Hood River County

Sheriff's Office

Emergency Management

Hood River County Emergency Management prepares for, coordinates response and logistical support, mitigation and community recovery for natural and man-made disasters and large scale emergencies.

Hood River County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan update

We know disasters will come to Hood River County…the only question is when. How will we prepare for the inevitable?

In 2018, Hood River County updated its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan This plan outlines community risk to natural hazards and potential actions the County can take to reduce risks to people, property and the local economy BEFORE the next wildfire, winter storm, flood or earthquake. A panel of experts helped update our existing plan and the update will be adopted by Hood River County Board of Commissioners and the City Councils of Cascade Locks and Hood River in fall 2018.

Cascadia subduction earthquake - "The Big One"

"When, not if, the magnitude 9.0 quake strikes - let alone the accompanying tsunami, Oregon will face the greatest challenge in its history" - the Oregon Earthquake Commission.

Geologists calculate the odds of "The Big One" (7.0 to 9.0 magnitude Cascadia quake off the Pac NW coast) occuring in the next 50 years at roughly one in three. Four decades ago, no one even knew this risk existed. Although the quake and related impacts would likely be focused on the coast and I-5 cooridor, Hood River and counties across the Pacific Northwest would suffer significant impacts.
Cascadia Subduction - Big One 2017 presentations:  ALTHEA RIZZO, Ph.D from OR Office of Emergency Management and BARB AYERS, Hood River Emergency Manager.
CHECK YOUR HOME'S QUAKE and LANDSLIDE RISK on the State's interactive website.
Hood River County Emergency Management VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION TO CASCADIA earthquakes.
Let's get prepared for The Big One and we'll be ready for other, smaller emergencies that come our way.
Get Ready Gorge

Disaster preparedness

Quick Tips 2018 are here - preparedness and evacuation

What's in your kit - a visual guide (no words needed!) 

HERE'S A LINK TO OUR ECLIPSE PLANNING PAGE 2017 with things you need to know and how to prepare for summer tourism season with lots of people around in prime fire season.


Eagle Creek Fire response

After the Fire- power point here

Hood River County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management opened the countywide Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for 18 days, September 2-20, 2017 during the Eagle Creek Fire incident, 12 hours per day, to help our community.

Many thanks go to our partner agencies, staff and hard-working volunteers that staffed this incident. The EOC team created one of the State's first Evacuation Plans, supported shelter needs, navigated rapidly changing hazards, opened a Joint Information Center with local, regional and state response agencies, and opened a public call center to offer hourly and daily updates, maps and information to residents and businesses in Spanish and English.

The first phase of Emergency Managment is PREPAREDNESS - the last phase is RECOVERY.

State and Federal recovery assistance was available from fall 2017 to July 31, 2018 - Hood River Emergency Management was successful in bringining in economic injury disaster loans for local businesses, offering up to 30 year loans with incredibly low interest (2.5%) to help locals recoup lost revenue.  

This was the second time in 2017 that we were able to bring the SBA economic injury business loan program here (also winter storm 2017.) Hood River led the state in highest number of businesses interested in this recovery program, and that also helped neighboring counties get the program as well.


Earthquakes, wildfires, winter storms, landslides and flooding. They can happen at any time.

Click here for our GET READY GORGE 8-page family emergency info guide.

Click on the Get READY Gorge photo to download the guide:

Hood River Emergency Management created this in depth guide to help YOU and YOUR FAMILY prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Barbara Ayers
HRC Emergency Manager

541 386-1213 541 386-1213

Hood River County Emergency Management is a regional resource - we partner with Cities, Counties, Fire Departments, 911, schools, medical, health and other first response agencies Gorge-wide, to prepare our region for large scale emergencies and disasters.

We are the direct link to partner with, and access additional regional, state and federal support.

We manage grants, disaster planning and programs that enhance our county's readiness and response. We help citizens and businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters.

We successfully competed for a national grant to host a community emergency management training, IEMC (Integrated Emergency Management Course) - Hood River specific - in December 2016.

We learned a lot in this four day course, attended by 96 leaders. CLICK HERE to download our After Action Report/Improvement Plan. We are dedicated to continuous improvement!

Citizens and businesses are encouraged to be self-sufficient for up to 3 weeks, should an emergency or disaster occur.


We are here for you - and we also appreciate you doing your part to prepare your family for emergencies.