Lane County, partners working to support rural communities

Lane County, partners working to support rural communities
Posted on 02/27/2019

Lane County Emergency Management has been working closely with other public agencies and partners to evaluate and respond to emergency needs.



  • Lane County and the Red Cross have a convoy of critical supplies and resources to support a warming center and shelter at Oakridge High School.
  • The convoy includes: food, water, diapers, baby food, medication, insulin, oxygen tanks, batteries, pet supplies from Greenhill, and other critical supplies.
  • Lincoln County is supplying emergency food supplies that are included in the convoy.
  • Eric Plebuch of Petersen Cat is supplying a generator and electrician to support the Oakridge Shelter. The equipment is staged to move as soon as Highway 58 is passable.
  • Lane County Fleet Services is including a mechanic with the convoy who can help remove trapped or abandoned vehicles along Highway 58 in support of ODOT’s efforts to continue clearing the highway.
  • Search and Rescue was able to make a delivery to Oakridge Fire of oxygen to support their needs.


McKenzie Valley:

  • McKenzie Fire and Rescue has established a warming center at the Leaburg Fire Station and has a water filling station, heat and coffee for residents who can safely travel to that location.
  • A warming station has been established at the Upper McKenzie Fire Station.
  • Lane County, Verizon and EWEB crews are close to reaching a critical communications tower that serves the McKenzie Valley to make repairs and bring it back online. Once the tower is back online, it will provide emergency responder communication, as well as cell phone service.
  • The City of Eugene is transporting a satellite cellular service tower to support emergency communication in the upper McKenzie Valley until the communications tower is repaired.


Additionally, Lane County has opened a non-emergency inquiry line (541-682-3977) to address resident questions and concerns. The call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until conditions improve.


When possible, Lane County Search and Rescue volunteers are responding to residents facing immediate life safety issues as a result of the winter storms.