PENDLETON - Residents in west Umatilla and north Morrow counties soon will find a 2002 Emergency Information Calendar in their mailboxes.

It's produced and distributed each year by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.

"Great photos, dates of fun community events and easy to understand information on how to be prepared for possible emergencies; this is something that everyone will want to hang on their wall," said Cheryl Humphrey, Umatilla County CSEPP public information officer.

The cover features a sunset shot of the Columbia River taken by Jesse Seigal. Each month showcases a local setting and offers helpful tips on how to be prepared for a variety of emergencies that could happen in this area, including a chemical emergency at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

The calendar also contains a map and written descriptions of the CSEPP emergency planning zones, information on sheltering in-place, wildfires, earthquakes and more. The information is printed in both Spanish and English.

New area residents can request their free tone alert radio or free shelter in-place kit using the mailback card inside the calendar. Area clubs and businesses can use this same card to request a presentation from a CSEPP staff member.

"The first 18,000 plus calendars should begin arriving in mailboxes on Dec. 24," Humphrey said. "It should take approximately a week for all to be delivered."

Anyone who hasn't received a calendar by Jan. 5 may pick one up at either their local city hall, post office or the Umatilla Chemical Disposal Outreach Office at 190 E. Main St. in Hermiston.

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