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Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in 22 counties amid new heat wave forecast

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — At the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency in 23 counties to ensure additional resources are available to respond to forecast excessive high temperatures.

The emergency declaration was triggered by the need for state agencies to assist local and Tribal jurisdictions in providing for the health and safety of their residents. (Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties are not among the 22 counties included in the declaration.)

"As Oregon faces another high heat event, it's important that we make available all needed resources to assist every level of government helping Oregonians stay safe and healthy," Brown said. "We know that these excessively high temperatures are placing a significant burden on local and Tribal jurisdictions, and that they can also impact critical infrastructure, including utilities and transportation."

The governor has directed the Office of Emergency Management to activate the state's Emergency Coordination Center, and state agencies to provide any assistance requested by OEM. As part of the declaration, the Oregon Health Authority will activate the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR)—the state's roster of licensed physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other health professionals—as necessary to respond to the heat event.

In addition, Oregonians are encouraged to call 211 for information on cooling centers; 211 will be staffed 24/7 to respond to inquiries and requests for assistance.

A full copy of the emergency declaration, Executive Order 21-26, is available here.

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    1. This was the signal phrase for my comment. “The emergency declaration was triggered by the need for state agencies to assist local and Tribal jurisdictions in providing for the health and safety of their residents.” Yes the word local is included. Tribal goes over the edge. Tribes are and they remind us often that they are autonomous nations. Health and safety is largely funded by the Federal gov as they have treaty obligations. Some tribes generate enough funds where they can step up the level of health and safety provided to their members. The state has no business funding tribal activities. As such to have a tribal situation “trigger” state assistance is racially motivated as well as probably a bit of white remorse over how we have treated native people in the past.

    1. No one is dumb enough to buy the whole “This is normal summer weather.” stuff. There has been nothing normal about this weather for this region.

  1. Every speech she gives sounds slot like racism to me just saying. I mean never does she say anything about white men and white women.

      1. Privileged? What makes you think I’m privileged? Is it the fact that I’m white and my ancestors treated people of other race poorly? Or is it the fact that I’m white and Everytime I get on a business phone I have to push a number to speak English? Or is it the fact that I’m white and I get picked over by other nationality’s for employment? Is that what makes me so privileged? Thanks for clearing that up for me I was wondering what made me so privileged.

        1. “Or is it the fact that I’m white and Every time I get on a business phone I have to push a number to speak English?”

          You poor, poor oppressed white man. Wont someone think of the white people?!

  2. I believe every time Brown pushes the “Emergency button she gets federal money. I don’t see her paying us for our electric bills or anything like that. What the heck does she do with all the cash she generates every day with her “emergency” declarations? We all know it’s a scam and she should e ashamed of her greed and selfish ploys.

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