Offshore Earthquakes Prompt Preparedness
A bevy of recent earthquakes along the Oregon coast have once again brought up the possibility of a disastrous quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. August 25th is the date for the Be Ready Expo which deals with storm and disaster readiness. As one of the first responders in an emergency, Commander John Pitcher with the Florence Police department says the length and severity of an event will determine what steps and in what order to take.
“I think it matters how long the incident goes on, I think our initial priority will be protection of life and then as time goes on we are going to worry about looters, then as time goes on then we’ll have to worry about people worrying about basic survival.”
Mike Miller with Public Works says everyone should at least have a three day readiness kit but should also be prepared for a much longer time period without basic services.
“When you look at Florence and you look at the transportation system Highway 101…a number of bridges and with Cascadia if it is truly that 9.0 earthquake that occurs just off shore bridges most likely will not be in operation.
Miller also says the tunnel on 126 could also be affected. They recommend building a preparedness kit with food water, first aid supplies and blankets. This is not just good for a large seismic event but also for other emergencies that could occur like severe storms or fire.
Rotary Golf Tournament This Saturday
This Saturday is the Cool at the Coast Rotary Golf Tournament. There are still opportunities for golfers that want to participate in this 9th annual event. monies raised for this event will go in part to support the Siuslaw Watershed Council’s Outdoor Summer Camp for kids grad 4th through 12th, Siuslaw Middle School’s Outdoor School Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County as well as scholarships for local students at Siuslaw High School. The event begins at 10am this Saturday at 10 am at Ocean Dunes Golf Course. To register you can go to www.theflorencerotary.org.
FURA Updates Revision
The Florence Urban Renewal Agency will be meeting tomorrow at noon. On the agenda will be an update on the revision Florence project and they will discuss the next steps with project design, engineering and construction. They will also consider a request from Boathouse Brewing for a predevelopment services grant in an amount not to exceed $20,000. The company is in development stages for a brewhouse and restaurant in the former estate sales building located on the Port of Siuslaw Property
LCC Seeks Board Member
Lane Community College has announced it is seeking to fill a recently vacated board position. Tony McCown resigned from the Lane County Board of Education on July 22nd The open seat’s term will expire in May of 2019. Applicants must be registered voters and reside within the district. Applications can be mailed to 4000 e. 30th street Eugene.