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.
JOIN US   for THE BIG ONE 2.0 - special event Thurs. April 20, 5-8pm at Rockford Grange and Westside Fire Dept. Station #1 - 4250 Barrett Dr.
Back by popular demand! Free food catered by Fresh Start, hands-on skill stations led by local public safety leaders - learn how to use a fire extinguisher, build a Go-Kit, learn to shelter in place, purify water, retrofit your home, enjoy the free Westside Fire Dept. BBQ, create a family or business emergency plan and much more! No-host wine bar. 
On April 20, Dr. Althea Rizzo, a riveting state geologic speaker is our keynote again at THE BIG ONE 2017, and you'll hear updates from Hood River County Emergency Manager Barb Ayers on how far we've come in the last year.  
 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 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

Be Safe! Be Prepared!

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

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.
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 this Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan through a regional partnership funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive Grant Program.  FEMA awarded the Mid-Columbia Gorge Region grant to support the update of natural hazards mitigation plans for eight counties in the region.

This project would not have been possible without technical and financial support provided by Mid-Columbia Council of Governments.

We will be updating this plan in 2017.