On July 10, I attended the Water Crisis Roundtable Forum at Salem Electric, which was organized by Rep. Paul Evans.
Although I do not live in Salem, (but in Monmouth), I grew deeply concerned during the recent Salem water crisis about our local community's ability to manage a crisis or natural disaster that impacted not only our water supply, but our transportation, power access, etc.
I was very impressed by the event that Rep. Evans organized. There was a panel of experts that not only discussed Salem's response to the water crisis, but tips for preparing for future potential disasters, including the possibility of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
I left with valuable knowledge and reassurance about our local community emergency response teams and other emergency officials. Most of all, I was reminded of why I have continued to put my support behind Rep. Evans.
He is a dedicated leader who has the concerns of our community at heart. He did a strong job facilitating the expert panel and assuring that all citizens' voices present were heard and respected. The information shared was valuable to all who attended.
Originally Published 5:15 p.m. PDT July 17, 2018
Reprinted from the Statesman Journal on June 20th