Salem, OR—Correction: Polk County is included in the emergency declaration, making the total number of counties included in the declaration 23 (not 22 as stated in the original release).
At the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Governor Kate Brown today declared a state of emergency in 22 counties to ensure additional resources are available to respond to forecasted excessive high temperatures. The emergency declaration was triggered by the need for state agencies to assist local and Tribal jurisdictions in providing for the health and safety of their residents.
"As Oregon faces another high heat event, it's important that we make available all needed resources to assist every level of government helping Oregonians stay safe and healthy," said Governor Brown. "We know that these excessively high temperatures are placing a significant burden on local and Tribal jurisdictions, and that they can also impact critical infrastructure, including utilities and transportation."
The Governor has directed the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to activate the state's Emergency Coordination Center, and state agencies to provide any assistance requested by OEM. As part of the declaration, the Oregon Health Authority will activate the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR)—the state's roster of licensed physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other health professionals—as necessary to respond to the heat event.
In addition, Oregonians are encouraged to call 211 for information on cooling centers; 211 will be staffed 24/7 to respond to inquiries and requests for assistance.
A full copy of the emergency declaration, Executive Order 21-26, is available here.