It took a while, but temperatures have dropped, and the leaves are following suit. If these leaves happen to fall near storm drains, it's best to clear them away to prevent stresses to our water treatment system. But if falling on turf or soil, leaves often serve a beneficial role to the ecosystem in which they fall. So consider whether it may be sensible for you to "leave the leaves" this fall :)
Please also leave us a response [for us to "leaf through"] in our 2nd annual Preparedness Survey! Your feedback will help inform our focal topics in 2023, so we want to hear from you whether you've started one of these projects, or completed over half of them. THANK YOU!!!
Lincoln Thomas, Cedar Hills Ready! Newsletter Editor
Its Thanksgiving week, and many of us are traveling to enjoy family or friends during the holiday season. Bill and I are at the Oregon coast, watching a storm roll in. It's wild and beautiful: the wind catches the white tops of waves and sideways rain pelts our umbrellas. If you are planning a trip during severe weather this season, consider first reading this article from Portland Bureau of Transportation for tips on how to make your trip safe. This article includes tips for planning ahead, using multiple forms of transportation, and what to do if you get stranded in your vehicle. You can download fliers on the website, translated into multiple languages. Click the two sample fliers below. More translations are available on this website.
Karen Ronning-Hall, Disaster Preparedness Evangelist, living in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with hubby Bill, daughter Geneva, Bean dog, Thumper kitty, and Terry the turtle.
Oregon Field Guide spent a year-and-a-half probing the state of Oregon's preparedness, and found that when it comes to bridges, schools, hospitals, building codes, and energy infrastructure, Oregon lags far behind many quake prone regions of the country. Check out this informative 1-hour video. (Aired September 30, 2015.)