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In times of emergency, Salem area residents will be directed to this webpage for the latest information regarding flooding, road closures, evacuations, shelters, sandbag locations, and other important information.

Please report all flooding and storm concerns by calling Salem Public Works Dispatch @ 503-588-6333.

Disasters and emergencies do occur. Are you and your family prepared for the next one? Get a Kit! Make a Plan! Be informed! Get started by visiting the City's Emergency Management page. 

Do you have a smartphone? If you do, it should have a flashlight app on it. Very handy! And free! Spread the word!

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Are you ready for a disaster?
Ensure that you and your family are prepared in the event of disaster start with a:
    Red Cross Preparedness Calendar
    Living On Shaky Ground
    Red Cross Resource Guide
    Your Family Disaster Plan
    Power Line Outage 
    Preparing for Emergencies
    Sandbagging Techniques


 Emergency Number  9-1-1
 Public Works Dispatch  503-588-6333
 Police Non-Emergencies  503-588-6123
 Hotline  TBD
 Red Cross  503-585-5414

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Sand and Sandbags Available
Free sand and sandbags are available at:
  • Park and Ride Wallace Road NW and Brush College Road NW
  • Public Works Operations 1420 20th Street SE
  • Lowes, 1930 Turner Road SE


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The Community Action Agency has activated a Warming Center event scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, through 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Two locations are identified:
* The former O'Brian Auto Group BMW location - 770 Commercial Street NE
* First Christian Church - 685 Marion Street NE
Warm liquids (decaf coffee, tea, and bullion) will be served at both locations.

The Community Action Agency will continue to monitor weather conditions with emergency managers and may extend times depending on the forecast.

The Community Action Agency needs volunteers to support warming shelters at two locations:

The former DeLon BMW property at 770 Commercial Street NE, Salem Click here to register for the DeLon BMW site or go to

First Christian Church at 685 Marion Street NE, Salem Click here to register for First Christian Church or go to

Each site will have three shifts as follows:
Shift 1: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Shift 2: 11:15 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Shift 3: 3:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

For more information contact Amy Schroeder at Community Action Agency at or at 503-585-6232.

Currently open shelters:

* Union Gospel Mission--Men's shelter 345 Commercial Street NE, Salem. Phone: 503-362-3983.
* Lighthouse--Salvation Army Shelter 1901 Front Street NE, Salem. Phone: 503-585-6688. Shelter has limited availability (recommended to call beforehand).
* Venter's Warming Center--operated by a coalition of veteran's organizations - American Legion Post, 4774 Lilac Lane NE.

The City of Salem has two warming locations:

* Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, is open until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Center 50+ will be open Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Phone: 503-588-6303

* Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE. The library is open until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. It will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Phone: 503-588-6052.

Most Salem area malls can be utilized as warming locations while open.


 Press Releases

Salem Health Seeing a Rush of Patients, 1/11/2017 11:24 AM

At the Salem Health emergency department — the busiest ER in the state — patient visits were up by over 20 percent in the past week, according to chief nursing officer Sarah Horn. The spike in patients led to a record hospital census of 470 patients in need of beds at one point.

Most hospitals across Oregon are facing similar surges in patient visits due to the flu, respiratory illness and weather-related accidents.

"Despite our increase in volume at Salem Health, the Emergency Department staff and physicians have been working diligently to put processes in place to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community," said Horn.

If you have an illness or injury and need medical attention, here’s what to know before you come in so that you can get the fastest and most appropriate treatment. The Salem Health Emergency Department should be used in times of life-threatening illness or injury, such as:

·         Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath

·         Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure

·         Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness

·         Changes in vision

·         Confusion or changes in mental status

·         Any sudden or severe pain

·         Uncontrolled bleeding

·         Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

·         Coughing or vomiting blood

·         Suicidal or homicidal feelings

·         Stroke symptoms

For illness or injury that is not life-threatening, people should seek alternative methods of care, like Salem Health’s Convenient Care, primary care providers or nurse advice lines.

Salem Health has also implemented a temporary visitor restriction to protect patient safety. Only the people needed to give support to — and care for — patients should visit. No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed at any time. Individuals who are sick or have been in contact with someone who was sick should not visit.

Additionally, it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Use Caution Driving in Salem, 12/15/2016 8:09 AM

All City of Salem arterials have been plowed and sanded.  Most streets are in fair to good condition but covered with snow and ice.  Please use caution and allow extra time for travel.


Go to the EMERGENCIES page found in the upper right hand corner of

for the latest traffic information.

Chains Recommended in Salem, 12/14/2016 6:20 PM

Heavy snowfall is occurring in the Salem metropolitan area and expected to continue into the evening hours. Travel conditions are worsening on local streets and roadways that have accumulations of snow and ice. Motorists should try to avoid any unnecessary travel this evening. The City of Salem recommends that motorists that need to travel this evening, do so with the use of traction tires and/or traction devices, such as chains. This is strongly recommended for motorists driving in the West and South Salem hills.  Please install chains in your driveway, on a side street, or from a safe location out of active lanes of travel.

City of Salem Public Works crews will be plowing and sanding streets through the evening and overnight in an effort to improve driving conditions.


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