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Free Lunchtime Talks Focus on Getting Ready for Disaster - 05/05/21

Salem, Ore. —Join Greg Walsh, Salem’s Emergency Preparedness Manager, for a free virtual lunchtime series about steps you can take to prepare for disaster, starting Thursday, May 13.  

Every other week, Walsh will present 30 minutes on a different topic that can help you be better prepared:

  • Thursday, May 13, noon - Power outages and ice storms – what we learned from the ice storm
  • Thursday, May 27, noon – Water outages and water storage
  • Thursday, June 10, noon – Emergency food supply
  • Thursday, June 24, noon – Wildfires
  • Thursday, July 8, noon – We’re looking for your ideas. Take this survey to tell us what emergency topics you’d like to know more about.

Join us on Zoom. We’ll use the same link for every meeting. We’ll also live stream to the City’s YouTube channel.

During a major natural disaster, or regional emergency, emergency response teams may not be able to reach individual households for as much as two weeks. If Salem was affected by another major natural disaster, could your family survive for at least two weeks without assistance?

From earthquakes to floods, wildfires to personal financial crises, emergencies come in many forms, and often when you least expect it. Being prepared brings peace of mind, knowing your loved ones will be OK.

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Salem Bringing New Ozone Treatment Facility Online To Ensure Clean And Safe Drinking Water During Algae Season - 04/27/21

The City of Salem is actively preparing for another algae season in the North Santiam Watershed. Recent wildfires and warmer than normal temperatures this spring may impact the algae blooms in the Detroit Reservoir and North Santiam River and increase the level of cyanotoxins in our lakes and streams earlier than usual. Public Work’s staff is closely monitoring cyanotoxin levels and ready to respond with additional treatment if needed. To ensure a safe and resilient drinking water system, the City of Salem has invested in a new Ozone Treatment Facility at Geren Island.

Ozone is one of the strongest disinfectants used to treat drinking water. It produces no taste or odor and no ozone remains in the water after treatment. Construction of the new facility is nearly complete and will be a valuable tool in treating the City’s drinking water beginning late Spring. A virtual tour of the system and how it works is now available on the City of Salem website.

The City of Salem is also increasing water storage capacity with the construction improvements to the Woodmansee Park Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) System. This system stores drinking water in a natural underground aquifer. Construction has begun in the southeast Salem park and is expected to be completed by 2022.

Salem’s water remains safe to drink and the City will continue to provide updates to the community as the 2021 algae season moves forward. Residents are encouraged to visit the City of Salem’s website at to see current watershed conditions and updated water quality test data.

Community members who have questions can contact the City of Salem at">  or 503-588-6311.

The City of Salem Burn Ban Ends Saturday April 24th - 04/23/21

The City of Salem's burn ban will end at 0800 Saturday April 24th. Thank you all for complying with the burn ban and keeping our community safe. 

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Based on current weather projections and current conditions the City of Salem has extended the burn ban that was imposed on April 13th through Friday April 23rd. 


With the extended weather forecast showing higher temperatures, low humidity and moderate winds, the City of Salem is issuing a burn ban on all open burning through April 18, 2021. All outdoor burning, including ceremonial and recreational fires, will be prohibited within the City of Salem. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs, and will remain in effect through this week.

The City will reevaluate the forecast this weekend prior to determining burn status for the following week.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecue grills is allowed during this total burning ban, but always remember and follow safe grilling practices, and properly dispose of coals in a metal container when finished.

The Burn Ban includes the following open burning situations:

1. Agricultural burning

2. Land clearing or slash burning

3. Recreational fires, including:

    a. Backyard fire pits.

    b. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces.

4. Ceremonial Fires

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the  cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.