Dealing With Emergencies

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If you’re heading outdoors for either an extended excursion or into an area you’re unfamiliar with, prepare for every contingency. Let’s face it, none of us go hiking or camping with the hope we’ll get into trouble, but sometimes trouble finds us and the responsible outdoor enthusiast is ready for every situation. In this section of the Oceanscape Network, we’ll help prepare you for some possible emergencies. Some of these can be encountered anywhere, others are more particular to the Oregon Coast, but all should be considered before you head out.

Remember, the materials on the Oceanscape Network are not intended to be all-encompassing. We’ll give you a broad overview and provide additional resources and links when possible.

Natural Disaster Emergencies

Getting Lost. Anyone can get lost, whether by accident or carelessness. But making it back to safety means staying calm and not making a bad situation worse.

Landslide. Oregon’s rainy weather and unique geography can often result in devastating landslides. Here’s what you need to know about this natural phenomenon to stay out of harm’s way.

Earthquake and Tsunami. Oregon sits on the edge of the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” making it a geologically active area which can include earthquake and tsunami.

Wild Fire. Fire is a natural force of renewal in wild areas, but it can also have a devastating impact on human communities. Learn how wild fire helps shape the environment around us.