Emergency Preparedness/Response

Community Organizer: Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club

In this episode of Community Organizer, Paul Carlin of the Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club (PBARC) sits down with community organizer Scott Clapson to talk about PBARC and their extensive community involvement. They have installed radios at many strategic locations around our area. They also teach new interested people about amateur radio. This is a dynamic and engaged group of volunteers.

Pelican Bay Ameture Radio Club LogoPaul is encouraged by the mutual support and collaboration between PBARC and local fire departments, schools, municipalities, nonprofits, and churches supporting emergency preparedness. He encourages others to get involved in this incredibly important, educational, and engaged community organization.

Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club meets on the last Friday of the month at 6:30 PM downstairs at the Chetco Activity Center.

You can learn more about PBARC at pelicanbayarc.com.

Host: Scott Clapson; Producer: Scott Clapson; Sound Editor: Peter Schreiber


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Community Conversations: U.S. Forest Service Preparations for Upcoming Wildfire Season and Unfavorable Wildfire Trends

ForestThis special edition of Community Conversations covers a nationwide press conference where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell address U.S. Forest Service discuss preparations for the 2016 wildfire season, unfavorable wildfire trends, and funding issues that limit the ability of the Forrest Service to manage forest resources while fighting a growing number wildfires.

Show host Connie Hunter supplies additional commentary and follow up with information from our local Curry County fire districts. Alongside Associated Press and other reporters, Connie was able to participate in the Press Conference via telephone. Hear what our KCIW show host asked on behalf of our neck of the woods!

The national policy governing our forests has deep and long lasting impact on our local forests. What can we do to save our forests? Listen to this program and find out!

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual participants. Curry Coast Community Radio takes no position on issues discussed in this program.


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Community Conversations: Natural Disaster Resilience Competition Overview with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

In this edition of Community Conversations, two special guests help decipher the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Natural Disaster Resilience Competition Grant Competition (NDRC) request for federal funding. This special report provides an in-depth look at the life-saving advantages of having an Emergency Department with expanded healthcare services in south Curry County.

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Community Resilience Grant Presentation (click to view, PDF file)

Find out why the premier BCA analyst in the U.S. gives a 20 to 1 ratio (benefit over cost) for this NDRC project. Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman provides factual information regarding the BCA prepared by Dr. Ken Goettel demonstrating that expanded healthcare project in the NDRC application is overwhelmingly cost-effective.

Milliman is joined by Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Sociology instructor Skip Hunter, who provides a better understanding of Goettel’s research method. If you aren’t sure about the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods, Skip’s clarification may be very helpful.

After a recent public meeting in which the Port Commission discussed Goettel’s BCA in less than stellar terms, Community Conversations’ show host, Connie Hunter, continues to provide fair, balanced, factual, and credible commentary. Access to critically important healthcare is a fundamental human right and is cornerstone to a healthy community. Geottel’s work provides an understanding of how an emergency department with expanded healthcare services will benefit OUR community at large.

Click HERE to view or download Dr. Goettel’s Benefit Cost Analysis (PDF file).
Click HERE for al list of all Curry Coast Community Radio programs covering Brookings’ participation in the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Hosts: Connie Hunter, Skip Hunter, Producer: Connie Hunter, Recording tech: Justin Only, Sound editor: Justin Only


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Community Organizer: Project Go Pack

In this edition of Community Organizer, Jodi Hulbert and Scott Clapson from the Ford Leadership Institute Wild Rivers South Cohort discuss Project Go Project Go PackPack.

Jodi and Scott talk about their experience in the Ford Leadership Program, how their Cohort came to decide on this project through consensus, and how they are working on making these Emergency Go Packs a reality for our local elementary schools in Smith River, Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford.

It’s vital for all residents of the Oregon Coast to be prepared for a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Our youth are one of the most vulnerable segments of our population. It’s important that they be an integral part of our emergency preparedness planning.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: The Curry County Medical Reserve Corps

Curry County Medical Reserve CorpsAndy Stubbs, the volunteer Fire Captain at the Brookings Fire Department, talks with Scott Clapson, The Community Organizer, about The Curry County Medical Reserve Corps. During a natural disaster or other catastrophes medical facilities and healthcare professionals become overwhelmed in the area where the catastrophe occurs. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national registry of healthcare and emergency service professionals that was implemented after 9-11 to prepare and register these professionals so that in the event of a disaster it is easier to identify and organize people that can help.

Curry Community HealthAndy and Scott talk about the future Cascasdia Subduction Zone earthquake and the huge tsunami that will follow, and how we can prepare for this and other events.

As Andy points out during the interview, it’s one step at a time. Taking on disaster preparedness can be a daunting and scary process for some people. It doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of resources and people who are willing to help you prepare to protect yourself and your family. It all starts with education and being open to learning what we each can do to prepare. By everyone doing their part we will all better prepared.

Thank you to Andy Stubbs, The Medical Reserve Corps, and Curry Community Health for helping provide this excellent necessary program.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Conversations: Brookings City Update with City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

In another in-depth Community Conversations interview, Connie Hunter talks with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman following the May 11, 2015 City Council meeting about important issues and events affecting the City of Brookings.

Topics include:


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Community Conversations: Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman

In this latest edition of Community Conversations, Skip Hunter talks with Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman after a recent City of Brookings Council meeting, providing an in depth look at issues important to the Brookings community.

Topics include:

  • The future Brookings stand-alone emergency room
  • Annexation of property along the north bank of the Chetco River for a proposed 49-unit housing development
  • The Brookings fuel tax measure that will be on the May 19 ballot
  • Water and sewer infrastructure improvements at Brookings Airport

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Special Program: Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff Sheriff’s Patrol Ride-Along

Curry County Sheriff's DepartmentIn this special program, Curry Coast Community Radio’s Bryan Tillung and Connie Hunter use the occasion of Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff’s Sheriff’s Patrol ride-along to discuss the many challenges facing the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and how they relate to the public safety property tax measure that will appear on the May 16th ballot.

Participating in the discussion are Mayor Popoff, Curry County Sheriff John Ward, Operations Commander Lt. Mike Espinoza, and Deputy Jared Gray.


The opinions expressed here are those of the individual participants. Curry Coast Community Radio takes no position on any issues discussed in this program.


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Special Program: Public Safety Property Tax Levy Town Hall Meeting

Curry Coast Community Radio is pleased to provide this special public interest program.

On Saturday, March 21st, 2015, the Curry County Democratic Central Committee hosted a special town hall meeting in the Gold Beach City Council chambers. The purpose of the meeting was to help inform the voters of Curry County about the Sheriff’s Department property tax levy that will appear on the May 19 ballot.

Sheriff John Ward

Sheriff John Ward

Almost every seat was occupied as Curry County Sheriff John Ward and members of his command staff fielded a wide range of questions about Sheriff’s Department operations and the rationale for the public safety property tax levy, including patrol staffing levels and what happens if the jail is forced to close due to lack of funds.

The moderator is Carl King, Chair of the Curry County Democratic Central Committee. Fielding questions are Sheriff John Ward, Lieutenant Mike Espinoza, and Jail Commander Sergeant Joel Hensley.


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Curry Matters: Aaron Johnson of the Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Protection District

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Curry Matters’ Jan Barbas chats with Aaron Johnson, a volunteer firefighter at Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Protection District.  The interview begins with Aaron’s growing involvement with volunteerism and personal preparedness, and then moves on to talk about the exciting and challenging job of running a volunteer fire department.

This interview will give you a new appreciation for the dedicated men and women who serve our community as volunteer firefighters. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

And don’t miss the exciting end of the interview!


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