Marina Emergency Plan

Rocky Pointe Marina Emergency Plan

Rocky Pointe Prepares Tenants to be Responders

Living on the water at a marina brings additional responsibilities to its resident’s that must be planned for. The following information, along with annual training and review, will better prepare us to address emergencies within our marina community and the unique challenges we face.

It is best practice to train and educate all tenants living at the marina, along with all staff members, rather than a select few. Our marina and boatyard staff are very well trained to respond to all emergencies. However they are only available during normal business hours, with the exception of an onsite caretaker.

The marina office will post warnings and advisements at all entrances, gates and kiosks at the top of gangways, when potential emergencies such as snow, wind, high water, ice, or freezing pipe protections are warranted. The marina office will coordinate emergency contacts within the marina for fires or other urgent situations requiring immediate response.

In case of any emergency:

  1. Call 911 first. Be sure the 911 operator is aware of our need for Scappoose Fire Response or Multnomah County Sheriff and Oregon State Patrol. Often they may try to connect to Portland city services, wasting precious time! Use a land line if possible, if not be sure to identify your location immediately, Rocky Pointe Marina, 23586 NW St Helens Rd at Old Lower Rocky Pointe Rd, 3 miles east of Scappoose. Draw them a map if you have to, don’t let them waste time!
  2. Call the Marina Office :503-543-7003
  3. When the marina office is closed contact Mike Barrett at 503-929-9204, or Stan Tonneson at 503-329-0298, Jen Tonneson at 503-704-0101 or home at 503-234-3466.

Emergency Fire Procedures:

In the event of a fire or emergency, designate 1 person (or do it yourself if no one else available) to immediately make the following phone calls. These instructions are for a more serious fire or emergency. Fires start small, there are many designated red “Fire” water buckets on the docks near the boats. Take note of where they are located, so you are able to access one quickly. Fire extinguishers are located on every floating home within view, as well as on the docks near the boat slips. Every fire extinguisher in the marina is available for your use, the marina will have them recharged or replaced. Use them! In the time it takes to make a phone call, a small fire may be easily managed by a bucket or fire extinguisher, if left unattended, a smoldering ember may combust or may become much larger and unmanageable, except by Fire Department personal. Use your best judgment!

Call 911– stay on the line if possible, use a land line if possible.

Identify your location: Rocky Pointe Marina, located at 23586 NW St Helens Rd, Portland, Oregon 97231

Identify the emergency: Fire, medical or (name the emergency)

Identify where in the marina: on a (house or boat) in the (upper, middle, lower) section of the marina. Stay on the line if they ask you to. Keep yelling for help if no one has come to your aid yet.

– Marina Office (if business hours) 503-543-7003

The marina office will make the rest of the calls if they are open

-Scappoose Fire Department 503-543-5026

-Multnomah County River Patrol.503-243-7952

-Mike Barrett 503-929-9204

-Boatyard Office (if business hours) 503-543-2785

-Stan Tonneson 503-329-0298 (cell) 503-234-3466( home)

-Jen Tonneson 503-704-0101 (cell) 503-234-3466 (home)

-start the phone tree for your section of marina.


These instructions are for a more serious fire. Fires start small. There are many water buckets and fire extinguishers everywhere in the marina. Use them as needed.

If there are enough people available, designate all the following at the same time. If not, do in order as listed. If possible, send someone to the security gate to hold open and direct fire trucks to emergency.

#1 priority is to avoid injury to anyone. Look for anyone aboard the boat or floating home

#2 priority is to get attention. Yell up and down the docks that there is a fire and knock on doors of boats or houses near the fire, especially the ones next to the fire. There are air horns located in the fire pump shed. 5 short blasts, repeat every 15 seconds to gain attention and alert tenants.

#3 priority is to avoid having the fire spread beyond the single boat or house. Do Not push a burning boat into the river. Instead, remove all surrounding boats and/or houses as possible. Evacuate all nearby people in homes or boats.

#4 Priority is to get water started. Gather the fire pumps near the fire and start. Water areas around the fire to protect the fire from spreading. The fire department will want to use our pumps while they are setting up their equipment. Turn them over as soon as they arrive, or follow their instructions.

Obey Fire Command Unconditionally!



Slippery docks, frozen pipes and heavy snow weight on roofs and decks are all events that floating home owners need to be aware of and plan ahead for.

The staff will use de-icer on primary docks and ramps when frost is forecast. It is done between 6am and 9am weekdays. Other times and days there is de-icer available at the top of each ramp. Please do not take the entire bag to your home and hoard it. We purchase enough for the entire marina for the year in advance. Once the freezing temperatures come, it is very difficult to obtain. Please do not hoard, there is enough here for everyone, and you may be putting the safety of your neighbor at risk by taking what is available.

Snow- snow removal on the docks is a community event. Neighbors help out your neighbors! Someone may be sick and not able to tend their docks! Knock on their door if you see the snow piling up! See how they are doing, they may need help! When snow is forecast, at least 5 snow shovels will be placed in each of the emergency sheds for tenants to shovel snow off there own house and the dock in front of their house. Please do not keep the shovels! Share with your neighbor, then return them for others to use! We lose many to theft every year, when we need them, they are not there.

Parking Lot snow removal will be done by our staff with the tractor as needed during weekdays. Ice on the hill existing the marina is always a challenge. It is a county road but with low priority. We have a pile of gravel located at the midway of the hill which is there for your use.

Floating Structure Snow Removal:

Snow removal from the covered boat slip dock roofs will be done by the boatyard staff when snow exceeds 6 inches or if 6 inches total accumulation is forecast. Employees will also secure all stern lines of boats in these areas to provide more buoyancy. Do not remove your mooring lines or remove your boats from under the cover when there is snow without checking with the office first.

Freezing temperatures are more common than snow. Our water pipes are above ground and will freeze. The marina turns off and drains all water lines on the inside of the marina that supply boats from Nov 15 until March 1st. It is important that floating homes keep a small flow of water running in their homes during times that temperatures stay below freezing for more than 6 continuous hours. To maintain water pressure for the entire marina, please turn off once temperatures go above freezing. We will shut off water supply to houses that are unoccupied during freezing weather. The reason for this is if your pipes freeze and break, water will flood your house. If you have a vacation home, are not here regularly, or will be gone over night, it would be prudent to turn your water off and drain your lines if freezing temperatures are forecasted. The marina keeps a dripping faucet at the external end of all water lines on the docks and restrooms. Please do not turn these off! If the temperatures stay low in the teens for extended periods of time, (over a week) the water may slow down in some areas that people have allowed to freeze up. With less water in, that means less water out (sewage) and then the sewer system can freeze. Once that happens water and sewer are not available until the weather warms. We will advise of a marina closure, should the threat of environmental contamination become possible. It would be very rare for this to happen, if everyone follows these guidelines and keep the water moving!.

Wind Storm

Heavy winds can blow items off decks and docks. It can also cause houses or boats to break loose from their moorings. Please keep items on docks and decks to a minimum during windy times. Secure barbeques, kayaks, furniture, etc with rope or other tie downs. Inspect the mooring chains on your house regularly. Inspect mooring lines and cleats on your boat. Should a boat, home, or dock come loose secure lines to keep it from floating away and immediately report it to the office or emergency contact. There are ropes and chain pulleys in emergency sheds. Contact office.

Person in the Water

If you think you hear someone yelling for help, please go looking! They may have been there for a while and getting weak! If you find someone in the water help, them out if you can, if not toss them something that floats, and begin yelling for help immediately. There are life rings with ropes on the docks. Look around your immediate area, anything that floats can help. Use an ice chest, cushion, small boat, life vest, or even a dock line off of a boat to help pull them in.

DO NOT JUMP IN THE WATER YOURSELF. We will then have two people to rescue. A person panicking can pull you under. The best way to help them is to get them a floatation device as soon as possible, get more help by yelling, and quickly devise a plan to get them close to the nearest point of exit from the waterway. The possibility of stray electrical current can also cause you to drown. If possible, quickly unplug the boats shore power cords from the power pedestals nearest to the person in the water. As help begins to arrive, have someone immediately cut power to that portion of the marina. If you need to get to a person, take a boat. Do not be bashful looking for a boat. Grab what you can, a canoe, kayak, raft, or dinghy. During this time always keep your eyes on the person in the water. Also continue yelling for help, for someone to call 911. A person in the water may have very few minutes.

Pollution Spill

Fuel and oil spills in the water must be contained and cleaned up. Reporting to the US Coast Guard National Response Center at 800-424-8802 is required. Marina and boatyard staff will respond to begin containment and assessment of the spill, and make additional contacts as required by State and Federal law. If contact cannot be made with the owner of an unattended vessel and urgency is required to contain the environmental exposure, staff will immediately handle the situation and bill responsible party for containment supplies. Check your bilges often, keep petroleum product absorbent pads/socks in your bilge at all times while in marina waters.

Filling of boat fuel tanks with fuel cans is strictly prohibited at Rocky Pointe Marina.

Fuel spill containment booms and absorbents are located in each section of marina. Front of fuel dock and at the base of the middle and lower marinas in a white dock box next to the emergency sheds. Booms are $2ft and absorbent pads are .50

Boat Sinking

Contact marina office with slip location, type and size of boat and how badly it is sinking. They will contact marina and boatyard staff for assistance. There are electric pumps located in the emergency sheds. The fire pumps can be used, especially for bigger needs. The fire buckets can be used as well to bail out boats.

You can help by making sure the boat is securely tied to the docks. Also check shore power cord. Many times power gets accidentally unplugged causing batteries to go low. Simply plugging back in will activate the onboard bilge pumps.

Flood Preparedness Plan

Flood Warning Plan:

Typical high water times are late spring in April, May and June when the snow is melting naturally off the mountains and also there can be spikes of high water during the snow season when low level snow falls are melted with heavy warm rains. In either event, advance notice is typically a week or more.

Rocky Pointe Marina has a water gauge on a piling in front of the marina office. This gauge is calibrated to the water levels in Portland, Or. Typical low water levels in the summer is about 3-5 feet and high water levels in the winter about 6-8 ft. The parking lot of Rocky Pointe Marina starts getting some water at about 18 feet. FYI- the water crest level Feb 1996 was 23 feet and the pilings are set at 26-27 feet. The highest elevation of the parking lot is 20ft.

There is a direct link on Rocky Pointe’s website to the river level data provide by NOAA for our specific area. It gives past 5 day levels and projections for future 5 days. Marina life makes observing water levels a daily habit. If levels go above 10feet, daily monitoring of river level projections is done by marina management. Water levels rise at a rate of 1-2 feet per day giving plenty of time to plan and prepare. Any tidal events are calculated in the predictions from NOAA.

If projections are for water levels to be 18ft or greater, the following plans will be implemented:

Parking Lot:

In accordance with the written rules for Rocky Pointe Marina, the following will take place when river levels are projected to reach 18ft within 5 days:

– Postings will be made at all community bulletin boards in marina that high water levels may reach flood levels for the marina and appropriate action needs to be taken.

– Should this event be near the monthly statement mailing date, the same warnings be included with mailings.

– Contact by phone to owners of all vehicles parked at the marina and request removal to the uplands at the entrance to Rocky Pointe Marina on Hwy 30. (DOT truck parking area) There is ample space for over 100 vehicles. All vehicles are to be on record in the marina office, as well as a visible, valid parking permit within the vehicle. If a vehicle continues to be parked 2 days prior to river level events of 18ft, then those vehicles will be towed and impounded by Retriever Towing in Portland, Oregon. Vehicle owner will responsible for all charges directly to Retriever Towing. If a tenant has provided keys for the vehicle during flood stage events, the vehicle will be moved at no charge to the uplands. There is a key safe at the marina office. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time during high water season, it is recommended you leave a set of keys, with the license plate and description of the vehicle with the office staff to avoid be towed. The Marina will not be responsible loss or damage to any vehicle that is left unattended and subject to tow. Any vehicle that remains unmoved after 48 hours of notification, and reasonable attempts were made to contact the owner with phone numbers on record at the marina office are subject to tow. It is the obligation of the tenant to maintain current contact information at the marina office.

Upland Parking Rules: ( DOT Truck parking area)

Only the off road parking area nearest the shoreline is to be used for parking. All the roadways are part of the truck weigh station and must be kept clear at all times for trucks.

Portable signs will be placed by Rocky Pointe Marina as the appropriate areas to park.

Emergency Equipment List and Location:

Fire/Emergency Sheds:

There are a total of 3 emergency sheds, located one in each section of the marina. The lower and middle marinas are located near the base of the ramp and the upper marina is located in front of the office.

The following equipment is located in each and is there for everyone to use for emergencies:

-fire ax

-big fire extinguisher on cart

-Honda Fire hose pump. Can be used for fire or pumping sinking boat

-electric water pump with 30amp adapter- use to bail sinking boat

-crow bar

-orange vest- for person in charge

-air horn- to sound emergency alert

-snow shovels- during winter snow events

-oil/fuel spill sorbs and booms

-cable chain pullers

On the docks approximately every 100-150 feet:

-Life rings

-Fire buckets

-Fire extinguishers. There are over 50 marina fire extinguishers on the property and another 50 or more as each floating home and boathouse is required to have one visible from the dock. Feel free to use any that you find. All extinguishers are checked and service annually by a certified company during early spring. If you notice an extinguisher not in working condition, please bring it to the office for immediate service or replacement. Water hoses are available for use as well.

Other Marina Emergency Equipment

-tug boat


-salt, at top at all ramps

-Tractor/snow plow

-snow blower

Annual Training/Review

Every year in the summer months proceeding fire season, the marina management provides a hands on training review of the fire and emergency procedures. This is strongly encouraged for all people who live at the marina.

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