EPB&B Supports the Hospitality Industry

Today EPB&B is excited to be a part of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association‘s (ORLA) annual golf tournament as a hole sponsor.  This tournament benefits Oregon’s hospitality industry and is vital to the strength of our political action committee.

ORLA is the leading business association for the foodservice and lodging industry in Oregon. A not-for-profit trade organization, ORLA advocates for over 10,000 foodservice locations and more than 2,000 lodging establishments in Oregon. 

Named as a past ORLA Associate Member of the year, EPB&B is steadfast in its support of the organization’s mission.

“The hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID,” explains EPB&B Producer, Brittani Pomeroy, “and ORLA needs our support now more than ever.“ 

Thank you to the members of the ORLA for your support and advocacy of these vital businesses and their essential workers. 

EPB&B Producer Brittani Pomeroy and Sales Manager Linda Rentfrow at Langdon Farms supporting the cause and handing out some mighty impressive water bottles.


Wildfire Evacuations: Tips To Save Time, Money and Stress

Wildfires around Oregon have already sparked several evacuation orders.  But completing these tasks can help save you and your family time, money, and stress before, during, and after a wildfire.

Level 3 evacuation: If you receive the level 3 order, leave your home as soon as possible.

  • When it is safe, let your insurance company know that you have been ordered to evacuate. Confirm your policy coverage, deductible, and specific coverage limits.
  • Save all receipts. Many insurance companies will help cover expenses such as lodging, food, and pet boarding.
  • Work on a home inventory list. 
    • Look through photos and videos to help recall personal items.  There are several Apps that can be downloaded for inventory assistance. 
    • To the best of your ability, write down the age, original cost, and replacement cost of each item.

Level 1 and 2 evacuation:

  • Contact your insurance company to check your policy.
    • Ask about deductible and specific coverage limits
    • Ask about auto coverage. You need comprehensive coverage on your vehicle to cover damage caused by a wildfire.
  • Make a quick home inventory. 
    • Take photos of each room in your home. Do not forget storage areas, such as the attic, shed, and garage.
  • Build a financial backpack. 
    • Gather important financial documents, such as passports, Social Security cards, insurance policies, titles, deeds, and financial accounts.
    • Make copies or scan them to your phone or computer.
  • Place all of the information with your go-bag of emergency supplies so this information is with you when you need to evacuate.

Outside of evacuation zone: The time to prepare is now.

Follow the disaster preparedness tips provided by the division at dfr.oregon.gov/preparenow.

Stay Safe out there.


EPB&B Supports Breast Friends

Today the crew at Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker were excited to be a hole sponsor for the  Breast Friends Annual Golf Tournament.

Started in 2000 by two breast cancer survivors, their mission is to ensure no woman goes through a diagnosis of cancer alone. 

“I first discovered Breast Friends five years ago when a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer,” explains EPB&B Sales Manager, Linda Rentfrow, “she was in need of support from a place of true empathy and she certainly found it in Breast Friends.  

A beautiful day supporting a wonderful cause is a pretty good way to start the week.


Oregon OSHA Adopts Temporary Working Requirements For Extreme Heat

As of July 8, 2021, Oregon OSHA has adopted an emergency rule that strengthens requirements for employers to protect workers from the dangers of high and extreme heat. The requirements expand access to shade and cool water. They also include regular cool-down breaks, training, communication, emergency planning and other measures that apply to both indoors and outdoors. 

Some of the new requirements include:

– At 80 degrees or over:

  • Need to provide shade for required breaks and meal periods.
  • Need to provide water for employees.
  • Supervisor and Employee training by August 1st.

– At 90 degrees or over (everything above plus):

  • New direct communication requirements.
  • Monitor employees and emergency contacts.
  • 10-minute break for cool down every two hours.
  • Have an Emergency Medical Plan.
  • Develop an acclimatization plan/practice for employees going into the heat.

This temporary rule is effective for 180 days. Here is the full rule language here:

Temporary OSHA Rules


Heat Related Illness: Know The Signs.

Wow, it has been hot.  Although forecasters say we have seen the last of the extreme heat, we still have several months of hot weather ahead.  It is important as you go about work and play this summer, to be aware of the signs of heat related illness.

When a body cannot cool itself fast enough it can lead to heat exhaustion.  Symptoms include:

  • Muscle Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Headache 
  • Nausea and vomiting. 

If you see someone with signs of overheating, move the person to a cooler location, have them rest for a few minutes and then slowly drink a cool beverage. Get medical attention for them immediately if they do not feel better.  

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke causing death if not treated immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Extreme body temperature.
  • Red, hot, dry skin.
  • Rapid strong pulse.
  • Concussion and unconsciousness. 

With any of these signs please get immediate medical attention. As always, please keep an eye on relatives and neighbors and help each other stay safe and healthy this summer.  


EPB&B Supports Youth Music Project

At Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker, we love music, and we are thrilled to support Youth Music Project by donating $2,500 to their mission.  

Every week at Youth Music Project the power of music sings for hundreds and hundreds of kids in our community. At Youth Music Project kids are encouraged and supported to take risks, make mistakes, experience success, gain confidence, and learn and grow through exploring music to their heart’s content. 

Youth Music Project first came to the attention of EPB&B President Marc Baker when they offered their brick and mortar space to house the Oregon Music of Fame.  

“The Youth Music Project is instrumental  in helping to develop Oregon’s musical future, “ Baker says, “while recognizing and promoting Oregon’s rich musical heritage.”

Happily supporting YMP to the tune of $2,500.

From Left: Susan Zundel, YMP Program Director, Travis Magrane, YMP Executive Director, Celeste Rose, YMP Development Director, Marc Baker, Dylan Baker EPB&B Intern, Jill Perucca, EPB&B VP of Operations.