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Disinfecting PFDs 1 C. Switzer This question was posed to the Oregon State Marine Board's Boating Safety Education Coordinator, MariAnn McKenzie.  Here is the reply: "Unfortunately there is not a good answer to your question, safety vs. sanitized life jackets. Many are discussing that it is more important to have the life jackets out for use even though they cannot be sanitized after each use. Below are some guidelines and resources that were put together from Washington State for you to look at, but it will be up to your agency to make the decision to have life jackets kiosks closed or open to the public. If you decide to keep the kiosk open, one option may be to put a sign on the kiosk(s) warning people that the life jackets have not be sanitized after each use with regards to COVID, use at their own risk.Here is information and resources to help you plan your life jacket loaner stations this summer in light of Covid-19. Thank you to Public Health Seattle and King County, Washington State Department of Health/Safe Kids Washington, Seattle Parks Aquatics, Washington State Parks Boating Program and Safe Kids Snohomish County for their assistance in identifying resources that may be helpful. We will continue to share information as updates are made at the local, state or national level.The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control have noted viruses that behave similar to COVID-19 remain infectious on surfaces for a period of 3 to 4 days. However, factors such as temperature, humidity and ventilation can affect that time period.The Sea Tow Foundation has provided some general cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for  cleaning life jackets. Life Jacket Association recommends: If you think your product has been exposed to a virus, clean as recommended by the manufacturer and then let dry in a warm, low humidity environment for at least 72 hours before reuse. If you plan to close your life jacket loaner station:The CDC has noted that time should kill the virus. However, the life jackets must be dry before being stored. Consider using gloves and a mask when removing and storing the life jackets. We have provided one example of a sign (attached) you can use to place at your empty loaner station notifying the public that the life jackets were temporarily removed for public health reasons.If you have the resources to follow the sanitizing process and plan to loan life jackets:The Life Jacket Association has recommendations about how best to clean and disinfect life jackets being used at a loaner station. Detailed instructions can be found by visiting their website. As always, this is a good time to share information about the importance of wearing life jackets and other water safety tips.For more information about life jacket loaner programs, visit: Seattle Children’s Drowning Prevention and Water Safety website: Washington State Parks and Recreation Boating Program Life Jacket Loaner website:" Attached is an example sign if choosing to close the lifejacket loaner program. Contact MariAnn for more information:MariAnn McKenzieBoating Safety Education Coordinator435 Commercial St. NE #400Salem, OR
by A. Parsons
Monday, July 20, 2020
Do you have an RV Park/Campground and/or sanitization supplies? 0 A. Parsons The Office of Emergency Management is seeking information regarding public campground and space availability as well as assessing the current availability of sanitization supplies in Oregon.   Please take a moment to complete their survey:      We have a call to action to those who can supply and meet the below needs for our populations experiencing homelessness, traveling in Recreational Vehicles (RVs), trailers, or living in vehicles. It is imperative that all Oregonians have access to basic hygiene measures such as handwashing. The provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting public health and human rights during the COVID-19 outbreak. Survey:
by A. Parsons
Monday, April 13, 2020
News Release: ODFW Closes Hunting & Fishing to non-residents 0 A. Parsons NEWS RELEASE Oregon Fish and Wildlife   Contact: Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748,   April 9, 2020   Oregon closes recreational hunting and fishing to non-residents to limit travel amid COVID-19 restrictions Regulation takes effect Friday night (April 10)   SALEM, Ore.— ODFW is closing recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to concerns about travel to Oregon to participate in these outdoor activities. Such travel could spread the virus and put more of a burden on Oregon’s rural communities.   As of Friday 11:59 p.m., non-residents may no longer participate in these activities in Oregon. The restriction extends until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is deemed safe to travel into Oregon. This order does not apply to anyone living in Oregon for less than six months who has not yet established residency.    Some states, including Washington, have closed hunting and fishing to limit the spread of the virus. While seasons remain open in Oregon (except for Columbia River salmon/steelhead fishing), resident hunters and anglers should not be traveling to participate. ODFW is hearing concerns from rural communities about people visiting to hunt and fish and placing additional burdens on these communities’ limited resources.   “Rural communities are concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 on medical and emergency services, search and rescue and their citizens. Some have asked us to close seasons to reduce travel,” said ODFW Director Curt Melcher. “We would like to keep seasons open to give locals an outlet during this difficult time, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to travel to these communities. Stick close to home and fish at your local lake, pond or river and do not go crabbing or clamming unless you live on the coast, and then only to places where access is still open.”   ODFW monitoring has shown that while Oregonians are still participating in fisheries, clamming, shed hunting, and wildlife viewing it is in significantly lower numbers and that the majority of participants are doing it close to home and practicing social distancing. “We appreciate that many Oregonians are taking the Stay Home, Save Lives order seriously,” added Melcher.   ODFW field staff monitoring participation in the field have seen out of state license plates and out of state angling and shellfish licenses in use. Staff are also fielding numerous calls from non-residents inquiring about plans to come to Oregon to hunt or fish.   “ODFW believes this action restricting non-residents will help local communities enforce the restrictions on out-of-state travelers violating the order, and putting local resources and residents at risk,” said Melcher. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding at this difficult time and look forward to seeing you outdoors again in the future when this passes.”   ODFW anticipates there will be opportunity for non-residents who have already purchased a 2020 license to participate in hunting, fishing or shellfish opportunities later in the year. ODFW will refund non-resident spring bear and spring turkey tags and reinstate preference points for spring bear hunters. Please contact Licensing at, (503) 947-6101 to arrange for a refund.   Non-residents interested in applying for a fall controlled hunt may still apply online at and the deadline to apply remains May 15, 2020.   Oregon residents who do choose to hunt, fish, crab or clam are reminded to: Stay close to home rather than traveling far. The Governor’s Executive Order says hunting and fishing are OK, but to limit travel. Practice social distancing and stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live in your immediate household, including when outdoors. Check access where you are headed as the area may be closed. State Parks are closed, counties have closed some parks and boat ramps, beach access is closed in some areas and national forests and BLM lands have closed recreation sites. Stay home if you are sick. Carry needed supplies with you to minimize non-essential stops—including buying your license/tag online instead of making a trip to a license sale agent if possible and bringing all needed food, water and sanitization supplies with you.
by A. Parsons
Friday, April 10, 2020

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