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?

Hood River County is updating its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Mitigation plans outline 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 from a variety of sectors helped update our existing plan and the update will be sent for adoption by Hood River County Board of Commissioners and the City Councils of Cascade Locks and Hood River in summer 2018.

Please help us by reviewing the plan and offering input (until July 30, 2018).

Send comments to: Nicolia Mehrling at nicolia.mehrling@co.hood-river.or.us.

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

Summer preparedness

Quick Tips 2018 are here

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.

Many thanks go to our partner agencies, staff and hard-working volunteers that staffed this incident. The EOC team also opened a JIC (Joint Information Center) and a public call center to offer daily updates, maps and information to residents and businesses in this incident.

The first phase of Emergency Managment is PREPAREDNESS - the last phase is RECOVERY. Recovery assistance is now available for local businesses - Hood River was successful in requesting activation of the SBA economic injury disaster loan program. Business may obtain long term (up to 30 years) low interest (2.5-3.3%) SBA loans to help recoup lost revenue.  

This was the second time in one year that HRC was able to bring the SBA economic injury business loan program here to aid  local businesses (also for winter storm 2017.) Hood River led the state in highest number of businesses interested in this recovery program.

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

Click here for our GET READY GORGE 1-page family emergency kit 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 at least 3 days - 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.