State officials offer resources to help reduce safety risks in emergencies – Mail Tribune

State officials offer resources to help reduce safety risks in emergencies – Mail Tribune

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is sharing safety tips and resources to help Oregonians reduce risk.

“We want to help ensure folks have the resources and information needed to do what they can to keep themselves, their families and communities safe,” said OEM Deputy Director Matt Marheine. “We can all do our part to make sure the memories made throughout the holidays are memorable for the right reasons.”

For example, OEM is asking that people save 911 for life-threatening emergencies only and has provided contact information for assistance with weather-related problems:

For non-emergency assistance, dial *677 from a mobile phone or call 800-442-0776 in the state’s northern counties and 800-442-2068 in southern counties. If you are unsure what Oregon State Police dispatch to dial, call either one and they will assist.

Dial or text 211 or visit for health and social service assistance and general information.

Dial 511 or visit for travel updates.

Text-to-911 helps those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have limited speech capabilities, as well as anyone unable to talk due to an emergency, and should only be used for emergencies.

Other resources:

Be 2 Weeks Ready

Individuals should proactively prepare to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks during an emergency or disaster. Being 2 Weeks Ready means having a plan and enough supplies for you and your household to survive on your own for a full two weeks should an emergency — like a severe ice storm — occur. Visit to learn more.

Stay informed – the more information you have, the better you can prepare

Monitor the weather forecast for watches, warnings or advisories at

Sign up for local emergency alerts at

Limit exposure and know where to find warming centers

Many counties across the state are setting up warming shelters – locations vary depending on the jurisdiction.

Dial 211 or visit to find warming centers listed by county and updated as information is shared.

When necessary to be outdoors, limit exposure time and wear warm layers. Know the signs to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

Travel safely – know before you go

Check weather and road conditions in advance at or call 511.

Share your travel route before you travel and be sure to pack water, food, warm clothes and an emergency kit.

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