emergency services

JeffX | March 25, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 25, 2015

In Case Of Disaster, Enhanced Mitigation Plans

Damage from a California earthquake in 1992.
Credit NOAA/Public Domain

Out of the 50 states, only 12 have Enhanced State Mitigation Plans making them potentially eligible for additional federal funding in a disaster. 

Oregon and California are two of the dozen. 

So what kinds of natural hazards and disasters are covered in the plan? 

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JeffX | February 10, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Waiting For Disaster With CERT

Fire or flood, CERT stands ready for multiple situations.
Credit courtesy of Cal Fire

Recent heavy rains and winds reminded many of us of the need to be prepared for disasters of all kinds. 

It if for just such situations that many communities host Community Emergency Response Teams, or CERTs. 

Ashland started a CERT after a devastating flood in early 1997. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Talking Computers To Help Dispatchers

A dispatcher at work for Oregon State Police.
Credit Oregon.gov

Think about the stress levels incurred by emergency dispatchers: they need to dispatch emergency workers WHILE they are still taking details of the incident over the phone. 

Seconds count in emergency services, and that overlap costs time. 

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatches first responders in Jackson County, and ECSO has a new tool. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The State Of The Art In Saving Lives

Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

The people we once called "ambulance attendants" became "firefighters," and "EMTs," and "first responders."

The mission--saving lives--remains the same. 

But the titles and the equipment evolve over the years, and the people involved in emergency medical work train and compare notes frequently. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:37 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Who And How: Emergency Preparedness Summit

Credit Mark Lincoln

There's a fine line between encouraging preparedness and creating panic. 

Our region sits atop a major earthquake fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

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