Resilience: Health, Emergency and Natural Resources
The community will continue to create emissions from consumption, energy used in buildings, and from transportation fuels. These emissions, in addition to all the other ghg emissions world-wide, will result in further climate change. This section focuses on how our community will become more resilient to the rising temperatures, reduced snowpack, increased wildfire and related smoke events, and increased variability in the weather.
National research and local experience have shown that the effects of climate change tend to disproportionately impact marginalized communities such as communities of color, the elderly, low-income communities, and people experiencing disabilities. Resilience to climate change was the greatest area of concern for the Equity Panel and resulted in the most recommendations.
The City of Eugene and its ECC Partners have already put in place many effective strategies to become more resilient to the changing climate. The actions that the ECC has committed to implementing will increase the resilience and adaptability of all people living in Eugene, continuing efforts to create a more equitable, livable community into the future.
- Action R1
Bethel and 4J School Districts promoting local food sourcing
- Action R2
Lane County Public Health infectious disease surveillance and response
- Action R3
EWEB providing emergency water stations at various schools and public spaces around the region
- Action R4
City of Eugene Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
- Action R5
City of Eugene implementing the Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan
- Action R6
MWMC partnership with EWEB in Pure Water Partners program.
- Action R7
University of Oregon’s Partnership for Disaster Resilience research
- Action R8
EWEB and Northwest Natural limited income assistance programs and energy conservation education programs
- Action R9
Investigate need and plan for community cooling centers and/or smoke refuge centers
- Action R10
COE developing a water conservation and drought management plan and implementing Salmon Safe Certification recommendations
- Action R11
LCC improving outdoor classrooms and using the forest and surrounding wetlands as education center
- Action R12
Lane County reviving Firewise Incentive Program or a similar program
- Action R13
MWMC using recycled water in urban tree watering and fire training facilities
- Action R14
PeaceHealth providing Incident command System training sessions
- Action R15
Lane County adjusting the floodplain management program to reflect changes in climate and effects of flooding
Access to Electricity
- Action R16
Cooling stations and charging stations for unhoused people and people who need electricity to operate health care and disability-related equipment, as well as people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and nerve disorders.
- Action R17
Ensure that people who need power wheelchairs for mobility, refrigeration of medicines, hearing aids, and/or screen reading software have access to electricity if the power grid is compromised.
Fire Health and Safety
- Action R18
COE starts preparing itself for emergencies by considering how low-income communities will not be able to pay for unexpected emergency services such as private fire fighters if local fire stations are not prepared for increased summer fires.
- Action R19
Emergency stations well distributed where food, water and medical equipment will be accessible.
- Action R20
As heat and fires increase, provide access to asthma and other lung related medicines for people with compromised lungs.
- Action R21
Put in place fire and flooding drills in schools.
Mental and Public Health
- Action R22
Trauma-informed Training for first responders in an emergency, as well as training on supporting people on the autism spectrum and mental health diagnoses, such as PTSD, chronic anxiety, chronic depression, panic attacks, etc.
- Action R23
Train first responders on how to address concerns of communities who have been negatively targeted by police and other government agencies historically, such as migrants, Black, Native, Pacific Islander, low income, undocumented, unhoused, LGBTQ+ communities. First responders must have protocols to name and address people’s fears with respect to the state in order to be effective in an emergency.
- Action R24
Provide incentives for Psychological First Aid trainings for first responders and other public officials mindful of deploying them for natural disasters. Ask CAP stakeholders, such as the universities, to provide trainings for their employees and general public.
- Action R25
Support and foster accessible mental health services for underserved communities.
Food and Shelter
- Action R26
Establish a citywide protocol to support organizations that deliver food to low income communities in an emergency, such as snow storm. Make sure food supplies are accessible to those who need it most.
- Action R27
Edible forests in public areas with drought-resistant Native plants.
- Action R28
Ensure survival of Native food sources.
- Action R29
Rain and Stormwater gardens in public areas and stakeholders lands.
- Action R30
EWEB funds garden education to underserved communities with a focus on water conservation.
- Action R31
Train multilingual first responders. Have information available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, ASL, and other pertinent languages in the city.
- Action R32
In the event of an emergency, activate a network of community advocates to share information within underserved communities.
- Action R33
Create a confidential list that lets first responders know which households must be contacted or visited during an emergency because inhabitants’ health and capacity to receive information has been compromised due to failed power grid./li>
- Action R34
In the case of an evacuation, develop protocol to move and support all those who are dependent on public transit, have limited mobility, and do not have driver licenses.