Day: March 11, 2021

Governor Kate Brown proclaims March 11 as ShakeAlert Day

Governor Kate Brown today proclaimed March 11 as ShakeAlert Day, in recognition of the activation of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System in Oregon, and the day that coincides with the 10th anniversary of the magnitude 9.1 Great Tohoku, Japan earthquake. Alerting is now available directly to individual wireless devices in Oregon. The Governor’s proclamation encourages all Oregonians to join in the observance.

“One of my top priorities is to improve the state’s resilience from hazards like earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters,” said Governor Brown. “Thanks to support from the Oregon Legislature and our congressional delegation, Oregonians are safer today. When a Cascadia event happens, the critical seconds of notice ShakeAlert warnings provide will save lives and reduce damage to important lifeline systems.”

Operated in Oregon by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, ShakeAlert uses science and technology to detect significant earthquakes quickly so that alerts can reach people before shaking arrives. Alerts are delivered to the public via Wireless Emergency Alerts (text messages) and mobile apps.

“As we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the devastating Tohoku earthquake, we are committed to improving earthquake safety in the Pacific Northwest through our strong university and state partnerships,” said David Applegate, USGS Associate Director exercising the delegated authority of the USGS Director. “With ShakeAlert, we are excited to provide the foundation that makes earthquake early warning possible for the West Coast.”

“The last 12 months have demonstrated the importance of being prepared,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “It is up to each of us to take steps to reduce risk for ourselves and our communities. ShakeAlert provides a valuable tool to help give Oregonians the best chance to be disaster survivors – not disaster victims.”

The Governor’s 2025 resilience plan set goals for making the state more resilient, including implementing a statewide emergency warning system by 2023 that ties multi-hazard events—earthquakes, wildland fires, landslides, and floods—into one alerting and monitoring system. At the Governor’s request, the Oregon Legislature allocated funds to complete the build out of sensors and real-time data communications sufficient to allow alerting based on federal investments in ShakeAlert.

“A catastrophic earthquake in the Pacific Northwest is not hypothetical. It is not a question of if an earthquake will happen, but when,” said U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio. “In an earthquake, every second counts. Thanks to the incredible work of the University of Oregon and other West Coast universities, we now have an early warning system that will give people extra seconds to save lives, avoid or reduce injury and mitigate infrastructure damage during a major earthquake.”

“The science is clear about the serious threat of an earthquake, and Oregonians must continue to prepare,” said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. “When the devastating earthquake hits, our state needs a response that equips all Oregonians with valuable seconds to protect themselves. I’m proud to have worked with colleagues to secure the funding for ShakeAlert, an essential early warning system that taps into the latest technology to protect Oregon families, homes, and businesses.”

“If there’s anything we’ve learned from this pandemic and last year’s catastrophic wildfires, it’s the importance of trusting science and preparing for emergencies before they strike,” said U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. “That’s why I’ve been using my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure robust funding for the ShakeAlert early warning system, which could help save lives in the event of a major earthquake. Whether it’s wildfires or ‘the big one,’ I will continue to fight for the resources Oregonians need to stay safe.”

Oregonians can receive ShakeAlert notifications by enabling emergency alerts on their cell phones and by signing up through mobile apps as they become available. Oregonians should look for apps that indicate “Powered by ShakeAlert.” More information about receiving ShakeAlert notifications is available here .

“Today represents a milestone in achieving our resilience goals,” Governor Brown added. “Recent wildfires and winter storm events underscore the need to continue building statewide resilience through monitoring and alerting systems that keep our public safe. And Oregonians also need to take steps to prepare. Have a plan for your family about how you will connect and take care of each other when disasters happen.”

Individual Preparedness In Case of Disaster from Oregon Emergency Management (OEM)

It’s critical for families, individuals, communities and businesses to make an emergency plan, and communicate the plan before, during and after emergencies.

Be informed about disaster risks. In Oregon winter storms, floods, heat waves, and earthquakes threaten residents. Monitor all types of media – newspapers, websites, radio, TV, mobile and land phones, and amateur radio are all good sources of information about disasters. Check out for the latest preparedness information.  

Build an Emergency Kit. A disaster can happen anywhere you live and work. Once it happens it may take days or even weeks for responders to reach you, and you may have to go without food, water, or electricity. Build an emergency kit with two weeks supply of food, water and other necessary supplies. The American Red Cross has a recommended list of emergency kit items.  

Make an Emergency Plan. Talk with your family and friends about what you will do and if you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations. Read how to develop a family disaster plan and make your own.  

Be 2 Weeks Ready! You’re more prepared than you think. Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an important and achievable goal. Being prepared is not just having two weeks of food and water, but thinking about the many things you already do to make you better able to bounce back after a disaster.   You can get there over time; you don’t have to get there today. Start small and work toward the two-week goal. Pick up a couple items every payday and check out garage sales and thrift stores for tools and gear.  

  • Check the garage, shed, storage unit and junk drawer for emergency kit items before adding to your shopping list. You probably have many of the things already, such as flash lights and leather gloves.
  • Get creative – everyone’s kit will look a little different.
  • Think about it. Talk about it.

OEM has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters, which are available through local county emergency management offices. One of those publication is the OEM Emergency “Go-Kit Passport,” a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers and critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources. Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown when the “Go Kit Passport” has been completed.

Send an email to for more information.   See all of the publications on our Preparedness Publications page.

Visit OEM Individual-Preparedness webpage for more information.

City and County Links:

For more information on emergency preparedness visit the Lincoln City Emergency Preparedness and
Lincoln County Emergence Management webpages.

COVID-19 Emergency Allotments to SNAP Households

COVID-19 Emergency Allotments to SNAP Households – March ​Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oregon Department of Human Services will automatically issue an Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to households not already receiving the maximum benefit. ODHS has prepared a set of FAQs​ for SNAP​ households.Emergency Supplemental SNAP Benefit Issuance.

Dates:March 11: Current SNAP households

March 31​: SNAP households who did not receive the March 10 allotment

Fore more information about SNAP visit here.

From Oregon Office of Emergency Management – How to Receive #ORShakeAlert Notifications

Starting March 11, mobile devices in Oregon will be able to receive ShakeAlert messages through Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).

There is no signup required to receive ShakeAlert notifications. It works automatically like an Amber Alert.

Check to ensure Emergency Alerts are enabled in your mobile device settings. Learn more here

Cómo se reciben las notificaciones de ShakeAlert?

A partir del 11 de marzo, los dispositivos móviles en Oregon podrán recibir mensajes ShakeAlert a través de Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).

No es necesario registrarse para recibir notificaciones de ShakeAlert. Funciona automáticamente.

Verifique que las alertas de emergencia estén habilitadas en la configuración de su dispositivo móvil. Más información: