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Emergency managers better prepared for Oregon heat wave – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-07-28 23:59:14 –

Three-digit heat coming on friday

Portland, Oregon – June 27: Children play at the Salmon Springs Fountain in Portland, Oregon on June 27, 2021. During the historic heat wave of the weekend, record highs were prolonged in the northwest. (Photo by Nathan Howard / Getty Images)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —There is another three-digit heat wave in the forecast, and the Oregon Emergency Management Agency said it is making changes to prevent more deaths.

From Thursday 11:00 am to Saturday 11:00 pm, the National Weather Service issued recommendations on heat in areas where temperatures approach or exceed 100 degrees Celsius.

More than 80 people have been confirmed dead in the heat when temperatures hit record highs in late June, and another 30 are under investigation, according to the Oregon Department of Health.

“The extreme heat seen in late June and early July killed more than 80 people in Oregon and caused more than 800 heat-related illnesses in the state’s emergency department,” said the OHA public. Rachel Banks, director of health, said.

The OEM completed a review of the action during the last heat wave and began the review in earnest to come up with new recommendations and better ways to respond ahead of the latest forecasts.

Post-Review of Oregon’s Excessive Heat Event

One of the big parts of the plan for the hot season is to keep the 211 up and running 24 hours a day. During the last heat wave, the call center was closed on Saturday, causing confusion in finding a cooling center and other remedies depending on the service. Officials said 211 was unaware that the weekend was unstaffed.

Portland, Oregon – June 27: Children play at the Salmon Springs Fountain in Portland, Oregon on June 27, 2021. During the historic heat wave of the weekend, record highs were prolonged in the northwest. (Photo by Nathan Howard / Getty Images)

“We need to make sure that the 211 service is available 24 hours a day,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps.

According to Phelps, the state guarantees that 211 will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We tried to call the 211 coordinators, but they came back to us on Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, we had staff and brought them to the center,” he said. Falibolts Pakselest, Director of Human Services, Oregon, said. “As we all understand, it takes time to call people and get back to work, especially if they aren’t open on weekends.”

State officials also said they plan to get more information about deaths and ER visits faster.

“There was a message towards the June event about the potential effects of extreme heat,” he said, adding that talking about the potential effects was not enough.

He said it is more important for people to immediately understand the effects of heat so that the community can take better action.

“By having access, sharing real-world impacts in near real time, and allowing that data to move decision makers, we change our stance and provide additional resources as needed. You can see your local, city, and county partners with that information, “he said.

Other recommendations include exempting public transport fares during the heat wave so that people can go to the cooling center or use buses and trains as mobile cooling centers. It will be. And neighbors need to check their friends and neighbors in the future.

Multnomah County officials, including Portland, plan to open five cooling centers and 15 libraries over a long period of time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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