“Today’s preparation’s determine tomorrow’s outcomes.” The famous unattributed saying is one that Lincoln City Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Ken Murphy will often quote when speaking on preparedness. And after a small earthquake was recorded near Lincoln City on Sunday morning, the topic of preparedness became even more prevalent.

The USGS map showed that a 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit near Rose Lodge at 9:23 a.m. It had a 42.4 km in depth and was reportedly felt by many Otis and Lincoln City residents. Although there was no damage reported, the timing of the small quake seemed fitting, given that Murphy had just discussed preparedness with the City Council last week.

On May 13, at the Lincoln City, City Council meeting, Murphy gave a presentation that showed the council his goals in refining the emergency preparedness priority set by the council. Before his presentation, Murphy thanked the council for taking an interest in emergency preparation, a service he has 11 years of experience doing.

“I wanted to pass on my appreciation to everyone for having emergency preparation as part of the city council's priorities,” Murphy said. “As you might imagine, that is not necessarily a subject that every city and elected officials embrace. It gives me direction, gives me hope and it gives me the will to really pursue things hard to make them better for Lincoln City.”

Murphy gave a detailed plan of the work he has been doing and plans on doing including the development of two emergency operation centers in Lincoln City, implementing community caches, developing a city fuel management plan, updating the natural hazard mitigation plan and many more projects. Murphy said he is a man of analogies and used a house remodel to describe their emergency preparedness plans.

“It’s got good bones,” Murphy said. “We need to tear out a couple walls, make an open space, redo the plumbing and the wiring and bring everything up to date. Make it efficient and effective.”

A few ongoing projects Murphy mentioned included informing the city council on disaster preparation, developing staff for the emergency operation centers and training staff on the incident command system.


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