Newberg will help churches prepare for disasters
The city of Newberg is working with local churches to help prepare the community for disaster.
City Manager Joe Hannan has said since there are so many churches in the city – most people are within a quarter of a mile of the city's 35 churches – it would be beneficial to share resources with those churches in the event some major event happened.
Churches tend to have big spaces to house people should a disaster strike and Hannan said the city is working to outfit the churches with the necessary equipment to help community members should a disaster hit.
On Dec. 6, the city is hosting a breakfast on this subject at the Public Safety Building from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. where city staff hope to set out a year-long agenda and continue discussions on how to prepare should a disaster occur.
A year ago, city staff and members of local churches met to explore a potential partnership in case of a disaster. Two community emergency preparedness events followed at Newberg churches, as well as Yamhill County hosting an emergency response training series. Habitat for Humanity has placed several emergency generators in local churches and the city was awarded a $900,000 grant to seismically improve the public safety emergency operations center.
Hannan said in the past the city may be willing to supply the churches with some equipment and supplies, such as water filtration systems, and the churches would develop a disaster plan for their community as well.