Important Community Updates

While this is not usually your place to get Community information, these late breaking announcements need publication:

First, the Community information scheduled for this evening at the Anne Basker Auditorium has been CANCELLED. Tomorrow there will be a Zoom session from Medford. Don’t know if they will be taking questions, of which I personally have a few. From the ODF Website:

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is holding a series of community information sessions. Each session will include a presentation about the map’s function and purpose, how wildfire risk is assessed, and how property owners may appeal their assigned risk class. Time will be available to address questions from community members. ODF staff and representatives from Oregon State University will provide the sessions.

Session will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the locations listed. The presentation portion of the sessions will be recorded and posted to ODF’s YouTube channel.

    • July 26, Grants Pass—Canceled
    • July 27, Medford—In-person canceled, virtual only, join the Zoom session
    • Aug. 2, La Grande—Eastern Oregon University, One University Blvd.
    • Aug. 3, The Dalles—Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Dr.
    • Aug. 10, Bend—Deschutes County Fairgrounds, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond

Additional community meetings may be added.

Second, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency relating to excessive heat.

Here are some resources and cooling centers information from the Oregon Health Authority:

Preparedness Tools for Oregonians: 


National Weather Service:  


211 info: 


Hot Weather Safety for Pets – Resources:



Cooling Centers

Resources available in both Josephine and Jackson Counties:

    • Disaster Registry: Would you need special help in an emergency? https://rvcog.org/home/sds-2/emergency-preparedness/disaster-registry  Please contact LeAnne Turnbull at 541-423-1373 for more information.
    • Portable Air Conditioning Units: UNETE has about 70 portable air conditioning units that need to be distributed in the community to elderly (65 and up) who are Medicaid/Medicare eligible or individuals that are disabled and qualify for Medicaid/Medicare in Jackson and Josephine counties.  Please contact Kathy at uneteoregon@gmail.com for more information.

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