Discussion follows release of report on the weaknesses, strengths of disaster response efforts

Clackamas County's Disability Services Advisory Council will be hosting a virtual discussion of emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities.PMG FILE PHOTO - A scene from West Linn during the 2021 ice storm showed the destruction.COURTESY MAP: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - The range of the Lionshead and P-515 fires on Sept. 21, 2020, extended across most of the county.

Disability Services advisory councilors are meeting following a newly completed report that includes recommendations for Clackamas County to improve response to emergencies like the devastating September 2020 wildfires and subsequent ice storm of February 2021.

From 6:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 8, join the panel discussion with representatives from organizations that are involved in preparation and relief in the event of emergencies including the Red Cross, FEMA and the city of Milwaukie's Community Emergency Response Team.

To make the county's emergency sheltering procedures overall more equitable for marginalized populations, the report proposed determining alternate shelter locations for those most at risk in advance of disasters and specifically training staff to assist underserved groups.

Contact Bruce Lloyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and Zoom link to the Disability Services Advisory Council meeting.COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - The skies were red in Molalla during the first week the wildfires burned in South Clackamas County.

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