A $20,000 grant will help care for the babies and toddlers of Cannon Beach in a tsunami.

The City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 4, voted to accept the grant on behalf of the Cannon Beach Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer group designed to help with medical needs during an emergency.

The Medical Reserve Corps applied for the grant earlier this year through the Northwest Oregon Health Preparedness Organization, a state-funded organization that coordinates emergency planning for regional hospitals, public health, county emergency management, emergency medical services and other agencies.

The group of 23 local volunteer surgeons, nurses, counselors and other health care specialists plan to use the money to buy pediatric supplies for infants to 3-year-olds, such as diapers, flexible pop-up cribs and powdered baby formula.

“We knew we didn’t have supplies for infants and children, and they are really vulnerable in an emergency situation,” said Lila Wickham, the group’s coordinator.

The grant should cover the needs of about 85 children for two weeks, Wickham said. This number is based on the 67 children under the age of 3 known to live in Cannon Beach, as well as 25 percent more to account for an influx in the visitor population during the summer.

“We were really pleased to hear about the grant. It was a major priority for us,” Wickham said.


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