Brown: Record-breaking heat ‘harbinger of things to come’


Governor says minority and low income communities disproportionately impacted by emergencies

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Governor Kate Brown appeared on Face the Nation Sunday to talk about the recent, record-breaking heat as well as the state’s changes in policing.

When asked what needs to be done in the aftermath of the heat dome that took the lives of more than 100 Oregonians, Brown said the deadly weather event was a “harbinger of things to come.”

“We literally have had four emergency declarations in this state at the federal level since April of 2020,” Brown said Sunday. “What is really, really clear […] throughout these emergency events is that our communities of color, our low income families, are [both] disproportionately impacted. We have to center the voices of Black, and Brown, and Indigenous People, at the forefront of our work as we do emergency preparedness.”

Watch the full interview below

Officials say 64 people died as a result of the heat in Multnomah County. The victims range in age from 44 to 97 years old.

“It was horrific to see over 90 Oregonians lose their lives and we have to continue with our preparedness work. That includes working with our health partners that provide healthcare to vulnerable Oregonians to make sure that they understand that there are resources available, for example, to buy an air conditioner if they have certain underlying health conditions,” Brown said.

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