Oregon Synod Be Prepared Network



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You are advised to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Gather any belonging and make efforts to protect your home. If you stay, emergency services may not be available to assist you further.

This statement was released late Friday night, February 7, 2020, by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office as flood waters rose in Umatilla County. Similar statements came with knocks on the door as wildfires raged through the state in early September 2020. Disaster Preparation is only possible before disasters strike. Join the Oregon Synod Disaster Preparedness Network and help your congregation, friends and neighbors work together for the safety and well being of all.

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Oregon Synod Network Resources
Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake

Steven Eberlein works for the American Red Cross Cascades Region — encouraging people to prepare for disasters, especially earthquakes. This 11 minute video is well worth your time. Learn about the expected Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake threat and what you can do about it.


The Great Quake and the Great Drowning Devotion

A devotion focusing on Native American stories of the last Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. Used for an Oregon Synod training event September 19, 2020.

Oregon WIldfires September 2020

NBC News’ Jacob Ward details the destruction left behind by dozens of wildfires across Oregon as the West Coast continues to undergo massive fires spread throughout the region. Wildfires have been getting more frequent and more fierce throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Climate change with without a doubt one driving factor.


Disaster 101 & Oregon Wildfires

A basic Disaster Preparation training done with Oregon Synod congregations October 12, 2020.


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A Team Effort

It takes everybody to help out in times of disaster. It takes churches, local businesses, non-profits, state and federal assistance, county emergency manages and so many more. Lutherans are present through local congregations, camps and food banks. We volunteer with the Red Cross, United Way or train to be case workers and advocates. Those with gifts of prayer and presence may visit or sit with those experiencing loss. And we give not only of our time and treasures, but with the sweat of our brow – like we all do.

Lutheran Disaster Response is staying in close communication around the needs created by the Umatilla Flooding. They are present through representation on the Oregon VOAD. They are present through Lutheran Community Services Northwest. They are on the phone with local leadership twice a month and when the time is right, if there is a need, they are able to bring further financial and training resources to bear.

If you have questions about Lutheran involvement and present for those in Umatilla County and beyond please feel free to contact us.