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The City of Sherwood Public Works Department has CANCELLED the boil water advisory issued on Tuesday June 21st. Test results from samples taken in the affected area returned negative for any foreign contaminant. While there was no cause for alarm, the advisory was issued as a precaution until the samples were returned. Oregon law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains. The pressure loss was the result of a temporary pump outage. Please contact the Public Works Department at 503.625.5722 if you have any questions.
The City of Sherwood Public Works Department is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory to a limited area of southeastern Sherwood. While the city has no reason to believe your drinking water was contaminated, Oregon law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains. The pressure loss was the result of a temporary pump outage. This is a routine precaution, and there is no need to be alarmed. Water samples were collected earlier this morning in the affected area to ensure your drinking water wasn't contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Results should be available at approximately noon on June 22nd. You will be notified by another message that the boil water advisory has been canceled.
Go to the City's webpage www.sherwoodoregon.gov/publicworks to access an interactive tool to determine if your home is in the affected area or call 503.625.5722.
SEATTLE -- A 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster.
June 7-10, 2016 Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers (EOC) at all levels of government and the private sector in Washington, Oregon and Idaho will activate to conduct a simulated field response operation within their jurisdictions and with neighboring communities, state EOCs, FEMA, and major military commands in response to a simulated 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami along the Washington and Oregon coast.
"A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will be a disaster unlike anyone has ever seen," said Ken Murphy, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region X. "Cascadia Rising will test our own preparedness. It is exercises like this, ahead of a disaster, that foster coordination and help build relationships before a real world event occurs."
"Oregon is looking forward to strengthening the partnerships with our local, tribal, state and federal partners through the Cascadia Rising exercise," Said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. "This exercise gives Oregon, Washington, Idaho and FEMA Region 10 an invaluable opportunity to validate and improve upon the planning initiatives, training and other exercises we've undertaken over the past several years to prepare for the threat of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. This exercise should also serve as a reminder to all Oregonians that individual and family emergency preparedness is key to augment an effective response to an earthquake or any disaster and begin the recovery process. Ultimately, the work we do leading up to the exercise and the lessons we learn in a controlled and evaluated environment will translate into lives saved during what could be the country's biggest disaster."
The predicted direct effects of a full CSZ earthquake end at the Cascade Mountains but the indirect effects will extend far beyond the mountain passes. Western Washington and Oregon will have the greatest impacts but Eastern Washington and Oregon along with Idaho are important partners in the exercise and will be vital in a real world event.
"While Idaho is not inside the expected impact area, we want to make sure we are able to support our neighbors should a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami happen," said Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security Director Brad Richy. "Idaho's participation in the Cascadia Rising functional exercise is an effort to ensure the optimal level of readiness. IBHS is working with nine northern Idaho counties, the Department of Health and Welfare, all seven Idaho Public Health Districts, as well as Oregon and Washington to test our response. The level of cooperation between FEMA Region X, and our neighboring states and exercise players, has been outstanding and we look forward to acting upon the lessons learned."
This exercise will seek to test plans and procedures through a 9.0M earthquake and follow-on tsunami with expectations to improve catastrophic disaster operational readiness across the whole community.
Cascadia Rising 2016 is in preparation for the long overdue Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake and consequent tsunami that may devastate the California, Oregon, Washington coastlines. Lying mostly offshore, the plate interface is a giant fault approximately 700 miles long. At this location, the set of tectonic plates to the west is sliding (subducting) beneath the North American plate. The movement of these two plates is neither constant nor smooth; ultimately, these plates are stuck. The stress is continuously building until the fault will suddenly break, resulting in an earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
Cascadia Subduction Zone History
According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network the last known CSZ megathrust earthquake occurred in January, 1700. Geological evidence indicates that 9.0M+ earthquakes have occurred at least seven times in the last 3,500 years which equates to an interval of 400 to 600 years between major tremors. As the CSZ follows this timeline, the Pacific Northwest should be preparing for the no-notice event through major exercises such as Cascadia Rising.
Cascadia Rising 2016 is a 4-day exercise focused on interagency and multi-state coordination. Emergency management centers at local, state, tribal and federal levels in coordination with military commands, private sector and non-governmental organizations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, will activate to coordinate simulated field response operations.??NLG
On June 3, 2016 Officers from the Sherwood Police Department met with 27 year old Markell Deon Hilaire of Tacoma, Washington. Hilaire turned himself in on a secret indictment warrant. Hilaire was arrested without incident.
Hilaire was booked into the Washington County Jail on the felony warrant which alleged 3 charges; Criminal Mistreatment 1st Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, and Assault in the 4th Degree. His bail was set at $10,000.00.
This involves a case which received national attention recently. This is still an active and open case. No further information is being released at this time.
For further information, please use the following link, which will provide some background and avenues for the public to get involved in making changes to Oregon law, so vulnerable child victims can be better protected;
Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651
Sherwood, Ore -- On June 7-8, the City of Sherwood will participate in Cascadia Rising, the largest-ever regional exercise supported by FEMA Region X that includes local, state, tribal and federal partners. Cascadia Rising is scheduled to occur in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to simulate the first 4-days of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.
Cascadia Rising will simulate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, of equal magnitude to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.
Cascadia Rising will help ensure emergency response partners are working together to provide decision makers with information to implement programs and policies that will save lives and property. The lessons learned in Cascadia Rising will be used to update local, tribal and state government, private and non-governmental organization's large scale earthquake response plans.
The City of Sherwood will be participating by exercising the use of the City's Emergency Operations Center, and will be using both simulated and real responses to exercise related incidents in the community, to test preparedness.
Prior to the exercise on June 6 at 12pm PST, a twitter chat begins with partners from FEMA Region X, the Oregon Office and Emergency Management, ShakeOut and more! Join the conversation with #CascadiaEQ and #CascadiaRising.
Now is a perfect time for everyone to evaluate a family emergency plan and update or establish emergency kits. We're preparing and you can too!