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Salem Fire Department Reminds Residents of Fireworks Safety - 06/23/17

Beginning June 23 and running through July 6, fireworks are approved for sale in Oregon. State-legal fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers in Salem during this time period. You can also enjoy watching the large professional fireworks displays around the area.

Each year during this time period, the Salem Fire Department responds to many fireworks-related incidents. Some of these incidents have resulted in very expensive losses, damaging both vehicles and buildings. Injuries related to fireworks use are also a concern. National statistics indicate children and teenagers have two-and-a-half times the risk of fireworks-related injury as compared to the general population.

Protect your family and property from fireworks-related fires and injuries by practicing the "Four BE's" as recommended by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Salem Fire Department.

BE PREPARED before lighting the fireworks
* Use only legal fireworks available at licensed fireworks sales locations
* Store fireworks out of children's reach
* Always read and follow the directions on the firework's label
* Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks
* Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water)

BE SAFE when lighting fireworks
* Only adults should light fireworks
* Keep matches and lighters away from children
* Only use fireworks outdoors and away from combustibles
* Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
* Keep children and pets away from fireworks
* Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand

BE RESPONSIBLE after lighting fireworks
* Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water
* Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly
* Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait at least 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water)

BE AWARE of laws governing fireworks
* Use only legal fireworks
* Use fireworks only where it is legal to do so.
* Fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks

The Salem Fire Department encourages you and your family to have a fun and enjoyable Independence Day celebration by ensuring safe practices and legal use of consumer fireworks. Please use your fireworks safely and responsibly and remember to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe."

Hot Weather This Weekend, Salem Cooling Locations and Heat Prevention Tips - 06/23/17

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory and excessive heat watch for the Salem area. The Heat Advisory remains in effect from 12 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Saturday. The Excessive Heat Watch is in effect beginning 12 p.m. Saturday through Sunday evening.

The following locations are open and are available as cooling locations:

* Main Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5p.m.
* West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW, Friday and Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., closed Sunday
* Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. closed Sunday
* Other locations open to the public.

Area residents are also invited to make use of the splash pads in several of Salem's parks. They operate seven days a week.
* 10 a.m.--8 p.m. Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE
* 10 a.m.--8 p.m. River Road Park, 3045 River Road N
* 12 p.m.--8 p.m. Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S
* 12 p.m.--8 p.m. Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE
* 12 p.m.--8 p.m. Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE
* 12 p.m.--8 p.m. West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW
* 12 p.m.--8 p.m. Englewood Park, 1260 19th Street NE

Prevention of heat related illness is critical during hot weather. Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

* Drink lots of fluids! You should drink small amounts frequently, e.g. one cup every 20 minutes.

* Don't leave children or pets in the car! Even leaving them in the car for a little bit can be dangerous. The temperature in your vehicle is significantly hotter than outside.

* Manage your workloads and do your heaviest physical labor in the cooler part of the day. Add frequent short breaks. Watch yourself and coworkers for signs of heat illness.

* Wear lightweight clothing. Light colored cotton fabric is a good choice.

* Pull blinds or shades to reduce the amount of solar heating coming from the windows. Keep windows closed when air conditioning is running.

* When possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, public library, theater, or other public location that does.

* Be sure pets have lots of fresh water to drink.

* Check on sick and elderly neighbors that may be susceptible to heat illness.

Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park, Tuesday, July 4 - 06/22/17

Salem area residents are invited to come and enjoy a free, fun, family friendly, Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4 at Riverfront Park. Join us for the fireworks display about 10 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring blankets or low back chairs. No alcohol or fireworks are permitted in the park. Please arrive early to grab a good spot.

Parking is provided in the north end of Riverfront Park (enter off Union Street NE), Wallace Marine Park, downtown streets, and parking garages.

The Riverfront Park Dock will close at noon on Tuesday, July 4th, to allow for fireworks set-up.

Salem Seeks Additional Public Input on Update to Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan - 06/20/17

(Salem, OR) -- Salem is currently in the process of updating their existing Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon Community Service Center-Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department's Office of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. With re-adoption of the plan, Salem will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding toward natural hazard mitigation projects. This local planning process includes a wide range of representatives from the city and emergency management personnel, and outreach to members of the public in the form of an electronic survey.

A natural hazards mitigation plan gives communities goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Jurisdictions that engage in mitigation activities see a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.

An electronic version of the updated draft Salem NHMP Is available at http://opdr.uoregon.edu/salem_nhmp

In addition, Salem asks residents to complete a brief survey regarding their preparedness for natural hazards at http://bit.ly/2rAdh9d.

If you have any questions regarding the Salem NHMP or the update process in general, please contact: Roger Stevenson Salem Emergency Manager at 503-763-3331 or rstevenson@cityofsalem.net; or Michael Howard, Assistant Program Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at (541) 346-8413 or mrhoward@uoregon.edu.

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Wednesday Farmers Market Moves to New Downtown Location (Photo) - 06/09/17

Salem's Wednesday Farmers Market has a new location downtown, just one block east of its prior location. The weekday market is now available on Wednesdays through Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Courthouse Square North Block, 500 block Chemeketa St. N.E.

"In May, the Wednesday Farmers Market moved from our former street location to our new space. We are thrilled with the new location and the public has been very complimentary about the space -- it's really a perfect location for our weekly event," said Lisa Sherman, Executive Director, Salem Saturday Market.

"The Wednesday Farmers Market is a great addition to Courthouse Square," said Marion County Chief Administrative Officer John Lattimer, current president of Cherriots, and Marion County Condominium Board that jointly owns the block. "It's gratifying to see the area utilized for a community activity and we're looking forward to an ongoing partnership with Salem Saturday Market."

The Salem Saturday Market is dedicated to bringing fresh, local produce, flowers, authentic food, craft, and art to the Salem community. Since 1998, the Salem Saturday Market has grown to be one of the largest market operations in the State of Oregon. For additional information about Salem's Markets, go to www.salemsaturdaymarket.com.

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Celebrate Public Works Day, June 29, 2017, at Riverfront Park - 06/06/17

The public is invited to join the City of Salem, Public Works Department in celebrating the
14th Annual Public Works Day at Riverfront Park on Thursday, June 29, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Works services impact all Salem residents and this celebration is an opportunity to learn more about what the Public Works Department and its employees do for you and the City of Salem.

Enjoy a multitude of family activities including: exhibits from various divisions of Public Works, Claudia the 29-foot Chinook Salmon, face painting, free child-size hard hats, water pipe repair demonstrations, and the Water Pollution Prevention Relays. Public Works will have equipment on display, such as backhoes, plows, and dump trucks.

The Fire Department will be hosting fire engine tours, conducting family fire escape drills, and assisting children in competing in the Jr. Firefighter Challenge.

There will be many new booths to explore this year, in addition to all the returning booths offering information on the community and different City programs. Free hot dogs, chips, drinks, and ice cream will be served.

There is no charge for attending, but canned food or cash donations to Marion-Polk Food Share are encouraged.

Peter Courtney Minto Bridge and Paths Close June 5 - August 2 for Construction; Will Remain Open on Weekends - 05/31/17

Salem, Ore. -- Salem's newest attraction, the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, will temporarily close Monday through Friday beginning June 5 for two months. The Bridge will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays. During the weekday closure, the temporary work bridge will be removed and the remaining concrete retaining walls and bridge paths will be completed. This closure is necessary to ensure safety for park users while a large crane removes roughly 40 pilings supporting the temporary work bridge.

The bridge will re-open to the public during the celebration event at 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 2 in Riverfront Park. A passport activity during Downtown Salem's First Wednesday festivities will follow the ribbon cutting. Stay tuned for more announcements about the celebration in coming weeks.

The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge links Downtown Salem to Minto Island and more than 20 miles of off-street trails, as well as 1,400 acres of parks and natural areas. Since its April soft opening, more than 62,000 individuals have crossed the Peter Courtney Minto Island Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge on foot, bicycle, and other methods.

For more information on the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge or to sign up to receive bridge progress updates via email, please go to www.cityofsalem.net/mintobridge.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6211.

For questions related to construction, please contact Aaron Kimsey at 503-588-6211 or akimsey@cityofsalem.net.

For questions related to the opening celebration, please contact Nicole Miller at 503-540-2415 or nmiller@cityofsalem.net.