Thursday, April 24, 2014

State Representative Deborah Boone (D) Cannon Beach, will hold a coastal emergency preparedness legislative town hall meeting October 25th at the Pine Grove Community Hall in Manzanita beginning at 7pm. Boone serves on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, and is bringing together emergency management experts and officials to talk about coastal emergency response strategies.

 

Some of those expected to participate include: Camp Rilea Post Commander Lt. Colonel Dean Perez,
Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, Clatsop County Commissioner Peter Huhtula, Hal
Denison the Clatsop County Emergency Volunteer Auxiliary Coordinator, Gordon McCraw Tillamook
County Emergency Management Director, and Linda Kozlowski Director of the Nehalem Bay Emergency
Volunteer Corps.

"We have held a number of Tsunami evacuation drills, and now it's time to bring people together to
discuss lessons learned, and how we go forward to best protect our citizens." Boone said. "This town
hall is for community members who want to learn more about emergency preparedness, and how we
can work together most effectively in times of crisis."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is working on the development of the Oregon Resilience
Plan, which came about due to House Resolution 3, a bill sponsored by Boone during the 2011
Legislative Session. The landmark legislation, aimed at preparing the state's response during and after
a Cascadia (megathrust) earthquake and tsunami, received unanimous support in the Oregon House
of Representatives, and was endorsed by Governor Kitzhaber and President Obama.

The Oregon Resilience Plan is scheduled to be delivered to the 2013 Legislative Assembly in February. The October
25th Town Hall will be a chance for local citizens to hear about the plan, and learn more about what they
can do to implement potentially life-saving measures before, during and after a natural disaster.
"This is a critical issue for the well-being of our people and communities, and I hope to see lots of people
Thursday night in Manzanita." Boone said

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