Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cooling Center in Scappoose Friday 7/31

There will be a cooling center in Scappoose on Friday, July 31. It will be located at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, located at 51555 SW Old Portland Road in Scappoose. It will be open from Noon-8 PM, with a dinner from 5-6:30 PM. For more information, call 503-543-2110.

Public Information About Heat

Columbia County has its Public Inquiry Center open to take calls regarding how to stay cool and how to find cooling centers in your area. Call 503-397-0005 for more information.

Hot Weather and Cooling Centers

This extreme heat continues. There are various cooling centers open around Columbia County:

* 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

Hot Temperatures This Week

Mid- to upper-90s most of the week. Please try to stay cool and out of the sun when possible. Drink plenty of water and don't forget the suntan lotion to keep from getting burned. Remember that this hot, dry weather can also make fires more likely so make sure to follow the burn ban and be extra careful with grilling so you don't cause a fire.

For the latest on this hot weather, go to:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Earthquake Talks

The Columbia County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Commission (HSEMC) and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) are pleased to present two discussions on the threat of earthquakes in Oregon. The events will occur at:

* 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 .

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Heat Advisory for Columbia County, Oregon

Heat Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for Columbia County, Oregon for Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd. For more information, please visit .