FEMA has launched a new data visualization tool that allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data, including when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country.Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis.


The tool is accessible at fema.gov/data-visualization


 A USACE “Silver Jackets” project - to install high-water signs as reminders of the risks of flooding - had its first installation at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany on December 12th.  Three permanent signs were installed representing the floods of 1996, 1964, and 1861 (particularly impressive) to remind residents of the impact of floods.  This is the first of three sites (selected by DLCD and community officials) to receive these signs, with Turner and Oregon City to follow in the next few months.  See the news coverage at:

http://democratherald.com/albany/high-water-signs-a-reminder-of-flood-potential/article_bf8ba961-41cb-5ee3-8839-84350edd72ed.html

 

http://www.kval.com/news/local/1964-flood-still-holds-lessons-for-Oregon-a-half-century-later-285655951.html

  

The Christmas flood of 1964 was a major event that took place in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California between December 18, 1964 and January 7, 1965. It was one of the worst floods in recorded history to affect the Willamette River and its tributaries, but the storm impacted the entire state. Twenty people died as a result of the disaster, and it caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. 

The Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “Silver Jackets,” (composed of members from USACE, USGS, FEMA, the National Weather Service, DOGAMI, OEM, OWRD, and DLCD, and dedicated to a comprehensive flood management program) has created a webpage devoted to this historic event.  Starting December 10th, you can see photos and read stories about the huge flood and learn about dams and other actions that today help reduce flooding in Oregon.  You can also learn about your role in flood preparedness and actions you can take to stay safe.  Click on:

www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water/FloodReady.aspx

 

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Contact for Oregon Risk MAP

The Department of Land Conservation and Development is the lead on the Oregon Risk MAP project. To reach the program coordinator contact:

Dave Lentzner
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540

Phone: 503-934-0010
david.lentzner@state.or.us