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Spring Break is coming up and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas would like to remind Oregonians to stay safe while enjoying spring break activities. Lucas says the search and rescue community in Oregon stands ready to respond when needed, but that being safe and prepared should always be a priority when getting out to enjoy all Oregon has to offer.
Lucas says a lot of accidents can be avoided by being prepared and knowing where you're going, the weather conditions, what you need, and by bringing extra supplies like water and high protein or other snacks.
"If you are going out, away from the city, you should plan accordingly. Plan for safety and the unexpected," says Lucas. "When you go hiking, dress accordingly. Bring food, a cell phone and other supplies you may need."
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations in Oregon. That mission includes coordinating activities of state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue, liaising with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and other organizations, and providing on-scene search and rescue coordination when requested.
"Search and Rescue is a needed asset, especially in Oregon. We live in a large state with so many recreation opportunities," Lucas added. "No one goes out with the intent to get lost or injured so preparing in advance can keep you safe."
He said even though it is spring break, weather conditions still may be harsh, making it even more important to be prepared when heading outdoors. Here are some wilderness safety tips: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/upload/Safety%20Tips%20for%20Hiking-2.pdf
To learn more about the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Program go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/Search-and-Rescue.aspx
Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas (center) stands with U.S. Coast Guard Pilots, March 2017, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters prior to a capabilities demonstration of the MH-65 Short Range Recovery Helicopter. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters)
A scene at the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Summer Exercise in 2016 shows search and rescue personnel standing near Brim aviation search and rescue helicopters in Ashland, Ore.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)
Corvallis and Eugene Mountain Rescue teams are tested on their basic ground search and rescue rope rescue skills in June 2016 during Oregon Mountain Rescue Council re-certification at Mary's Peak outside of Corvallis Oregon.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today conducted a test of the FEMA Region X Media Outreach Network at the OEM Radio Communication Center. OEM Director Andrew Phelps provided a test message to media outlets and the public. The test occurred at 12 p.m.
The FEMA Region X Media Outreach Network is a broadcast channel that has been established for the media and public during emergencies.
"Using this radio network, we can share critical and timely information for life safety and the protection of property for the citizens of our state," said Phelps during the test message.
FEMA Region X External Affairs, in conjunction with state amateur radio leaders and public information officers, practiced passing emergency public messages. The FEMA Region X radio operator sent a voice message to media outlets in Idaho, Oregon and Washington on the FEMA channel.
Media and public are to encouraged to participate in this program by setting up amateur radio listening stations, but should not transmit on the channel.
If you have questions about this program and channel frequencies please contact the OEM public information office at email@example.com for the FEMA Region X contact information.
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From left to right: Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Exercise Controller Doug Jimenez; OEM Director Andrew Phelps; and OEM State Communications Officer Terry Pietras review the script for a FEMA Region X Radio Outreach Network test, March 15, at the OEM Radio Communication Center. (OEM Photo by Cory Grogan)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps reads a message for a FEMA Region X Radio Outreach Network test, March 15, at the OEM Radio Communication Center. (OEM Photo by Cory Grogan)
To listen to the FEMA Region X Radio Outreach Network test message by Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps, follow this link: