211info has provided Oregon with a much needed one stop shop number to report tsunami debris. The 211 service, which must be turned on by phone companies, has been activated along the Oregon coast. However, some areas still need to use the back-up number provided by 211info, which is 1-800-safenet.
Matt Kinsella, Communications Director of 211info said the 211 number is working on the vast majority of the coast but they had enough foresight and experience to know that things don’t always go as planned, so they have a back-up number which is 1-800-safenet.
A network of 32 drop-off sites on the Oregon coast are now ready to receive beach debris washing ashore from the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. The drop-off sites are free and are a combination of state parks and independent recycling and transfer stations located in every county. Some of the sites include Cape Lookout in Tillamook, Devils Lake, in Lincoln City, Beverly Beach, and South Beach, in Newport, and Beachside, 3 miles south of Waldport.
General Mike Caldwell, who was appointed as head of the Governor’s Task Force on Tsunami Debris cleanup commented that the possible tsunami debris washing up on our shores may continue for months or even years. He added the 211/1-800safenet service is going to be very helpful in reporting and tracking this debris. Anyone who finds unusual, large, or debris with Japanese writing is encouraged to call 211 or 1-800 safenet to report it.
The drop-off sites will accept debris in official beach cleanup bags produced by SOLVE. Beach clean-up bags are available at state park campgrounds. Any debris with living organisms, should be reported with a photo if possible, location and date then moved above high tide or removed from the beach, bagged and delivered to a drop-off site. Never move organisms to another body of water. This will reduce the threat of invasive species.
All tsunami debris reports may be submitted by email along with location, date and photo if possible to beach.debris@ state. or. us.