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Toledo gears up for “The Mother of All Emergency Drills!”

The Toledo Fire Department will host a public Town Hall meeting on Monday, August 13th at 6:30 – 7:30p.m. to provide information on the planned community emergency response drill scheduled for Saturday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The drill will focus on response procedures for emergency responders involved in a motor vehicle hazardous material chemical spill.

Community members are encouraged to attend the Town Hall meeting to receive information on the activities planned for Saturday the 18th as well as family or business preparedness focusing on sheltering in place.

What is Shelter in Place? Click here.

Should an airborne chemical release occur in Toledo, outside air quality may be affected. It may be unsafe to be outside or to attempt to evacuate. Generally it is safer to Shelter in Place until the wind disperses and moves the chemical away.

One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous chemicals have been released into the atmosphere is to Shelter in Place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe by remaining indoors. Shelter in Place means selecting an interior room, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off your entire home.

Instructions on when to Shelter in Place will come from your local authorities. Information on what to do to protect yourself and your family will be available on television, radio, or the internet.
Knowing how to Shelter in Place and following the instructions of local authorities are important in the case of an emergency.

Should an airborne chemical release occur in your community, outside air quality may be affected. It may be unsafe to be outside or to attempt to evacuate. Generally it is safer to Shelter in Place until the wind disperses and moves the chemical away.

For additional information regarding Sheltering In Place – go to the Oregon State Fire Marshall website. Click here.

Town Hall Agenda:
Saturday, 18th Drill Overview
Shelter In Place Techniques for Community Members
American Red Cross Shelter Registration Process

Community Assistance Needed:

The full scale exercise in Toledo on August 18th offers the opportunity for community members to volunteer and participate in various roles including mock victims, family members, bystanders, media and other roles to be determined as needed. Volunteer shifts are expected to last approximately four to six hours and due to the nature of the scenario and physical requirements volunteers should be able to stand for long periods of time and be at least 14 years of age. If you are interested in participating please contact Lesley Garnatz, IKR Consulting at the contact information below.

The grant has strict requirements that will not allow for funding to be utilized for snacks, refreshments or meals for the training sessions or the exercises. However, in order to have successful events it is necessary to provide for meals and refreshments for the responders and volunteers who will be participating in the full scale and table top exercises. The grant planning team is asking for specific food donations from local retail stores or direct funding to purchase the necessary items to provide for 75+ responders and/or volunteers the day of the full scale exercise, August 18th. Logistics and funding will be coordinated by IKR consulting at the contact information below (direct funding can be made through your local Fire District/Department via IKR Consulting).

Lesley Garnatz will be coordinating volunteers and refreshment needs for the events.

Lesley Garnatz, IKR Consulting, Volunteer Coordinator
Register on-line by clicking here.
(503) 893-9814
lgarnatz@me.com

Additional information or questions regarding these events can be directed to Division Chief Anthony “Tony” Monroe, (541) 336-3311 x 205

Fire Chief William Ewing
Toledo Fire Department
285 NE Burgess Road
Toledo, Oregon 97391
tfd@cityof toledo.org

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