For EWEB, preparing for harsh winter storms is a year-round responsibility. While we can’t control the weather, we can make our electric infrastructure more resilient to withstand storms that bring snow, ice and wind to Eugene.Find Out More
Imagine if heavy snowfall and freezing rain hit Eugene this winter. Imagine damaged trees, road closures and widespread power outages. What would you do?Find Out More
Hundreds of landowners in the McKenzie River valley are working with EWEB to prevent future fires and protect the river by replanting burned properties and removing fuels like dead trees and underbrush.Find Out More
When access to pad mount transformers, cable, and smart meter chips tightened, EWEB only had one choice – double down on its core values, provide safe and reliable electricity. Below are the stories from EWEB staff about how they have navigated the ups and downs of this new frontier.Find Out More
EWEB’s electric safety trailer is an interactive tool for the public to learn how to react in a potentially dangerous situation.Find Out More
Laura Farthing has been working for EWEB for the past 14 years. She’s the lead engineer on EWEB’s water storage construction project near E. 40th and Patterson St.Find Out More
EWEB used the tactic of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for the first time to mitigate the risk of wildfires.Find Out More
EWEB held a grand opening event for our Emergency Water Station near the Sheldon Fire Station on Saturday, September 10. The site would supply drinking water for the neighborhood in the event of a catastrophic earthquake or other disaster that cut off water to customers.Find Out More
This unique opportunity to reduce the infrastructure footprint and maintenance costs will also improve wildfire mitigation because less infrastructure means less chance of ignition or damage from a fire.Find Out More
We are working to ensure our systems are ready to perform through extreme heat. Check out tips and resources to help you stay safe and comfortable while conserving energy.Find Out More
EWEB’s Board of Commissioners approved the utility’s first Wildfire Mitigation Plan during the July 5 Board meeting.Find Out More
Using fireworks near power lines could lead to a fire, explosion, power outage or downed line.Find Out More
EWEB will continue the annual closure of our College Hill Reservoir over the Fourth of July holiday and prohibit fireworks on the property grounds.Find Out More
It's called an FUV, a fun utility vehicle. And we are so having FUN! We are proud to have a small fleet of electric vehicles. Two to be exact.Find Out More
On June 18, with the help of community neighbors, EWEB inaugurated a new emergency water station at the Lane County Fairgrounds.Find Out More
The coronavirus outbreak has forced many of us to take stock (pun intended) of our personal emergency preparedness efforts and understand if we are truly ready to be self-sufficient for an extended period of time.
Whether it's an ice storm, pandemic or other emergency, one thing all disasters have in common is the opportunity to learn and improve, so that we are better prepared for the next major event.
Here are just a few lessons we can take from the coronavirus crisis:
Lesson #1: When we are not prepared at home, we put ourselves and others in harm's way.
The coronavirus showed us how quickly grocery stores can run out of supplies under "panic buying" conditions, leaving many without sufficient food, toiletries, medicines, and other necessities. And the highly contagious nature of the virus means that every run to the store puts ourselves and others at risk of exposure.
Having emergency supplies for your household means you can hunker down and keep your family and others in our community safe. And in the event of a natural disaster like an earthquake, prepared residents allow emergency responders to focus limited resources on injured and other vulnerable populations.
Lesson #2: Smart emergency preparedness means thinking big picture.
It's safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic took many by surprise and evolved rapidly. The past weeks have shown that emergencies can take many forms, and can even strike at the same time. For example, Idaho was hit with a magnitude 6.5 earthquake just this week. There were no reports of significant damage or injuries, but it was an important reminder that COVID-19 is not the only risk we face.
True resiliency means developing the capacity to be ready for a variety of events.
Lesson #3: Being prepared is good for mental health and well-being.
The constant barrage of COVID-19 news can be scary and overwhelming. We worry about the safety of our loved ones, stress over bills, and feel unsettled about the future.
Being more self-reliant through events like this not only helps us manage risk, but also give us greater feelings of calm and control in a time when so much seems uncertain.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of preparing your home and family for a natural disaster, or just unsure where to begin, join EWEB's Pledge to Prepare and you'll have support every step of the way. When you sign-up, you'll receive a monthly email with step-by-step recommendations to help prepare yourself, your home and your family for an emergency, and have the chance to win useful emergency supplies each month. Learn more and sign up at eweb.org/pledge.
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