City of Medford Preparedness

How is the City of Medford Preparing for a Disaster?

In January of 2014, the City hired Larry Masterman, our first full-time emergency management coordinator. He brings more than 40 years of emergency service experience to the job, including first-hand experience with earthquakes, storms, floods, wildfires, and the Mount St. Helens eruption. He has studied and taught emergency management throughout the United States and seven foreign countries.

During the past year alone, the City:

  • Provided more than 4,500 hours of training to emergency services personnel, potential responders, government leadership, and the general public.
  • Established a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which held three basic training courses.
  • Participated in exercises to hone responders’ individual skills and abilities, to better work with local agencies in the event of an area crisis.
  • Created a Crisis Management Team to lead and support the City during major response operations.
  • Worked with local agencies and organizations to update emergency plans, test capabilities, and position emergency response resources on both sides of I-5 and Bear Creek.
  • All City employees study and learn the National Incident Management System through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These live and online trainings set forth processes that will be used when an emergency occurs.

When Medford suffers a major event,  power and water may be compromised for several days. Roads may be inaccessible and stores and gas stations could close or be limited to cash transactions. Local agencies will work diligently to restore utilities, but supplies and personnel are limited. Citizens should prepare an emergency kit, including a supply of food, water, medications and supplies necessary to care for themselves, their children and their pets for a minimum of 14 days.

For more information regarding the City's Emergency Preparedness activities:

 

Additional Department Information

Emergency Management Department Contacts

411 W. 8th Street
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2322
Contact: Larry Masterman
Email:
Hours: 8AM - 5PM

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