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City of Tigard

Emergency Management

Be Ready, Be Patient, Be Safe...Enjoy

  • Total Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21, 2017
  • Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thurs., Aug 17 to Tues., Aug. 22
  • Eclipse Begins: 9:05 a.m.
  • Total Eclipse Occurs: 10:17 a.m.
  • Total Darkness: 1 minute, 54 seconds

A Message from Your Tigard Emergency Services Coordinator
The total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and fully blocks the sun. On August 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilightcausing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. The anticipated crowd (over 1 million people in Oregon) who visit the "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.

I encourage everyone to plan ahead, be patient and be safe.

Tips for Residents

  • Increased traffic. Traffic will be heavy and lines for local services such as restaurants, gas stations, grocery and retail stores may be longer than usual; do what you can ahead of time before the anticipated impact days and allow for extra time to get where you need to go.
  • 911. Know when it is appropriate to call 911 (true emergencies) and the have the non-emergency phone number (503-629-0111) programmed into your phone ahead of time. Response times may be longer due to the increase in calls.
  • Cellular Service. With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed (primarily Monday the 21st) or have limited access during the impact days.
  • Individual/Family Emergency Plans. Consider the eclipse event a drill to check your emergency kits and emergency plans. If you do not have a kit or have not talked about your emergency plans, now is a great time to do so. Make sure family members and friends know your plans.
  • Sign up for CodeRed. This emergency notification service allows Tigard emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications.
  • Stock up. Overall, supplies may be limited due to high demand. If there is something important you want, get it early. Be sure to consider vehicle fuel and ATM cash.

Tips for Visitors
Tigard’s population of approximately 50,401 may swell with 25,000-30,000 visitors traveling through our city on their way to the coast or south to Salem during the impact period. It is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations, given the situation. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget all about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took for you to experience this wondrous event!

  • Be prepared for crowds, lines and traffic. Be patient. Bring books, games, etc., to keep busy; Take the time in long lines to get to know Oregonians and other visitors via lively conversation. It’s a good time to learn about Oregon and other areas from which guests are visiting, and to make friends from around the state/country/world.
  • Have snacks, water and first-aid supplies on hand in case of crowds/lines/traffic.
  • Become aware of the beauty, splendor and hazards that are all part of Oregon. Know what to do and where to go in the event of severe heat, potential flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
  • Have an emergency kit and an emergency plan; make sure family members or friends back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
  • What to bring with you:
    • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
    • Water (plenty of it)
    • First Aid Kit
    • Necessary medications for you and your pets
    • Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat/visor
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Folding chair
    • Jacket or sweatshirt (for the evening hours)
    • Snacks/food for the hours, days you plan to be outdoors
    • Prepaid phone card – if you need to call long distance and cellular service is not available
    • Maps of area if you need directions (print your directions and bring them with you); your cellular service may be limited during heaviest impact times

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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Ever wonder how you would react during a crisis or disaster? Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training can give you the skills and confidence to provide lifesaving support in an emergency. CERT students receive 24 hours of training in basic emergency response skills like first aid, search and rescue, and fire safety and suppression.

The free training is held at Tigard Public Works Building, 8777 SW Burnham Street in Tigard. Class size is limited and registration is required.

For more information, contact Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Lueck at 503-718-2593.

Our Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or businesses in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their neighborhood.   

Training Locations:
Most of the classes will be held at the Tigard Public Works Building located at 8777 SW Burnham Street (corner of Burnham St. and Hall Blvd.).
 Fire safety, light search and rescue, and the final exercise will be conducted at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's Regional Training Center (RTSC) at 12400 SW Tonquin Rd. in Sherwood. Using this location will ensure safe and effective training and evaluation of the teams, in a
realistic environment.

Learn more about Tigard's CERT Program.


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Register Today for CodeRED!

CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Messages are shared using the emergency communication network system.

The City of Tigard uses CodeRED for any message concerning the safety, property or welfare of the community. Messages may include AMBER alerts, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories or evacuation notices.

The system relies upon contact information from the Tigard water service records, which may not be complete. All businesses and residents are encouraged to register. Registration is confidential and free.

Businesses should provide their main number and establish a procedure for sharing the CodeRED message to their workforce. If possible, have at least one working land line. Multiple lines can be registered, including cell phone numbers.

As a service of the Emergency Communications Network, CodeRED takes security and privacy concerns very seriously. Personal information will not be shared or sold to third parties.

How will I recognize a CodeRED message?
Once you are registered for the CodeRED system, contact your phone/data service provider to confirm that these CodeRED numbers are not blocked: 855-969-4636 (emergency messages) and 866-415-5000 (general messages). All CodeRED messages can be repeated by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid.

Map Your Neighborhood

Tigard offers free Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) training to help neighbors prepare for disasters. The training identifies:

  • How to secure your home and protect your neighborhood immediately following a disaster.
  • Neighbors who have emergency response skills and equipment.
  • Shut-off sites for natural gas, propane tanks and water service.
  • Neighbors who may require special assistance, like children and the elderly.
  • A neighborhood gathering site and care center.
We’ll bring the training to you! The city has several trained volunteers who will come to your neighborhood, provide MYN training and help you establish an emergency action plan. To learn more about MYN training, or to schedule a presentation, please provide your name, address and phone number to MYN Volunteer Coordinator Ralph Hughes.

Emergency Planning Documentation

General Emergency Information

Be Prepared
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Emergency Preparedness Video
View the "Take 5 to Survive" public service announcement video on water storage and purification.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your family.72 hour kit
Due to overwhelming need elsewhere or lack of access to your neighborhood, you may be on your own for several days after a major disaster. A well-stocked kit can help you survive and be more comfortable during a major event such as earthquake, flooding, power outages, etc.

What will you need to survive for a week? Two weeks?  Print this checklist and build your emergency supply kit this weekend.

Severe Weather Shelters

Severe Weather Shelters
In times of freezing and inclement weather, severe weather shelters may activate in Washington County.  For current Severe Winter Weather Shelter information, check the current Shelter Activation List. 

Sandbag Station Closed for Summer

Update 5-18-17:
Sandbag Station Closed for Summer Season
Each year, as a service to residents and business owners, the city offers a free sandbag station in the parking lot of the Tigard Public Works Building (8777 SW Burnham Street). The station is set up in the fall and removed in the summer to make more room for the Tigard Area Farmers Market.

Sandbags are still available if needed. For more information contact Theresa Reynolds at or 503-718-2704.
City Contact
Mike Lueck
Emergency Services Coordinator

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

After-Hours Emergency
To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554. 
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CERT classes begin in September!
Sign up for fall term classes.

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