SALEM, Ore. – With another heat wave on the way, Governor Kate Brown Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Oregon.
The move makes sure additional resources are available to help Oregonians stay safe.
“Oregon is facing yet another extreme heat wave, and it is critical that every level of government has the resources they need to help keep Oregonians safe and healthy,” said Governor Brown. “I encourage Oregonians to take proactive steps to keep themselves and their families safe, including drinking plenty of fluids, taking advantage of cooling centers, and checking in on neighbors, friends, and loved ones.”
The Governor has also directed the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to activate the state’s Emergency Coordination Center to coordinate essential protective measures.
She has also directed state agencies to provide any assistance requested by OEM to support response efforts.
Meanwhile, Multnomah County and the City of Portland have each also declared a state of emergency for the heat.
“This tool gives us the flexibility to respond to the heat wave and to alert everyone that heat is dangerous especially for isolated older adults, people who work outdoors, children and pets,’’ said Chair Deborah Kafoury. “There can be no doubt after June that extreme heat can kill and we are treating these events like the health hazard they are.’’
“This emergency declaration highlights the reality that climate change is hitting closer to home and causing significant harm to Portlanders,” stated Mayor Wheeler. “The time to take the climate crisis seriously was years ago. These extreme heat events demand everyone’s attention – and action immediately.”