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Residents can help prepare for disaster

Emergency management and helping neighbors is everyone's responsibility


There is a high risk of a significant disaster in the metro area, specifically flooding, Boring residents learned recently at a meeting of the Boring Community Planning Organization (CPO).

Nancy Bush, director of Clackamas County Emergency Management, told CPO members her staff members are in the midst of creating a strategic plan, and they want to tap into residents’ views.

Meeting with community groups is one of the ways Bush is gaining insight into residents’ ideas.

Her department’s mission, Bush said, is to minimize the impact of disasters in the county.

In comparison to cities, which have their own ways of emergency management, Bush said it is her responsibility to ensure that the large unincorporated areas such as Boring are covered and residents instructed.

To accomplish that goal, Bush said, her six-person staff would offer training each quarter and anything else necessary to ensure that emergency operations centers work well.

She acknowledged a good working relationship with Boring Fire Marshal Pat Bigelow.

Bush emphasized that each community needs to form a plan that would work to bring the community together to assist everyone.

In a disaster, Bush said, no families should be left alone to fend for themselves. She advised that a neighborhood plan should be formed and then tested.

Each family, she said, should have several survival kits, strategically placed, because not all areas are likely to be accessible in a major disaster.

Bush assured those in attendance there is a plan to ensure that all government operations continue, but she told people — especially those in unincorporated areas — not to expect immediate response from government departments.

Finally, she advised how to react when any type of disaster strikes. Only three reactions are necessary, she said. First, be cool, which means not to panic; second, take time to quietly analyze the situation; and third, take action.

For more information, visit the county website at clackamas.us/emergency or call 503-655-8378 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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