Useful Websites



Library2Go provides free online access to downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and movies with use of your Coastline library card. After clicking on the link below, click on Digital Library in the top menu then choose


Project Gutenberg is the most well-known site with complete books, most of which are older English-language literary works.
Online Books links to over 17,000 fulltext books online, listed by author, title, or subject, with a “Features” category for themes such as Banned Books or Prize Winners.
Baen Free Library, a Baen Books website, provides links to over 100 full text fantasy and science fiction books made available by permission of the authors.
Also see READY REFERENCE category for links to and Internet Public Library for more online fulltext books. includes the complete Harvard Classics and several poetry anthologies, while Internet Public Library links to hundreds of fulltext books, categorized by Dewey Decimal categories.


Powell’s Books in Portland is a major bookstore for new and used books.
ABE Books lets you sort by lowest price, newest edition, or alphabetically by author.
Better World Books “collects and sells books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide, with social and environmental responsibility at the core of [their] business.”
Bookfinder is a good finding site for used books.
Amazon is a popular website for new or used books, audiobooks, and movies. Choose the Books department, or go to for the books-focused webpage with Advanced Search option.


Fantastic Fiction is a terrific website for finding lists of an author’s books, clearly divided by series or continuing characters and stand-alone novels. Also shows forthcoming titles, series contributed to, links to websites, and books recommended by the author. The only catch is that it’s a British site, so sometimes the titles are for the British edition of a book, or the first publication date you see is for the U.K. (not the U.S.!).
The KDL What’s Next Database from Kent District Library helps you look up the next book in a series or check the order of books in a series. You can search by the series name, a book title, or the author’s name, or browse by age category or genre.
The American Library Association (ALA) Book, Print, and Media Awards page gives an “A to Z” of links to all the awards given by ALA Divisions for books, films, magazines, websites, and online research resources for different age groups or celebrating different kinds of people. Look here for titles that teams of librarians have decided were the best in their category for that year.
ALA Media Awards
The Browse Books web page from the bookseller Barnes and Noble allows you to find authors and titles in specific fiction genres.
Web Sites for Book Lovers is a page of many links put together by staff at Morton Grove Public Library. It includes links to websites with book reviews, booklists (including series lists), book discussion guides, connections to booksellers and publishers, online books, genre fiction websites, literary awards, and more.
Stop, You’re Killing Me is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.
Oregon Authors provides access to information and resources about authors living in Oregon.


TBABS, or Talking Books and Braille Services, is a federally-funded free service for print-disabled Oregonians. Books and magazines in audio or braille format can be borrowed through use of large print, audio format, Braille, or online catalogs. Special equipment is loaned and repaired free by TBABS. Take a look at the Patron Handbook link at left on the website, or Registering for Service and Extended Services categories, as well as other links for full awareness of services available. Alternatively, contact Irene with the Coos County Library Service District Outreach Program, 541-888-7273, to inquire about this service.


Internet Movie Database is a great place for finding information about movies, actors and actresses, characters, plots, and movie quotes searchable by keyword.
Go to DVD Talk for news and reviews on movies released to DVD and Blu-ray, across all kinds of interests. You’ll find all kinds of goodies here.
The Motion Picture Association of America rates the majority of films released in the United States. Go to their online guide to learn about their ratings. Click on “Find a film rating” to search for an individual film rating.
Commonsense Media “rates and review thousands of movies, tv shows, songs, books, video games, apps, and websites.” Their mission is to provide “trustworthy information and tools as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.”
Looking for lyrics? Want to know more about a singer or songwriter? You’ll love SongFacts. A treasure of legal access to songs and lyrics, and delicious music trivia.

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Oregon DMV (Driver and Motor Vehicles) web site has information on obtaining Oregon driver and ID cards, on insurance and accidents, license plates, and more. Click on Forms and Publications for downloadable text or audio versions of the driver manuals for cars and trucks (in English or Spanish language), commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles.
Kelley Blue Book estimates prices of used cars and trucks. It also gives prices for new cars and trucks, reviews by its editors, and other resources for buying, selling, or researching these vehicles.
Edmunds is another popular site for calculating prices on used cars and trucks, or finding prices and reviews for new ones. Reviews are written by Edmunds editors.
NADA Guides provides “free used vehicle pricing and information,” not only on new and used cars and trucks similarly to KBB and Edmunds, but also specifically on classic cars, motorcycles & other powersports vehicles, boats, RVs, and manufactured homes.
Car and Driver website provides new car reviews, car test information, and specifications.
The Cars section of gives new car reviews as well as other advice.
The EPA’s Fuel Economy website provides gas mileage in its Fuel Economy Guide.
The Car Talk website gives advice on buying and maintaining vehicles, plus their picks for best and worst gas mileage on new vehicles.
Links to car owner’s manuals online.
Crash Test Results.
The RideATVOregon website provides ATV Online Safety Training. Successful completion of the training and test fulfills requirements for an ATV Education Card. This card will be required beginning January 2009 for youth 15 years of age or younger operating a Class I (ATV or quad) or Class III (dirt bike) for recreation on public lands as well as adults supervising these youth. Each year the requirements will extend to more age groups.

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Clubs & Organizations in the bay area with contact information and meeting times can be found on the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Coos Historical and Maritime Museum provides information about the museum and its collections. Click on its Collection and Resources tab, then on “timeline” to see historical information about the area listed chronologically, or on “other sites” for links to other historical websites. Click on the 2nd link below for Historical and Genealogical Research Sources for Oregon’s south coast. provides historical and genealogical information about Coquille, Myrtle Point, and Coos County, and links to historical museums in Coos County. This very attractive website includes information not easily accessible elsewhere, such as indexes to some local history publications.
Myrtle Point newspapers including Myrtle Point Herald, Myrtle Point Enterprise, and Southern Coos County American, have been digitized and are now available and searchable, with dates ranging from about 1899, along with earlier miscellaneous issues, and some even earlier fragments, up to 2010. The articles are in pdf format, best viewed using Adobe Reader. This online access to the newspapers was made possible with generous financial support from the Coquille Valley Genealogy Club, The Coos County Cultural Coalition, the Floyd Ingram Memorial Fund, and individual donors.
Southern Oregon History Collection is an online library of books, early booster brochures, oral histories (transcriptions and narratives), maps, letters, event programs, government documents, and other materials from Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine Counties.
The Oregon Encyclopedia is an online compendium of information about Oregon history and culture.
Oregon Community Profiles contain basic information for travelers and researchers about incorporated Oregon communities, including population, employment, economics, education facilities and infrastructure.

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Learn to use a mouse: Skillful Seniors Mouse Tutorial
Free Online Learning from the Goodwill Community Foundation: Self-paced lessons, activities and videos to build computer skills, English language and reading skills, and math skills.
Teach Parents Tech website has several one-minute videos on basic computer use, Internet, email and more. The videos can be viewed on the website or emailed.

These websites provide reviews of computer and software products.

PC World
PC Magazine

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The Better Business Bureau reports on companies and charities.
The Charities Database on the Oregon Department of Justice website can be searched to find information about charities located in Oregon. The Department of Justice “urges donors to make wise giving decisions” about organizations requesting donations.
CUB Connects provides information about Internet, landline telephone, and cellphone options available throughout Oregon. Service plans are explained through plan guides and are searchable by zip code or directory. The Citizen’s Utility Board is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization representing residential utility customers in Oregon. and NCPW provide advice about consumer awareness as well as links to consumer resources, with tips and information from federal and state government agencies as well as non-profit partner organizations. Though NCPW highlights National Consumer Protection Week, the resources are good year-round.
Consumer Search, owned by, provides access to product reviews by “scouring the Internet and print publications for comparative reviews and other information sources about the product.” is an “online neighborhood of hundreds of helpful experts, eager to share their wealth of knowledge with vistors.”
Epinions, a service of, provides product evaluations as well as personalized recommendations and criticisms posted by consumers using the website.
ContactHelp provides phone numbers for companies that can be hard to reach, as well as shortcuts to live persons. User comments and ratings may be included. Get2Human provides secret phone numbers and extensions to immediately reach an actual, live person on the line for customer service at nearly 1000 major companies. Choose to see the full list or search to find a company by part of its name or industry.


Multnomah County Library Homework Center features websites, booklists, online tutors, videos and other resources to best support student learning and achievement. Included are videos, graphics and print-ready research and information literacy tip sheets for educators. The site is accessible through computers, tablets and smart phones. Some of the resources included are restricted to those with a Multnomah County library card.
Oregon Home Education Network is an “inclusive, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Oregon’s homeschooling families” through workshops, helplines, recreational activities, a website with resources, and legislative action.
OCEANetwork is a Christian homeschool network providing workshops, connections, and a website with resources and reports on legislation affecting Christian homeschoolers.
College Navigator provides free information about colleges and universities, searchable by program, degree, price, selectivity, distance from home, school size, extended learning opportunities, and athletics programs. Provided by National Center for Education Statistics, a government website.
NCES also provides information about K-12 public and private schools.

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Coos County Elections Department
Oregon Elections Department
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlets online, from 1995 to most current election.
Project Vote Smart is a nonpartisan organization providing “accurate, unbiased” election information.

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City of North Bend website.
Coos County government website.
The State of Oregon website has links to state agencies’ websites and to many online resources and forms published by the state.
Fishing and hunting regulations are available on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
OregonHelps is a simple tool individuals and families can use to find out, quickly and privately, what assistance they may be eligible for. Thirty-three federal, state, and local services are included.
Local Helps Connection connects individual or family needs to appropriate helping agencies or organizations, whether the needs are physical (food, housing, etc.), mental, and spiritual. The Resource Directory can be searched alphabetically, or narrowed down to city and sub-categories.
OregonLawHelp provides free legal information for low-income Oregonians, in English and Spanish. The site includes links to Legal Aid offices and services, plus legal information on subjects related to housing (including rights and duties of landlords and tenants), families, consumer rights and credit, government benefits, disability, workers, seniors, and protection from abuse.
Family Law forms for divorce and custody from Oregon Judicial Department.
Landlord and tenant information can be found on the Oregon Law Help website above, and the Coos County Courts page provides Residential Eviction information and forms.
Parenting Grandchildren and other relatives resources and legal information is available through the OSU Extension Service’s Family and Community Health website.
State Local Government Net links to state, local, and tribal websites as well as several state-government related agency, association, and statistics sites.
Oregon Policy Directory can be used to identify groups that report on or influence public policy-making in Oregon and visit their sites directly. The directory is organized by thirty topical categories and is searchable by keyword or phrase.
For national policy, see the American Policy Directory.
The House of Representatives site is best for member information and legislative activities, including the current status and text of bills and laws.
The Senate site is similar to the House site but focuses on Senate members & activities.
The Thomas website provided by the Library of Congress is an additional way to search for legislative information.
The White House site has information on current and past Presidents, Vice Presidents, first ladies, etc. is the best starting place for federal government services and databases, especially for links to agencies, laws and regulations, federal forms, and federal statistics.
Access GPO connects to online equivalents of published government documents such as the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Federal Register, and more.
COPYRIGHT, PATENTS, AND TRADEMARKS. provides FAQs and tutorials on copyright law; their Copyright Basics booklet focuses on the essentials. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website offers information as well as links to other resources on those topics.
Factfinder is a relatively friendly way to look at census data.
FindLaw for the Public is a commercial website that provides additional links to legal information, such as Find A Lawyer.

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Jobs in Oregon shows any jobs publicized through the Oregon Employment Department.
State government jobs are also accessible through the Employment Department site.
FedWorld publicizes federal government jobs.

Also see NEWS category for links to local newspapers for viewing classified ads.Job Podcasts on a variety of topics from job searching, resumes, and interviewing to motivation, networking, self-employment, and more, provided by Fairfield (Connecticut) Public

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Multnomah County Library’s Kids page is an award-winning site with great stuff for kids and the grownups who care for them.
Great Websites for Kids features outstanding resources selected by the Association for Library Service to Children.
PBS Kids is a great destination for learning fun, including online games and video as well as activities you can do at home away from the computer, all tied to your favorite PBS programs.
Starfall provides engaging ways for kids to learn phonics.
BookHive offers kids’ own book reviews and more fun connections to books from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. is a website created by author James Patterson to help adults find books that kids are more likely to enjoy. Mrs. Simpkins, our Children’s Librarian, calls it a truly excellent website!
Guys Read was launched by the author Jon Scieszka to connect boys of all ages with books, magazines, and comics relevant to them.

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Coastline – Coos County Library Network Online Catalog.
North Bend Public Library
Coos Bay Public Library.
Worldcat, “the world’s largest library catalog”, connects you to the collections of more than 10,000 medium to large libraries worldwide. The libraries of Coos County are not included so if you find a title that interests you, be sure to also check Coastline. For titles not in Coastline, we may have other items on the subject or by the author that will substitute. If not, titles can be suggested for purchase (if new or high demand), or requested on interlibrary loan for a $3 fee.
Library of Congress website has a link for their catalog, as well as to the colorful and informative virtual collections: American Memory, Exhibitions, American Folklife Center, and more.

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Mapquest provides free printable road and neighborhood maps searchable by address, business name, or type of business.
USGS Map Locator and Downloader can be used to find and download or order topographical maps. On USGS website, click on “Map Locator and Downloader” at right. The locator can be searched by address or place name.
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) can be searched by the name of a populated place (city, subdivision, park, bridge, etc.) and provides latitude and longitude and other map coordinates. It also has a link to a foreign geographic name website.
University of Texas Library presents an extensive collection of Internet map resources available on the Internet. Categories include: Cartographic Reference, City Map Sites, Country Map Sites, Historical Map Sites, State and Weather Map Sites.
Road conditions, Oregon.
Road conditions, California.
Road conditions, Idaho.
Road conditions, Washington.
Background Notes, from the U.S. Department of State, provides facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent countries, as well as some dependencies and sovereignties.
Airport codes.
Flight Tracker allows you to find status of flights to and from major airports by flight number or by city and departure time.
Alaska and Horizon Airlines.
Northwest Airlines.
Expedia is a popular website for researching and booking flight, hotel, car rental, or cruise reservations.
Orbitz Airlines is another popular site for airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, and travel deals.
Travelocity is another popular website for booking various kinds of travel reservations.

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Cover Oregon is “a central marketplace where Oregon individuals and employers can shop for health insurance plans and access financial assistance to help pay for coverage. It serves as a one-stop resource that makes it easy to find the plan for your unique needs.” It is Oregon’s access point to the Affordable Care Act provisions that began January 2014, and has links to other information about those provisions. is the federal website providing helpful and user-friendly information about the health care law and its benefits.
MedlinePlus (once known as Grateful Med) has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 500 diseases and conditions. National Institute of Mental Health focuses on paving the way for understanding, prevention, recovery, and cure of mental health disorders.
Clinical Trials website.
HerbMed gives information about herbs used for health.
Food and Nutrition Information Center.
AARP Health Information.
Quackwatch, your guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions.
AMA’s Doctor Finder.
American Board of Medical Specialists, Who’s Certified page.
Oregon Board of Medical Examiners website can be searched by doctor name to check the doctor’s standing. Click on Licensee Lookup.
Health Services in Oregon links to sites where you can find health services in Oregon. It includes links to license verification for doctors and other health professionals, directories that list health and human services in Oregon, information and referral services for Oregonians, and more.
Health Grades gives free ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies; however, other information included on the site is only available for a charge.
Advance directive form used in Oregon and information about this form. An advance directive is used to appoint a personal health representative to make medical decisions for you when you’re not able to do so.
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. The link below is to the “By Illness” section. To join discussion groups that allow persons dealing with mental health issues to communicate with others with common concerns, click on “Online Communities” at left on any NAMI page.
The American Psychological Association provides information on a variety of topics such as Alzheimer’s, bullying, eating disorders, and workplace issues.
Chemical Safety web page, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, links to chemical databases which contain information on the acute and chronic health effects of being exposed to a myriad number of hazardous chemicals, with precautions and recommended protective equipment.
Oregon Insurance Division’s Get Help website links to health, long-term care, auto, homeowner/renter, and life insurance information, with downloadable consumer guides. Their SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) program website contains very useful Oregon-specific information on Medicare options and plans. The NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) provides a comprehensive Shopper’s Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance.

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MONEY is the official site to get a free credit report on your own name once every 12 months from each of the three nationwise consumer credit reporting companies.
CNN Money has a variety of current financial information and links. has personal finance advice and tools.
Inflation Calculator.
Morningstar is especially good for mutual fund quotes and ratings.
Search Big Charts by ticker symbol or name for stock prices, charts, and historical quotes.
Search NASDAQ for stock and mutual fund quotes traded on the Nasdaq, NYSE, and other stock exchanges. Enter up to 10 ticker symbols at one time.
The SEC’s Edgar database has financial reports for publicly traded companies.
IRS website contains federal tax forms and publications and tax information.
Oregon Department of Revenue website.
State Tax Department links for other states can be reached through the Tax Sites website.
Coos County Tax Department and Assessor’s Office.
Resources for Nonprofits and Grantwriting are shown on North Bend Library’s Other Resources webpage. Contact the library if interested in being notified of the next “Researching Grants for the First-time Grantwriter” workshop.
North Bend Public Library Other Resources

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CNN provides up-to-the minute national and international news online.
The World Newspaper has articles back to August 2000, searchable by keyword or date. There is a charge to view the articles, or you can find 2-3 months of back issues at North Bend Public Library, or all back issues at Coos Bay Public Library.
NorthWest Cable News highlights news and weather for the Northwest. Free registration is required.
Oregon Live is the Oregonian newspaper’s website, with current news and classified ads.
InfoTrac Newsstand has fulltext articles of many newspapers. On the library’s home page, click on the Electronic Resources tab, then under the Articles category, click on InfoTrac Newsstand. For patron i.d., enter the 14-digit barcode number on your Coastline card without spaces.
Ref Desk’s newspapers section links to many newspapers, including 55 in Oregon alone.
Internet Public Library’s news section includes many newspaper links.
Yahoo’s newspaper list is searchable by name of city or county.


Historic Oregon Newspapers makes it possible for you to search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers that have been digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Local titles as of June 2011 include Coos Bay Times from 1907-1922, and Coast Mail (sometimes titled Daily Coast Mail or Weekly Coast Mail) from 1879-1904. More titles will be added over time. Click on the Titles tab to search by title, click on a title, then “All front pages”. After clicking on the image for a particular issue, click on the PDF button to get a clearer image that is easier to move around News Archive contains thousands of newspapers from the U.S. and Canada in searchable format. Some of the newspapers have issues as recent as mid-2009, while most of them go back for decades, and some even centuries, so can be very useful for historical


OWL, the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, offers many resources for writers of all kinds. Especially useful are their APA and MLA Formatting and Style Guides. An alternative writing style used by book publishers is the Chicago Manual of Style, made available by University of Chicago Press.
Ref Desk is a good place to find quick information or links to a lot of useful websites. It’s a great source for getting links to just about everything you need to know. describes itself as “the most up-to-date and comprehensive free full-text reference site.”

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Google is the most popular search engine for several reasons. Enclose phrases in quotes so the phrase is searched as a unit rather than as separate words that might be found in different parts of a website.
IPL2, the website chock-full of “Information you can trust,” is the marriage of two Internet directories, Internet Public Library and Librarians’ Internet Index. This online library of links to useful and entertaining websites with descriptions is organized by Subject, Newspapers and Magazines, Special Featured Collections, Kids, and Teens. IPL2 is developed and maintained by a group of colleges and universities with programs in library and information science, with the goal of connecting people with dependable information.
Good50 aims to be especially useful to those over 50 and to children, because of several “user-friendly” features, especially after clicking on “Lower Vision Version”. The search box is larger, and the results can be made larger by zooming to a larger size (though text of websites explored through the results have not changed in size). Ads (sponsored links) only show on the side. It displays search results with SafeSearch on, which tries to exclude adult-themed and explicit content. The Google technology gives Google-quality search results.
Hittery is a new “custom search engine” that helps to narrow a search better by starting your search within a category such as Weather, Jobs, Cooking and recipes, etc. It searches a lower number of websites than Google, but claims to focus on more relevant, and sometimes more trusted, websites for the topic. Several features allow the user to customize this search engine to suit themselves.
Metacrawler makes it possible to search several search engines at once.
Dogpile is another site for searching several search engines at once.
Yahoo includes categories for popular websites as well as a search engine.

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Small Business Administration.
BusinessUSA, a multi-agency gateway to federal government resources and information, this easy-to-use website offers a “centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.”, “the resource for growing companies.”
Thomas Register, “the most comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America.”

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Anywho is a useful place to find white pages, yellow pages, maps, and directions.
TheUltimates is a good connection for white pages and yellow pages. Tip: Click on the tab for white pages to search those instead of searching from the main page to avoid being directed to a site where you have to pay for the information.
Infobel Telephone Directories on the Web is a good place to go for US and foreign phone directories, as well as reverse directories. Some areas are free, and some are only available for a fee.
DexOnline from Qwest has white and yellow pages, and is a good site for government agencies and for toll-free numbers. (QWest was previously US West.)
Reverse Phone Directory provides several reverse phone directory links.

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The Weather Channel has breaking news on the weather, as well as current conditions and forecasts for 77,000 locations worldwide. Includes educational material about weather topics such as flooding and tornadoes.
Weather Underground has weather service for most major cities worldwide. It gets most of its information from the National Weather Service, and includes Personal Weather Stations. Blogs on weather topics are one of the main features, with meteorologists such as Ed Hanna and Dr. Jeff Masters posting regularly.
KEZI-TV‘s website has highly visual weather information for western Oregon, including current conditions, 7-day forecast, satellite view, radar view, sky cams, road cams, and more.
Tides, sunrise and sunset, moonrise and set, moon phases.
Tsunami hazard maps and Tsunami evacuation brochures are available online, selectable by city or area.
International Tsunami Information Centre, a UNESCO website hosted by NOAA, gives Current Official Tsunami Bulletins, including Pacific and West Coast.
NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center will deliver tsunami warnings to you via SMS text message or e-mail. Choose “Tsunami” and then “WCATWC West Coast Alaska Messages.”
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington provides information on Pacific Northwest earthquake activity and hazards.
USGS Earthquake Center provides recent earthquake information for the US and world, with maps. Alternatively, their Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) will deliver warnings by e-mail or SMS text message. Sign up using an e-mail address or follow the instructions to change your notification address to an SMS address. Be sure to select a geographic area, such as “Oregon” or you’ll get notifications from all over!

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