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The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in September 2011, 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

The EAS test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and is made available to EAS participants including radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

The WEA test message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. It allows customers whose wireless provider participates in WEA and who own a WEA compatible wireless phone to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration. The national WEA test will use the same special tone and vibration.

The WEA test will be sent through IPAWS, as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should receive the message once.

Receiving preparedness tips and timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA and our partners are working to ensure alerts and warnings are received quickly through several different technologies, no matter whether an individual is at home, at school, at work, or out in the community. The FEMA App, which can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices, is one way to ensure receiving both preparedness tips and weather alerts of your choice. Download the FEMA App today at

More information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at


New flashing beacon and concrete island refuge to be installed

Starting on Monday, August 27, a contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will begin a project that improves safety at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the Safeway on U.S. 30. Crews will be constructing a new crosswalk that includes a flashing beacon and concrete island refuge.

The crosswalk is located just east of the intersection of OR 47 and U.S. 30. Not only will a flashing beacon and island refuge be installed, new curbs, sidewalk and American Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps will also be constructed.   In addition, the project includes permanent signing and pavement markings.

Construction begins at 8 a.m. on August 27 with work scheduled weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During construction, there will be periodic lane closures with flaggers controlling two-way traffic. Travelers can expect delays.

Work is expected to be completed by November 30.


The City of Clatskanie will host a public meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7 pm in the Birkenfeld Theater located in the Clatskanie Cultural Center.  Representatives from Skatelite will present their concept designs for the new ramps to be constructed for the City’s Skate Park.  Public input on the designs is being sought in order for the City to move forward with a new design.  All are welcome! 




Clatskanie has been described as a “Norman Rockwell” picturesque small city nestled in green hills and valleys on the coastal range in northwest Oregon.  Our population within the city limits is approximately 1,800, but we consider the community outside those limits to be a valuable asset as well.


Clatskanie is a strong, independent community with small town values and support.  Some good examples of this strength are:

·       In the early 1960's, the community recognized a need for a swimming pool.  There had been four youths taken in tragic drownings that summer in the rivers.  This community pulled together, raised funds, and through volunteer efforts built a safe and well maintained community pool.

·         Several years ago, the community decided it needed a new library.  Again with local donations and volunteer labor a wonderful library is available.

·         Three years ago, the community recognized the need to promote a drug-free community and supported a K-9 project with local donations that resulted in purchasing a trained drug dog.  This project has been extremely successful.


Clatskanie sponsors a wonderful 4th of July celebration that dates back over 100 years.  Also during the month of August our city park is filled during the Blue Grass Festival and Quilt show and again during the Blues Festival.


Clatskanie also has over 70 miles of wonderful calm water in the Clatskanie River and adjacent sloughs for kayaking.  Our city park has a walking trail and is a jewel in the center of our city.


These are just a few examples of the strength, purpose and desirability of our community.  Please visit us if you are in the vicinity.  We would love to meet you.


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Nehalem St
Clatskanie OR 97016

Upcoming Events



Planning Commission Wednesday September 26th, 2018;  7 pm, in the Council Chambers
Skate Park ramp design public meeting; Wednesday October 2nd, 7pm in the Birkenfeld Theater
City Council Meeting. Wednesday October 3rd, 2018; 7pm in the Council Chambers
Household Hazard Waste Collection Day; Saturday Ooctober 6th, 8am - noon; Clatskanie City Park

Bulletin Board

Scout Lake is CLOSED.  Reminder there is no Hunting allowed