Oregon Prepared 2015 – Oregon Emergency Management Workshop
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Oregon Prepared 2015 – Oregon Emergency Management Workshop. The workshop will be held March 31 – April 2, 2015 in Sunriver, Oregon with an initial planning meeting for the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise on Monday, March 30 and a training and exercise planning workshop (TEPW) for the entire state on Friday, April 3.
The Workshop Schedule is available here
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregonprepared-2015-tickets-14636709793 to register. Registration will close February 10, 2015.
Now is the ideal time for individuals, families, businesses, and schools to review their winter weather preparedness plans. It is especially important for persons new to the region to become familiar with NOAA’s National Weather service Watch and Warning definitions, as well as winter weather safety procedures.
Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be quite hazardous, with snow and ice in the mountains. All areas of the Pacific Northwest are at risk of nearly every type of winter weather possible, from blizzards to ice and flooding and cold.
Each year, dozens of Americans die due to prolonged exposure to the cold. Major winter storms can be accompanied by strong winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. To help communities learn more about these dangers, NOAA’s National Weather Service has developed important tools to educate the public about how to prepare for winter weather.
More information on Winter Weather can be found here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrh/seasonal/winterAwareness/?wfo=sew
Emergency Support Function Realignment
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has expanded its Emergency Support Function structure from 15 to 18 roles. Emergency Support Functions are groupings of critical functions or capabilities into an organizational structure to provide support, resources, and services necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, restore essential services and help survivors return to normal functioning following a disaster. More information on the realignment can be found here : ESF Issue Paper.
Texting to 9-1-1
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested that the four mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint implement changes that will allow consumers to text to 9-1-1 services; however, this technology is not currently available in Oregon. Click here for more information.
Public Assistance Training Calendar (Click Here)
Unified Hazard MitigationAssistance(HMA) - Non-DisasterGrant Potential Mitigation Planning and/or Project Sub-Applicants in Oregon
Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Offering of HMA
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM)
Flood Mitigation Assustance Grant Program (FMA)
FEMA has announced availability of the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance(HMA) non-disaster grantprograms for Federal Fiscal Year 2014. Click here for more information.
Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program
Most homeowners and commercial insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program covers damages caused by flood, mudflows, and collapse or subsidence of land caused by floodwaters. Flood insurance is available anywhere even outside the flood zones.
Severe Weather, Stay Safe!
The Office of Emergency Management encourages you to be safe and avoid any unnecessary travel. If you have to travel, please be prepared and drive cautiously. Less traffic on the roads will allow first responders and maintenance crews to provide critical services more effectively.
Earthquake & Tsunami Awareness in Oregon
Oregon suffered considerable damage from two moderate earthquake events in 1993 and distant tsunamis in 1964 and 2011. Scientific evidence indicates that Oregon is at risk for a much larger and potentially more damaging earthquake associated with the Cascadia Subduction Zone that is expected to generate strong ground shaking and a destructive tsunami. The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan brings the hazard home and offers a teachable moment.