For Earth Day - "The Big One, what Gorge residents need to know" Thursday night in Hood River, Springhouse Cellar winery 5:30-8:30pm (Photo)
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Join Hood River County, Hood River Sheriff's Office, Columbia Gorge Community College, public safety leaders from across Gorge communities and Oregon Office of Emergency Management this Thursday night 5:30- 8:30pm for a hands-on informational event in Hood River, THE BIG ONE, what Gorge residents need to know about Cascadia Subduction earthquakes.
This Earth Day event offers compelling speakers and more than a dozen hands-on "skill stations" where you can learn how to prepare for disasters and emergencies.
Enjoy the mini safety fair while you enjoy free hors d'oeuvres catered by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program and the no-host bar wine from 5:30-8:30pm at Hood River's Springhouse Cellar Winery.
At 6pm, State geological expert Althea Rizzo, Ph.D., offers an interesting and engaging presentation about Cascadia Subduction earthquake impacts on the Pacific Northwest and the Gorge.
Hood River County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management will offer a quick orientation on how our region is preparing and what you can do to prepare your home, family and business - then we'll send everyone to skill stations to practice.
Cascadia earthquake is "Oregon's greatest natural threat," according to the Governor's Task Force on Resilience. The Oregon Resilience Plan (Feb 2013) reported "very large earthquakes will occur in Oregon's future, and our state's infrastructure will remain poorly prepared to meet the threat unless we take action now to start building the necessary resilience. This is the central finding of the Oregon Resilience Plan requested by Oregon's 76th Legislative Assembly." As a result, Oregon has begun preparing for a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia quake, comparable to the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.
Hands-on skill stations include:
What's in your "Go kit" - how do you prepare for emergencies? Sample survival kits on display and talk to the experts
* OSU - with Lauren Kramer, Asst. Professor of Extension Family and Community Health and Lynette Black, Oregon's rep to Extension Disaster Education Network
* Red Cross
* Hood River County Emergency Management
What to do when is the power is out. How do you shut off utilities and water? How do you switch safely from electric to generator power?
* Pacific Power will stage their Hazard Hamlet - a 5-foot long display that is interactive and shows how community hazards come into play in emergencies - Pacific Power showcases this prop at Hood River Harvest Fest some years and it's very popular. Presenting is Ricky Walker, Transmission Distribution Manager, Pacific Power.
* Find out about safe shut off of your natural gas from NW Natural -- Tonya Brumley
* Hood River County Public Works Dept. -- where are your shut off values? Check out a solar power generator or other alternative power display - Nate Lain
Hood River County Sheriff's Office -- public safety, water sports safety, search and rescue
* With Hood River County Sheriff Matt English and Deputy Quintin Nelson, marine safety officer
Hood River County -- David Meriwether, Barb Ayers, Belinda Ballah, Sandi Lain, Heidi Ochsner
* Family safety -- checklists, Go-kits, family communication plans. How does your family reconnect if separated? Talk through some scenarios and take home a family communications plan template
* What's in the County's Emergency Operations Plan? What is an EOC (Emergency Operations Center,) when is it activated and how does it support our region in disasters? Find out how responders work together with regional, state and federal teams.
* Learn about some of our major planning assumptions / concerns (cut off in disasters, landslides, reduced access to fuel and groceries, medical and emergency supplies, volunteer and donation management needs, damage assessment and recovery.)
* Learn about statewide (OR/WA/ID/CA) Cascadia Rising earthquake drills June 6-10 in Hood River and other communities
* Seismic retrofitting grants are coming up soon for Oregon public buildings (schools, fire agencies, county and city buildings) -- some of our buildings need work.
* Is your home or business quake-ready? Unreinforced masonry (old brick) buildings and those built before earthquake codes are a concern.
Hands-only CPR and fire extinguisher practice with Hood River Fire Department
* CPR skill station - Kip Miller and the HRFD Fire/EMS team bring manikins - learn how to and practice hands-only CPR
* Fire extinguisher practice - we all have them, when have you ever used one?
Hood River County Health Dept. -- vaccines and drinking water safety - tetanus shots offered
* Inoculation station - get your tetanus shot and we'll bill your insurance right there at the event - most vaccines have no co-pay. You can request that specific vaccines by contacting Alison, 541-387-7119 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* How do you quickly/easily purify water if it's contaminated? With Ian Stromquist.
* Quick and easy hand wash station to set up - prevents health problems from escalating
911 -- with Commander Erica Stolhand
* What we do and when to call 911
* Sign up in person for the countywide Citizen Alert System for emergency notification (aka evacuations or other emergencies) before wildfire season. All local safety agencies use this phone/email notification system to reach you with important information. We can't reach you on your cell or email if you don't opt in. We can only access your land line, if you have one.
Health care tips:
* Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital's ER Manager Jane Burke and MCMC Nurse Manager Liesl Peterson -- when to go to the ER
* What's in your first aid kit - Dr. Michele Beaman
OSU Extension - Food safety and Preservation
* What to do if your freezer or fridge stops working
* Storing Food for safety and quality
* Water storage for emergencies
Waucoma Bookstore will showcase books on earthquakes and preparedness
Catering by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program. Menu:
* Crostini with a trio of spreads; white bean and herb, beet hummus, deviled egg and bacon spread.
* Vegetable Crudités with lemon and dill yogurt dip
* Cacahuates, chili and garlic roasted Spanish peanuts
* Brownie bites
Hood River County Sheriff's Office offers a broad array of emergency response services to communities across the county, including Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Marine Patrol, 911 dispatch, patrol division, Animal Control, Forest Patrol, civil division and management support for the NORCOR regional jail.
False Report Leads to Closure of Indian Creek Sexual Assault Investigation
HOOD RIVER, Ore. - On 03/30/2016 at about 10:00 a.m. a female juvenile student at Hood River Valley High School reported that she was the victim of a sexual assault that occurred on the Indian Creek Trail, near the school. The alleged victim in the case has admitted to investigators that the incident did not occur and the allegations were false. As a result, deputies are no longer searching for any suspects.
Although this is an unfortunate situation, the fact remains that sexual assault is a very real problem that occurs at alarming rates in our nation. According to data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. National statistics from multiple sources confirms that sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with between 63% and 68% still being left unreported. Research from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network indicates that 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
Despite the fact that false reports do happen, they are rare. Data collected from around the United States suggests that the prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%. Misconceptions about false reporting rates have direct, negative consequences and can contribute to why many victims don't report sexual assaults.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents that you can help protect your children from sexual abuse by being active in their lives and teaching them safety skills. Learn about their activities and people with whom they are involved. Stay alert for possible problems. For more information, visit: www.hoodriversheriff.com/events/april-blue-ribbon-campaign