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Coos County officials say there are limited resources to respond to major disaster

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COQUILLE, Ore. -- An audit of state and local emergency management efforts shows Oregon is not prepared for a catastrophic disaster.

Several disaster preparedness seminars have been held in Coos County in recent years.

But local emergency officials say there are limited financial and human resources to respond to a major disaster.

They say the biggest challenge in a tsunami-like disaster would be transportation to the coast.

"You're not gonna be able to use the ports because they just got destroyed by the tsunami; you're not gonna have good roads and bridges because they all got damaged by the earthquake, so it's going to be really hard to bring resources in and that’s where we're focusing a lot of thought and energy into - trying to figure out how to get around those kinds of problems," said Coos County Emergency Manager Michael Murphy.

Murphy has a few suggestions about how to prepare for the big one.

"Training, and then gather up some supplies - personal supplies to take care of yourself. Oregon says two weeks. It's going to make your life a lot better if you have some basic supplies to help you cope until things get back to some semblance of normalcy."

The county's website has more information on emergency preparedness.

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