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Climate Hazards in Oregon

Be Prepared for Climate Hazards

The Oregon Climate and Health Program partners with the State's Preparedness, Surveillance and Epidemiology Team and the Health Security, Preparedness and Response Teams to study current climate hazards and response systems.

Oregon's Public Health Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (pdf) summarizes public health consequences of Oregon's likely hazards based on the input from local health jurisdictions, tribal health agencies, and emergency management partners.

The Oregon Health Authority now collects real-time data for public health and hospitals to monitor what is happening in emergency departments across the state. OHA provides regular Hazard Reports that offer a window into the health consequences of climate hazards.

You can find additional information and resources for preparing for specific climate hazards below:

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Extreme Heat

Extreme heat events are projected to increase in Oregon. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many Oregonians may not be familiar with the risks. Learn how you can help protect your family and neighbors.


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Wildfires and Smoke

Wildfires occur every year in Oregon and are projected to increase in frequency and magnitude. Smoke can create dangerous conditions for people, especially those with chronic health conditions. You can take steps to reduce health effects from wildfire smoke.


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During a drought, rainfall and snowpack levels are lower than average for an extended period of time resulting in far-reaching consequences. Learn more about potential health effects of drought.


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Winter Storms

Oregon is likely to experience more extreme weather events including winter storms. Learn what you can do in case of bad winter weather.


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Climate hazards are often interconnected. An increase in drought and extreme weather events will likely lead to an increase in floods. Learn simple steps you can take today to keep your family safe.


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Landslides may become more common as we experience more extreme storms and floods. The best way to prepare is to stay informed about changes in and around your home that could signal increased risk.


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