Winter Weather Week
The week of November 9-15 is Winter Weather awareness Week in the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Now is the ideal time for individuals, families, businesses, and schools to review their winter weather preparedness plans. It is especially important for persons new to the region to become familiar with NOAA’s National Weather service Watch and Warning definitions, as well as winter weather safety procedures.
Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be quite hazardous, with snow and ice in the mountains. All areas of the Pacific Northwest are at risk of nearly every type of winter weather possible, from blizzards to ice and flooding and cold.
Each year, dozens of Americans die due to prolonged exposure to the cold. Major winter storms can be accompanied by strong winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. To help communities learn more about these dangers, NOAA’s National Weather Service has developed important tools to educate the public about how to prepare for winter weather.
More information on Winter Weather Week can be found here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrh/seasonal/winterAwareness/?wfo=sew
OEM partners with Dark Horse Comics to release a preparedness comic book
“Without Warning” tells the story of a teenager trying to reunite with her family after an earthquake. Click here for more information.
Emergency Support Function Realignment
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has expanded its Emergency Support Function structure from 15 to 18 roles. Emergency Support Functions are groupings of critical functions or capabilities into an organizational structure to provide support, resources, and services necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, restore essential services and help survivors return to normal functioning following a disaster. More information on the realignment can be found here : ESF Issue Paper.
Texting to 9-1-1
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested that the four mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint implement changes that will allow consumers to text to 9-1-1 services; however, this technology is not currently available in Oregon. Click here for more information.
FY 2014 State Homeland Security Program Grant
Oregon Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce the opening of the FY 2014 State Homeland Security Program Grant application period. The application information can be accessed by clicking here.
Grant Workshop Presentation ( click here)
Grant Workshop Sched ule
Click here for the current Grant Workshop Schedule
Unified Hazard MitigationAssistance(HMA) - Non-DisasterGrant Potential Mitigation Planning and/or Project Sub-Applicants in Oregon
Drought Declaration Process
As a result of significantly low rainfall amounts for the past few months, the State's water availability and drought councils will meet in February. Click onthis linkto viewresources to jurisdictions looking to understand the drought declaration process.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster loans Available for Harney, Lake, and Malheur Counties
Small, nonfarm businesses in three Oregon counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Harney, Lake, and Malheur Counties are eligible for the loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on September 1, 2013.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” said Tanya N. Garfield, Acting Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.
Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
According to Garfield eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. The loans have an interest rate of $5 for businesses and 2.875% for private, nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on January 15, 2014.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela .
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing
email@example.com. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster .
The deadline to apply for these loans is September 15, 2014.
Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program
Most homeowners and commercial insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program covers damages caused by flood, mudflows, and collapse or subsidence of land caused by floodwaters. Flood insurance is available anywhere even outside the flood zones.
Severe Weather, Stay Safe!
The Office of Emergency Management encourages you to be safe and avoid any unnecessary travel. If you have to travel, please be prepared and drive cautiously. Less traffic on the roads will allow first responders and maintenance crews to provide critical services more effectively.
Earthquake & Tsunami Awareness in Oregon
Oregon suffered considerable damage from two moderate earthquake events in 1993 and distant tsunamis in 1964 and 2011. Scientific evidence indicates that Oregon is at risk for a much larger and potentially more damaging earthquake associated with the Cascadia Subduction Zone that is expected to generate strong ground shaking and a destructive tsunami. The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan brings the hazard home and offers a teachable moment.