The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners tackled earthquakes, ambulance services and a little bit of Climate Change and the weather shifts it poses.
Off the top, it’s not news that a very strong earthquake could happen any day along the northwest Oregon Coast. Seismologists and geologists have closely tracked off-shore earthquake history. Research shows the intervals between earthquakes average between 200 to 350 years. And we’re due. County officials have been putting together plans so that when a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake pushes the ground around people will know how to ride it out and to help their families and nearby neighbors.
County officials are assembling information for distribution to Lincoln County families and other residents to prepare themselves to ride-out an earthquake with minimal injuries to people. There will be lots of rescue operations in the event of a 9.5 Cascadia Richter shaker. Most earthquakes range from a 3.5 Richter to a high of 7 Richter scale. On the Oregon Coast those Cascadia Subduction Zone shakers can be massive – up to 9.5 Richter. So be very, very prepared. Information is available on the internet at: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/Cascadia-Subduction-Zone.aspx
On a lighter note…two ambulance companies competed for providing medical services in Lincoln County. The winning company was the company that already provides those services – Pac West. Their competition during the supervisors deliberations between the two was easy – long time running ambulance services Pac West got the contract. The other ambulance company already covers a large area of the state. Pac West’s contract renewal kicks in on July 1st.