CRESA Always Here, Always Ready

Posts by Leslie Chapman

Behind the scenes at the EOC

By 6:30 am, the first person has arrived; between 7:00 and 7:30, everyone else has signed in. The daily health screening process completed, they are ready to begin another day in the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency).

Each day, this dedicated group of CRESA, Clark County Public Health, and other partnering agency employees step into roles they have trained for, taking on responsibilities outside their usual roles. They are joined by an amazing group of volunteers who work just as hard and just as many hours, helping with everything from planning, logistics, volunteer coordination, technical support, and public information.

Working 10 to 12 hours each day, they continue to make efforts to observe safety protocols being emphasized to the public: social distancing, sanitizing work spaces several times through-out the day, multiple hand washing sessions, and liberal use of hand sanitizer. Additionally the CRESA building has implemented precautions to protect staff and essential operations, which include:

  • No unauthorized persons permitted in the facility
  • Health screening processes have been implemented for all individuals entering the EOC
  • Ensuring EOC workstations comply with social distancing recommendations

Staying healthy is very important to this group of people. While they are prepared to work from home, they realize it would undoubtedly slow the pace of activity, and with a situation that changes as fast as COVID-19, the ability to pivot and refocus quickly is vital.

Most work through lunch. In between questions and discussions, in between meetings, there is an occasional conversation, the rare burst of laughter. Then it’s back to work, and quiet focus on the responsibilities in front of them.

The wrap-up meeting begins at 5:30 pm. By 6:00, most are signed out and on their way home. They will be back tomorrow, and the next day… This group of hard working, dedicated people, are committed to assisting Clark County in its response to the COVID-19. Unseen, they make a positive impact as they help our community track a path forward during these uncharted times.

CRESA EOC status

CRESA Emergency Operation Center will be closing for the evening this includes the Call Center. We will be back tomorrow morning. If there is an actual emergency please call 911.

How can you help?

We know there are many of you looking for ways to assist with wildfires happening in our area.  We appreciate your generous spirit and willingness to help.  At this time, do not try to deliver emergency goods or supplies to first responders.  Please be patient as crews continue to assess needs and communicate how you can be helpful.  In the interim consider the following:

Red Cross

The Red Cross is operating two shelters throughout the region for anyone displaced by wildfires. More than 160 evacuees are staying at the two shelters in Gresham and Stevenson, as of Tuesday morning.

Shelter locations for those affected by the Eagle Creek Wildfire:

How to help: Donate to the American Red Cross at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations to “Disaster Relief” allows the Red Cross to purchase the exact supplies for the needs of a specific disaster relief operation.

The Red Cross says if you want to help out, the best thing to do is donate on their website. Donating goods or food isn’t always as helpful. If you want to volunteer, the Red Cross encourages you to sign up online and receive training instead of just showing up on the spot.

VCA hospitals for evacuated pet accommodations: The VCA hospitals in Vancouver and Battle Ground are offering free accommodations for evacuated animals. For more information, call 360-892-0032 (Vancouver) or 360-687-7151 (Battle Ground).