FLORENCE, Ore. – In this small town on Oregon’s Pacific coast virtually any disaster can happen. And in a time when prepping often is considered a “fringe” activity, it’s refreshing to see an entire region come together to help each other prepare and survive.
For this community of nearly 9,000 residents on the Siuslaw River, west of Eugene, real threats can engulf their homes at any given time. According to scientists, the region is due for a Cascadia earthquake, but it’s also susceptible to tropical storms, wind storms, tsunami’s, floods, and wildfires.
The unique partnership that brought this together is certainly a model. The City of Florence is a founding member of the West Lane Emergency Operations Group which formed in 2014. And when it pitched the local newspaper, the Siuslaw News got on board immediately.
“We do a couple of events a year, and they approached us about doing a partnership,” said Jenna Bartlett, general manager of the Siuslaw News. “They didn’t have the manpower or resources so we said we would help.”
Not only did this coalition attract survival businesses and emergency management agencies to exhibit at the show, they secured television survival star Mykel Hawke as the keynote speaker.
In all, nearly 600 people attended the expo and learned about tsunami and earthquake preparedness and evacuation, self-prepping tests, essential oils, and survival planning for pets. Barnett explained that “the event went great.”
We’re not surprised.
When local leaders and the local newspaper join together to extoll the virtues of survival planning and work to help citizens prepare, it can only do good.
In fact, we recommend other communities take a cue from Florence, even if it’s just learning from the brochure created by the newspaper.
Paratus Business News applauds everyone in Florence for joining together to make the community more resilient, self-reliant and prepared.
Editor’s Note: While we love and applaud Florence for its efforts to educate and prepare its citizens for possible catastrophes, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention one previously unmentioned disaster that made the town famous more than 20 years ago. The exploding whale. Memorialized forever by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry. Check out the links, and enjoy. Sometimes we all need a laugh, even if it is at ourselves.