Friday, July 30, 2010

Clatskanie CERT Fund-Raiser

The Clatskanie Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering an old-fashioned dutch oven meal on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Clatskanie City Park from 5-7 p.m. for $8. The menu includes sausage, corn-on-the-cob, cubed potatoes with mushroom and cheese sauce and coleslaw. The food will be prepared by David Moore, a professional dutch oven cook and teacher.

A 12-inch Camp Chef dutch oven donated by Moore will be raffled following the dinner. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, with 1000 tickets available. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Clatskanie CERT team for vehicle repairs.

Report courtesy of The Clatskanie Chief

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Facebook, Twitter

Do you have Facebook or Twitter? Columbia County Emergency Management sends out regular alerts for preparedness, emergencies (flooding, most major accidents, etc.), and other important reminders through these two services--more often than blog updates. You can even set up Facebook and Twitter to send you text messages to your phone so you can get these important alerts while away from the computer!

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Facebook-- search for "Columbia County Emergency Management"

Text messages from these services are FREE (standard text message rates from your provider may apply depending on your individual plan).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cooling Centers in St. Helens, Scappoose

For those in need of a way to beat the heat on Wednesday and Thursday, there are cooling centers open in the following areas (times open follow):

St. Helens:

St. Helens Senior Center, 375 South 15 Street: 9 AM-3 PM


Rose Valley Assisted Living, 33800 Frederick: 10 AM-4 PM
Scappoose Senior Center, 33342 Meadow Drive: 10 AM-4 PM

Please bring your own food and drink as these centers are only providing cooled shelter from the heat of the day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Heat Advisory for Columbia County

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a heat advisory for Columbia County starting at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 7 and ending at 9 PM on Thursday, June 8th. Temperatures are expected to be in the middle to high 90s during the day and drop only into the 50s and lower 60s overnight.

Drink plenty of fluids. Try to stay in the shade and watch for heat exhaustion if working outdoors. Check on relatives and neighbors, especially those without air conditioning.

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Dealing with Household Hazardous Materials

Focus on Fire Safety: Residential Hazardous Materials Safety

Residential hazardous materials (hazmat) safety is important in preventing fires in and around your home. Hazmat safety involves the proper handling and storage of combustibles and flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, oil, aerosols, certain household cleaning products, and painting supplies.

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