Disasters & Accidents

Recorded on: April 30th, 2016

Air Date: May 2nd, 2016
 

Speakers:

Krista Dillon: University of Oregon Director of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention

Steve McGuire: Lane County Building Program Manager

Carlos Barrera: Lane County Building Program Manager

Last year's Pulitzer Prize winning New Yorker Magazine article, "The Really Big One," has awakened us to the reality that a huge disaster is in our future. We know it is inevitable, but not whether it will happen tomorrow or years in the future. How bad will it be?

Desmond O'Boyle

Army veteran Laurlei Lowe had plans to return to Fiji with her native friends, the Ligavatu’s. The Creswell, Oregon, resident was accepted as part of their family and tribe. Then Cyclone Winston hit. The three are disheartened but determined to return to the island nation.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

At 11 o’clock Friday morning, Florence residents on the Oregon coast will hear sirens. The drill will test the state’s new Tsunami Blue Line Project on the 5th anniversary of the Tsunami and Earthquake that hit Japan.

City of Gresham

Areas in Oregon most affected by December’s severe storms will receive federal aid. Wednesday President Obama signed a disaster declaration releasing funds to a dozen counties hit hardest by winter weather.

The Newport Air Station on the Oregon coast has been saved for at least the next two years.
After some back and forth between the House and the Senate, Congress has passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which includes funding for the helicopter facility. It’s now headed to the president’s desk where it’s expected to be signed into law.

Lane County Sheriff's Office

A 70-year old Florence woman was killed when a landslide hit her house. Early Friday morning, the Lane County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene near Mercer Lake and Santa roads. Delores Miller was found dead amongst the debris.

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says the Newport Air Station is safe from closure, at least for the next two years.The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, passed Thursday in the House, secures funding for the rescue helicopter.

Courtney Flatt / Earthfix

2015 was the worst wildfire season in Washington state history: three young firefighters died and hundreds of homes burned in blazes that sent more than a million acres up in smoke. For residents of central Washington, a recent gathering offered the first chance to come together and ponder the future in a region likely to see more and bigger fires in years to come.

Two people were killed in an explosion at a shooting range east of Bend Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say the explosion happened inside a World War II-era tank. Paramedics with Bend Fire & Rescue attempted lifesaving efforts, but the two people died from their injuries. Their names have not yet been released.

The incident is being investigated jointly by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division and the Oregon State Police Arson and Explosives Section.

Umpqua Community College

About one-fourth of the UCC Strong fund has been distributed to those affected by the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

The fund for victims and others affected by the shooting has reached nearly $700,000. Donations are still coming in from around the world. $145,000 has gone to those closest to the tragedy and who need it most. Brian Prawitz with the UCC Strong Committee says they will determine who is eligible to receive money.

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