HAVE A PLAN. BE PREPARED. Resources on Clackamas County Fire & Weather Alerts.

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The City’s Public Works and Parks Maintenance Crews have been working nearly around the clock in City parks and residential neighborhoods since Monday evening to mitigate the effects of severe windstorms.

  • On Monday evening/Tuesday morning, City crews canvassed streets and parks to locate and remove any fallen trees from the right-of-way.
  • On Tuesday, crews completed safety inspections of every public structure and walked the City’s parks and trails to clear debris and maintain safe walkways. Minor damage to some fencing was completed on Tuesday. Safety inspections of public structures are to continue periodically until conditions improve.
  • Also, the City is conducting additional street sweeping to help eliminate additional debris on public roads; this activity is to continue periodically, as necessary, until conditions improve.

Clackamas County OFFICIALS Monitoring Evacuation Status

Clackamas County has a countywide evacuation map to help keep residents aware of current conditions in their area.  The map identifies three levels of readiness.

Level 1: BE READY for potential evacuation. You should be aware of the danger that exists in the area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

Level 2: BE SET to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Level 3: GO! Evacuate now! Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

In the event of evacuation, monitor the Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck website for the most up-to-date information on road closures in the area. Wildfires can effect road status’s very quickly and ODOT and regional 911 centers update the map as often as possible.  During an evacuation, those without transportation will be transported from SMART bus stops to Transit Center/WES station.

  • Get detailed information from Ready.gov on preparations to evacuate during wildfires.
  • Clackamas County evacuation sites are listed here.  Those who can shelter with friends/family in a safe place are encouraged to do so, so that limited shelter space is available to those in dire need.

Fire Response / Emergency Management Information

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is among many regional fire service agencies currently engaged in the regional response to area wildfires. For up-to-date information, follow the agency’s Twitter feed.

Emergency Management Tips:

Air Quality Monitoring & Health Precautions

A decline in local air quality can pose a significant risk to people with asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases.  If possible, avoid prolonged exposure  when air quality falls below ‘good,’ and seek information from your health provider if you are at risk of complications. You can learn more about the impact air quality can have on health at the AirNow.gov website.

  • Click here for a current reading of local air quality.
  • Sign up to receive notifications about a decline in air quality.

REMOVING WOODY DEBRIS

In the event of a fallen tree on the public right-of-way, please contact Public Works.

  • 503-682-4092
  • 1-866-252-3614 (after hours/emergency)

To assist property owners – who are responsible for removing woody debris from fallen trees and branches in their yard – the City is working to locate and place debris bins that wold allow residents to dump ONLY woody debris (leaves, branches, limbs) to be hauled away by the City at no cost to residents. More info on this to be shared if/when the bins are placed.

POSSIBLE WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICE DISRUPTIONS

Republic Services could incur short-term staff shortages this week as a result of area wildfires in regions where many of the company’s drivers reside.  The City will post notice of any temporary change in service should it become necessary.

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