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Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon

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CC Aux Comm Meeting

Saturday, October 8, 09:30 AM
Camp Rilea EOC, Warrenton,

September is National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait. Communicate!

Ham Radio Classes Now Offered!

Beginning October 21
Clatsop Community College

Click Here for Details

New signs could help emergency responders prioritize after an earthquake or winter storm.

By Kyle Spurr | The Daily Astorian  | September 15, 2016

With the flip of a sign, Clatsop County residents can now tell emergency responders if they need help or if they are OK.

County agencies and businesses are partnering in September — National Preparedness Month — to start a new ‘OK/HELP’ sign program.

The signs — with “OK” written on one side, and “HELP” written on the other — are being offered for free to residents to use after an emergency.

From Brian J. Boquist, Oregon State SenatorSenator Brian Boquist


Annual sessions has meant quarterly Legislative Days. The law says after tomorrow, State Legislators cannot update or contact citizens via email directly from their offices until after the General Election.  It is called a blackout period.

Given my September legislative days are dedicated to hearings on the State’s level of emergency preparedness, I am reaching out to all the citizens in our outreach data base to update you now given the variety or recent disasters, and our nation’s lack of preparation.

Why you might ask? Simple.  The State and Federal Government are not prepared for a major catastrophic emergency in the Northwest.  We will likely never be prepared thus YOU and your Community must prepare yourselves.  Whether it is a Cascadia earthquake, tsunami, volcano, pandemic, terrorist attack, or grid overload does not matter.  In almost every single potential event, the power grid is down for weeks if not months.  Besides power outage it means communications is out, your cell phone goes dead the first day, potable water stops flowing, sewage is no longer pumped, there is no power to pump fuel into any vehicles, there are no grocery stores, bridge failures in many events will ‘island’ several million Oregonians for multiple weeks if not months.  Prepare for at least a month.


Ready Campaign

Don't Wait. Communicate.

Events like the recent flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Hermine approaching Florida, and Hurricane Lester in the Gulf remind us that weather can change at a moment’s notice.

Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency.  It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.  

This September and throughout the year here are few actions you can take to get started:

Cascadia Rising poster signed by participants.

This 4-day exercise tested the emergency management community’s approach to a disaster in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, using an earthquake and tsunami scenario.

John Core, KX7YT, Oregon Section Manager, and Monte Simpson, AF7PQ, Western Washington Section Manager

Recent FEMA publications tell us that science points to a large 8.0 – 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earth-quake ripping across the 800-mile CSZ fault line on an average of once every 200 to 500 years. The fault zone follows the coastline of the Pacific Northwest states somewhere between 60 and 100 miles offshore. The last major CSZ earthquake and tsunami occurred in 1700.

When the next CSZ event happens, there will be significant loss of life and infra-structure damage. Normal means of communications, vital to response operations, will be cut throughout the Northwest. It’s then that Amateur Radio has to work and must respond. A CSZ event will be a disaster of national scale that will require many years of recovery. The major earth quakes in Japan, Indonesia, and Chile serve as a stark reminder of what is likely to happen.

There is a 17 to 20 percent chance that northern Oregon will be hit by a magnitude-8 quake in the next 50 years.

Aug 11, 2016 | The Atlantic

For about the last 30 million years, a small tectonic plate named Juan de Fuca has been sliding under the far vaster North American plate into the Earth’s mantle. Today, this mostly happens without anyone’s notice—even though it causes minor, near-undetectable earthquakes about every 300 days—but sometimes the pressure pent up is released suddenly and catastrophically.

This is what happened on January 26, 1700. The plate slipped, and a magnitude-9.0 earthquake resulted, devastating the coast of modern-day Oregon and Washington. According to one story, an entire First Nation on Vancouver Island, the Pachena Bay people, died in flooding overnight. And the quake triggered a tsunami that rode across the Pacific Ocean for 10 hours before slamming the east coast of Japan, where merchants and samurai recorded flooding and damage.

As hundreds of thousands of Americans now know, this could happen again—except now, millions more people inhabit the Pacific Northwest. The existence of the Cascadia subduction zone, and its power to jolt the region with a “really big one,” was revealed to mass audiences last year by the writer Kathryn Schulz in a barn-blazing story for The New Yorker.

However, it now seems these coastline-altering events happen more frequently than previously thought. A team of researchers led by Chris Goldfinger, a geologist at Oregon State University, has found evidence that at least 43 major earthquakes have occurred in the last 10,000 years. That number is slightly larger than previously estimated, which means that—over the long time period—it significantly alters the likelihood of any one event occurring.