Text to 911 Not in Oregon, Yet

MEDFORD, Ore. — When you’re in an emergency “talking” on the phone to 911 isn’t always the most convenient. This is why the state of Oregon is considering allowing people to text 911 instead of calling. Right now if you text 911, you will get an immediate response stating you must make a voice call … Continue reading »

Red Cross Holds Emergency Prep Classes

EUGENE, Ore. — Do you feel prepared in case disaster strikes close to home? If the answer is no, you may be interested in a free class that the American Red Cross is offering. The nonprofit is holding the classes in Portland and Eugene to teach participants how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to … Continue reading »

Changes To Emergency Care In Veneta

Veneta, Ore.– The days of “you call, we haul” are nearing an end for EMS at Lane County Fire Authority in Veneta. As the world of health care changes, new models of care are emerging. One of them is called community paramedicine, also known as mobile integrated healthcare. It expands the roles of paramedics and … Continue reading »

Pilot Forced to Land Plane on its Belly

FLORENCE, Ore. — A Florence pilot did some quick thinking Friday when he was forced to land his plane without landing gear. An airport volunteer says the pilot knew his gear wasn’t coming down so he made a flyby, which confirmed to airport officials that his gear was indeed not coming down. The airport says … Continue reading »

Group Practices Emergency Communication

VENETA, Ore. — Lane County’s Emergency Management Team spent the afternoon Saturday practicing how the group would communicate if a disaster were to hit. The group simulated what could happen in an emergency if cell phones, power, and Internet signals were knocked out across the area. Officials set up a mobile command center at the … Continue reading »

Are You Ready For The Big One?

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregonians will join millions of people worldwide in the Great Oregon Shakeout at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday. The earthquake preparedness drill is especially important in Oregon because geologists warn we are in for a major quake at the Cascadia Subduction Zone, within the next 50 years. More than 260,000 participants statewide practiced … Continue reading »

Lane County Offers Emergency Text Alerts

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is looking to get the word out about its emergency alert system. The system is called “alert me.” Emergency management leaders with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office says it’s a vital tool for alerting people in the 21st century. All you have to do is go … Continue reading »