed of major emergencies if you are away from your home or you do not have a landline phone.
To get registered, go to: http://www.columbia911.com .
Monday, May 4, 2009
"The week of May 3-9 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. This is an excellent time for all individuals, families, businesses, schools, radio and television stations to review their spring and summer storm preparedness plans. It is especially important for new arrivals to the Pacific Northwest to become familiar with NOAA's National Weather Service Watch and Warning definitions, and their safety procedures.
"Spring in the Pacific Northwest can bring snow one day, then thunderstorms the next. The chance of severe thunderstorms will be increasing through the next several weeks. Are you prepared for severe thunderstorms that produce large hail, tornadoes, flash flooding, mudslides and even lightning caused wildfires? Are you ready for storms along the coast? This is the time to learn more about severe weather, develop severe weather preparedness plans, and test vital communications. To help our communities learn more about these dangers, NOAA's National Weather Service will issue Public Information Statements throughout the week to discuss:
MONDAY - Flood and flash flood safety
TUESDAY - Tornadoes and tornado safety, or Special Marine Warnings
WEDNESDAY - Wind, Hail, and Lightning safety
THURSDAY - Wildfires
FRIDAY - NWS Watch and Warning program
SATURDAY - NOAA Weather Radio
"Remember, in times of severe weather, you can get all these vital NOAA/National Weather Service messages via NOAA Weather Radio, your favorite local media, or through NOAA's National Weather Service websites."
For more information, visit the NWS Portland website at www.weather.gov/portland .
Columbia Health District--www.chdpublichealth.com
State of Oregon H1N1 Flu Website--www.flu.oregon.gov
Centers for Disease Control--www.cdc.gov/swineflu
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Links to Partner Agencies
- Clatskanie Fire
- Clatskanie Police
- Columbia 911 and CAN Registration
- Columbia County Sheriff
- Columbia County, Oregon Website
- Columbia River Fire and Rescue
- Mist-Birkenfeld Fire District
- Oregon Department of Foresty Wildfire Programs
- Oregon Red Cross
- Ready.gov--Website with Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Scappoose Fire
- Scappoose Police
- St. Helens Police
- The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County
- Vernonia Fire
- Vernonia Police