Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eclipse Tips in COCC's Catalog

Check your mailboxes for the newest edition of Central Oregon Community College's Community Learning catalog! COEIN would like to thank COCC's Rachel Knox and her team for allowing us to print tips for the upcoming eclipse in the catalog.

You can view the tips for yourself here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shevlin Park Closed Tomorrow

A 48-acre prescribed fire is scheduled for Shevlin Park on Thursday, May 25, and the park will be closed for the day.

Please click here for more information from the Bend Parks and Recreation District website.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bend Bulletin Article

Welcome to all of our new followers who read the article about COEIN in the Bend Bulletin.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

New Radio Spot for COEIN

If you listen to FM radio anywhere in the Bend area, keep your ears open for our new radio spot featuring COEIN partner Peter Murphy from ODOT!

Listen to the radio spot by clicking here

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What the Eclipse Means for You

There has been quite a bit of speculation regarding how many visitors Central Oregon should be expecting in the few days leading up to, including, and after the Eclipse on August 21, 2017.

We have been tracking event participants, festivals and hotel occupancy for several months, and we believe the population of the Central Oregon area will double in size. We currently have 220,000 residents in the tri-county area, and we are expecting approximately 200,000 more visitors, possibly more.

What does this mean for local residents? It means the time is fast approaching to start preparing for possible shortages in everyday commodities.

We recommend the following steps in the few weeks prior to August 21, 2017:
  • Go grocery shopping early and be prepared with at least a week's worth of food
  • Fill up the fuel tanks of all your vehicles
  • Refill your prescriptions ahead of time
  • Avoid scheduling doctor or dentist appointments during the peak days expected for visitors (August 16-23)
  • Stock up on pet food and supplies
  • Be prepared for extremely long commute times, especially if you live and work in two different cities, as Highways 97, 20, 26, and other major arterial roadways will be operating above capacity
  • Conserve water by not using "extra" water, or watering your lawn during this time
  • Conserve electricity by unplugging electronics when not in use
  • Get cash to have on hand in case ATMs experience down times
  • Overall, exercise patience as traffic will be heavy and wait lines will be long for many basic necessities
Check out the drop down menu above. Under "Solar Eclipse Info" you'll find lots of other helpful tips regarding public health, safety, and general preparedness. Have questions? Leave them in the comments, or tweet us @COEmergencyInfo. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

COEIN is in the News

Bend Fire Department Public Information Officer (PIO) Dave Howe recently sat down with KOHD for an interview regarding COEIN. Watch Howe's interview here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Eclipse Events and Lodging Info

The days around August 21, 2017 will bring a large influx of eclipse viewers and visitors to our area.  This is an exciting event and many people are planning to allow camping on their property, which does come with some risk.  The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network wants to remind area residents considering allowing camping on their property of the following:

  • Consult your homeowner’s insurance company
  • Consider waste disposal issues
  • Consider security and medical needs of campers
  • Be aware of issues stemming from increased traffic around your property and large amounts of people sharing small spaces
Visitors to the area should not expect to find camping availability at Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and other established campgrounds. If community members are considering hosting events on national forest lands they should contact the appropriate Forest Service office for a special use permit. Information about special use permits for the Deschutes National Forest can be found here or for the Ochoco National Forest here

Additionally, dispersed camping comes with inherent risks especially regarding increased risk of fire, access to services, and back-country safety. Lands managed by the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management or protected by Oregon Department of Forestry may have additional restrictions/conditions.

Crook County and the City of Madras would like to remind visitors that many events taking place in and around these areas still have availability. These events have been working with local government agencies for months to address traffic, security, and emergency response capability.

Please click here for further information regarding Madras area events.

Please click below for any one of these Crook County area events:

Oregon Eclipse Camping  -  Paulina Oregon

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Welcome to COEIN

Welcome to the blog for the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network.

Local, state and federal agency partners in Central Oregon are working together to provide the public easy and quick access to joint emergency updates and preparedness/hazard information. These local efforts started during the Two Bulls Fire in 2014 and are now being expanded as agencies launch the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network. The network will serve as Central Oregon’s official source for multi-agency emergency updates, preparedness and hazard information.

During an event of an emergency, Central Oregon Emergency Information Network updates will be posted online here and on Twitter @COEmergencyInfo.

This network of partners is working together to ensure Central Oregon’s residents and visitors have timely and accurate information.  We hope this new tool helps to provide easy access to multi-agency emergency/preparedness updates.

The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network will be coordinating messaging related to public safety and governmental response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

The network’s partner agencies include: the Bend Fire Department, the Bend Police Department, Bend-La Pine Schools, Bend Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Land Management, the City of Bend, the City of Redmond, Central Oregon Community College, Crook County, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Crook County 911, Crook County Fire & Rescue, Deschutes County, Deschutes County 9-1-1, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland, Jefferson County, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, Prineville Police Department, Project Wildfire, the Redmond Airport, Redmond Fire and Rescue, the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Schools, and St. Charles Health System. 

Welcome to COEIN

Welcome to the blog for the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network. Local, state and federal agency partners in Central Oregon are ...