In the event emergency sheltering is needed in our community, there are designated facilities/areas, equipment, supplies and processes in place that have been designed to be consistent and effective, with the goal of safeguarding our community. The North Tillamook County EVCNB sheltering system includes Camping at Home, Emergency Shelters (Community and Red Cross), and Emergency Warming Centers.
Camping at Home
In the event of a disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami, many buildings will suffer some structural damage and properties in inundation zones may become uninhabitable (Level 1 Incident). Disastrous events bring anxiety and worry, amplifying the stress of having to move to an assembly site or temporary encampment. Learning how to safely and comfortably “camp at home” can both relieve pressure on community facilities and provide the sense of comfort that comes from familiar surroundings.
Emergency Community Shelter
Emergency Community Shelters are predesigned to: 1) Be Immediately available; 2) Have trained local shelter volunteers, Red Cross and non-Red Cross; 3) Use processes that are universal across each of the shelters for consistency and continuity; 4) Contain drinking water, snack foods, shelter (ability to get out of the weather), communication; 5) Have stored supplies; and 6) Incorporate some limited medical resources. These shelters are designed along the continuum of Emergency Preparedness for the safety and care of our community. (Level 2 or 3 Incident).
Any Community Shelter Trained Volunteer may open an Emergency Community Shelter in an emergency situation where there is an impact; and the shelter will be helpful.
Intended to be short term, the Community Shelter can be interim until Red Cross can be established, or remain open as a Community Shelter.
American Red Cross (ARC) Shelter
ARC will determine if criteria are met to open as a Red Cross shelter. Volunteers are encouraged to become Red Cross volunteers, as that gives local flexibility to work in both Community and Red Cross shelters.
Emergency Warming Centers
Facilities or organizations that express interest in working with the community emergency response system can be ready as an Emergency Warming Center. These centers function as an overflow when the Primary Shelters are at capacity, unavailable, or the event is expected to be of short duration. Basic services include shelter (out of weather), snacks, water, toilets, basic First Aid supplies.
A Community or ARC Shelter will likely be opened for a Level 3 or Level 2 Incident.
Bring your GoBag with you for your needs. Include: food, First Aid supplies, medications, radios for communication, comfort items, change of clothing.
EVCNB partners with and values the important working relationship with the American Red Cross (ARC). Learn more at the American Red Cross website.
The ARC is a vital liaison and partner in our work toward emergency preparedness at all Incident Levels (3, 2, 1). Red Cross volunteers train to save lives and bring comfort, both locally and nationally.
The ARC has a broad base of experience, knowledge and education opportunities for volunteers, including:
- How to setup and operate a shelter
- CPR/First Aid
- Disaster Action Team (response to assist families with basic needs after a disaster displaces them)
- Damage assessment
- Other topics
EVCNB offers ongoing training, classes and drills for both Community and ARC Shelter processes.
We deeply appreciate and thank each of our dedicated volunteers for their interest, talents, compassion and caring. These efforts empower others and form a base that supports more resilient communities.
We invite you to join this vitally important Volunteer Team. Volunteers are encouraged to also become a Red Cross member, but it is not required.