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.

Cascadia subduction earthquake
"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 predicts.
 
 Geologists calculate the odds of the"Big One" (8.0 to 9.0 magnitude Cascadia quake) occuring here 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 would suffer significant impacts.
 
HERE IS AN EXCELLENT SEISMIC SAFETY GUIDE FOR HOMEOWNERS - BY FEMA.
 
HERE ARE SLIDES FROM OUR RECENT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT JUNE 2016
 
HERE ARE SLIDES FROM OUR 2016 "BIG ONE" Cascadia event-   ALTHEA RIZZO, Ph.D slides and BARB AYERS, Hood River Emergency Manager slides.
 
CHECK YOUR HOME'S QUAKE and LANDSLIDE RISK on the Oregon Geology website here.
 
 Let's get prepared for the "Big One" and we'll be ready for any other emergency or disaster that comes our way.
Get Ready Gorge

Eagle Creek Fire response

Hood River County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management opened the countywide Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for 18 days, September 2-20 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. 

Be Safe! Be Prepared!

PREPARE FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IN OREGON, AUGUST 21 -  HERE'S A HANDY 6-page GUIDE - with a million extra visitors, don't underestimate the impact of the event on our community.

HERE ARE QUICK TIPS (1 page) ECLIPSE EMERGENCY PLANNING - PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

HERE'S A LINK TO OUR ECLIPSE PLANNING PAGE with things you need to know and how to prepare

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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.

Visit our one-stop web page for more info

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Barbara Ayers
HRC Emergency Manager

Contact
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.

HRC Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

Hood River County developed a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan and will be updating this plan in 2017-18.

Resources