SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency for almost two dozen Oregon counties as the state prepares for another onset of triple-digit temperatures. Brown's office said that the declaration was made at the request of the Oregon Health Authority.
The state of emergency allows Oregon agencies to assist local and Tribal jurisdictions take measures to provide for the health and safety of their residents. It is currently set to expire at the end of August 5 unless terminated sooner.
"As Oregon faces another high heat event, it's important that we make available all needed resources to assist every level of government helping Oregonians stay safe and healthy," said Governor Brown. "We know that these excessively high temperatures are placing a significant burden on local and Tribal jurisdictions, and that they can also impact critical infrastructure, including utilities and transportation."
The heatwave at the end of June contributed to the deaths of 116 people in Oregon — many of them elderly, isolated, and living in the Portland area without air conditioning.
Brown's office said that she has directed the state Office of Emergency Management to activate the state's Emergency Coordination Center, and asked other state agencies to provide any assistance requested by OEM.
As part of the declaration, the Oregon Health Authority will activate the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) —the state's roster of licensed physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other health professionals — "as necessary to respond to the heat event."
The emergency declaration applies to all of the following counties: Benton, Columbia, Clackamas, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Umatilla, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, and Yamhill.