Governor Brown today declared a state of emergency in Oregon due to severe winter storm conditions. 

January 11, 2017

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Bryan Hockaday, 503-580-7836

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Oregon Due to Severe Winter Storm Conditions

(Salem, OR) — Governor Brown today declared a state of emergency in Oregon due to severe winter storm conditions. This declaration comes at the request of local officials and is based on the recommendations of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

"As snow continues to accumulate and local authorities respond to provide core services and clear roadways, all available state resources will be made available to ensure the safety of communities throughout Oregon," Governor Brown said. “I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities, and avoid travel while ODOT crews clear roads and work to restore core services."

Governor Brown directed OEM to coordinate the deployment of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and the Oregon National Guard to Oregon support to local communities needing assistance.

OEM will facilitate the access and use of state resources, personnel, and equipment to protect communities, property, and the environment, and aid in the recovery from issues related to the recent of series of severe winter storms. Governor Brown verbally issued the state of emergency that is in effect for 30 days, unless terminated sooner by the Governor.

The Office of Emergency Management will continue to provide regular updates, which will be made available here: ttp://

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