The Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay formed in February 2008 following a storm that brought hurricane-force winds and flooding to the north Oregon coast, temporarily isolating the three small communities of Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler and surrounding rural areas.

Accomplishments

Since 2008, the EVC has:

  • Trained over 300 volunteers to be self-sufficient and respond to disasters
  • Recorded over 15,000 volunteer hours annually in service to the EVC
  • Prepared shelters and assembly sites with long-term food storage, volunteers and medical supplies
  • Worked with the local fire department to provide rehabilitation services to firefighters
  • 80 neighborhoods and 70 captains and co-captains are part of the Map Your Neighborhood effort in the Nehalem Bay area
  • Trained and certified over 60 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members
  • Developed and implemented a Teen CERT program at Neahkahnie High School focused on building leadership and skills in high school students
  • Facilitated a Community Emergency Medical Team by bringing together medical providers, pharmacists, ambulance agencies and volunteers from across the county
  • Worked with Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson and State Representative Debbie Boone to pass a law allowing medical practitioners within 10 years of retirement, even if not currently licensed, to sign up with the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) and join Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units.
  • More than 10 members of the Nehalem Bay Medical MRC are part of SERV-OR
  • Installed an amateur radio repeater at the Manzanita water tower, now operation for general community ham and family radio use
  • Over 40 community members have become American Red Cross volunteers
  • Installed a generator at North County Recreation District in Nehalem for use by a shelter during an emergency
  • Offered disaster first aid training and 72-hour kit preparation classes for the community
  • Emergency Operations Plan for North Tillamook County completed and distributed
  • Held regional communications and evacuation drills to enhance community preparedness
  • Initiated food storage and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) strategies and are beginning the discussion with City Officials focused on infrastructure pre-planned support
  • Educated thousands statewide about the EVC’s innovative model and training methods

Awards & Accolades

  • 2008: Public Safety Award, Manzanita Department of Public Safety
  • 2011: Award for Excellence in Outreach to Public, Western States Seismic Policy Council
  • 2012: Distinguished Service to Community, Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue District