Columbia Gorge



If you are interested in prevention of injuries to children and youth and live or work in Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, or Wasco Counties in Oregon or Klickitat County in Washington, you are welcome to join Safe Kids Columbia Gorge. Contact Joella for information.

2014 Activities Report



Joella Dethman  (541) 386-2500
Hood River County Prevention Department

309 State St., Hood River  97031

Safe Kids Columbia Gorge email –


Lead Agencies

Hood River County Prevention Department


Award of Merit, Army Corps of Engineers

Safe Kids Columbia Gorge was recognized nationally for their support of of the Corps of Enigneers Water Safety Efforts.  Award of Merit


Key Partners

  • Local Hospitals
  • Health Departments
  • Head Start & Migrant Head Start
  • New Parent Services
  • Hood River County Prevention Department
  • Schools
  • Law Enforcement
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Department of Human Services
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Oregon & Washington Parks
  • Safe Kids Oregon
  • Oregon Impact
  • Oregon State Police

Prevention Priorities

  • Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety
    • To request an appointment to have a car seat checked by at certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, send an email to
    • To receive a referral to get a car seat at a reduced cost
      • In Hood River, contact Hood River WIC at 541-387-7133
      • In Wasco County, contact Wasco WIC at 541-506-2600, Mayra
    • Car seat classes are held monthly
      • In Hood River – contact Joella Dethman at 541-386-2500
      • In The Dalles – contact Michael Holloran at 541-980-1019
  • Bicycle & Wheeled Sports Safety
    • Helmets are available for children at:
      • SCEMS in Sherman County contact Shawn Payne 541-565-3100
      • MCMC in The Dalles contact Brenda Allen 541-296-1111
      • Providence Hood River Hospital Emergency Department contact Emergency Department Desk 541-387-6184
      • Skyline Hospital in Klickitat County contact 509-493-1101
  • Water Safety
    • Life jacket loaner board locations are provided by Safe Kids Columbia Gorge and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Families are encouraged to Be Smart…Always wear a life jacket in, on or around water!
    • US Army Corp of Engineers Water Safety Information  For location of Life Jacket Loaner Stations, scroll down to Life Jacket Information and click on the Columbia River Loaner Stations.