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Bend Emergency Operations Plan Revised

BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilors are expected to approve, Wednesday, an update to the city’s Emergency Operations Plan. Deputy Fire Chief Bill Boos, acting Bend Emergency Manager, is pleased with the final draft.


Boos tells KBND News, "We participated in the Cascadia Rising event in June; I wanted to make sure our emergency operations plan aligned with Deschutes County’s emergency operations plan, which aligns with the state of Oregon. And, our plan did align, which I was thrilled about. But, it handles all sorts of different things: Anywhere from a major fire, to floods, to severe weather, earthquake, drought, terrorism, public health. It kind of gives you a checklist of things that you might want to be thinking about when you have a major event that impacts the community, or the city of Bend." 
He says it’s a playbook for those catastrophic events. "The big thing is just making sure that we’re all on the same page and we’re working together, because it’s going to take everybody. Let’s say, for example, that we have the tsunami off the Oregon coast, it’s going to have a major impact on Central Oregon. And, just making sure that everybody works well together, from the Health Department, to Roads, to police, fire, Red Cross. And that’s the beauty of this; we have a great working relationship with every department in Central Oregon."
According to Boos, cities typically look over their emergency plan every two years. But, because of staffing and department changes, he says Bend’s plan was last revised eight years ago.

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