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Toledo trying to go in with LCSD on emergency supplies for school kids in event of big earthquake and tsunami

If “The Big One” hits the Oregon Coast with a 9.0+ earthquake and a following 80 foot tsunami, the Lincoln County school district wants to make sure that if it happens during the school day, kids will get emergency supplies that will see them through the immediate aftermath.

Councilors learned that a grant through the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services and the Lincoln County School District would provide the Toledo area with about $15,000 in emergency supplies for Toledo school kids to tide them over until things settle down. The funds, which would require some financial contribution from the City of Toledo must be applied for no later than January 1st.

Councilors were a bit hesitant at first – Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher saying “$15,000 worth of emergency supplies is not adequate to meet the needs of all students at Toledo Elementary and Toledo High School. However, he admitted, it’s better than nothing. Mayor Grutzmacher questioned whether Toledo Elementary would be a strategically smart site to set up disaster survival supplies. Grutzmacher reasoned that both Toledo High and Elementary schools are on the other side of the slough, which would isolate the schools from the main part of town if a tsunami were to strike Toledo. He wondered if Arcadia School, with four roads leading out of it – instead of just one in the case of Sturdevant Road – wouldn’t be a better location for the official assembly area and the place for supplies. Councilor Jack Dunaway observed that the the Toledo Fire Station, just around the corner from Arcadia School already has the capacity to feed and care for many people in the event of a damaging earthquake.

In the end the council approved an application for some of the disaster preparedness funds. The applications are due in by the first of January, and it’s first come first served. There are not enough funds to go around for each school in the district.

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