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  • December 2015 Pacific Storm Event
    Governor Kate Brown’s request for federal disaster aid was approved Feb. 17 by President Obama for the State of Oregon, for tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the Pacific storm event in December, 2015. Funding is available to eligible state, Tribal, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties. For more information on the declaration check the Pacific Storm Toolkit.
  • Cascadia Rising 2016

    Oregon’s largest ever emergency management exercise called “Cascadia Rising” will take place June 2016. The exercise will simulate the first 4-days of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami to help Oregon prepare for its largest natural hazard. For more information and exercise updates check the Cascadia Rising 2016 webpage.
  • Flood Information for Residences and Businesses
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    It is important to know what to do before and during a flood, and as flood waters recede the recovery process begins. Here is helpful information on flood safety​.  Here are some tips​ for flood recovery.  For a more information from the Red Cross about what to do after a flood, please visit one of these links:  English / Spanish
  • Public Safety Telecommunicators Recognized

    Each year in Oregon, hundreds of dedicated telecommunications professionals answer nearly two million emergency calls, answering requests for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services to dispatch the appropriate assistance. They serve the citizens and visitors in Oregon 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  

    During the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. This week-long event is a time to recognize and appreciate those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that is set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work, dedication, and commitment to saving lives and protecting property.​   Governor Brown's Proclamation.​
Current Status In the News
President Obama declares major disaster for 2015 Pacific Storm
Preliminary Damage Assessments for the December 2015 Pacific Storm were conducted jointly by FEMA, the Small Business Administration, OEM and local jurisdictions. They evaluated over $25 million in damages. Governor Kate Brown requested federal disaster aid that was approved by President Obama for the State of Oregon for Tribal and local recovery efforts. Federal funding is available to eligible state, tribal, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties. A Joint Field Office has been established in Salem to coordinate recovery efforts.

Federal Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet
Press Release
Major Disaster Declaration DR-4258

ECC Status
The State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) is currently on standby. OEM’s Executive Duty Officer (EDO) is available 24/7. All requests for assistance or to talk with the EDO should be made by contacting OERS at 1-800-452-0311. Please report incidents by contacting OERS to ensure the state is able to notify the proper entities. 

Initial Damage Reporting and Assessment Requirements
During an emergency or disaster, local governments conduct a quick initial assessment of damages and impacts, sometimes as part of a request for state or federal resources to augment local ones. The Local Emergency Program Manager coordinates this assessment and usually assigns some IDA responsibilities to other departments of local government.  Click here for more information.

Hazard Mitigation Efforts Helping in Vernonia
As we learn about the damage from current flooding in Oregon, it is important to also remember that property
is being protected because of flood mitigation projects. Recently, Oregon's Silver Jackets were awarded Silver Jackets of the Year for 2015 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their work in flood risk management. Some of the projects are now helping protect Vernonia during the current flooding.


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. 
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Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) - Non-Disaster Grant Potential Mitigation Planning and/or Project Sub-Applicants in Oregon

Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Offering of HMA
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM)
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA)
FEMA has announced availability of the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) non-disaster grant programs for Federal Fiscal Year 2015.
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Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. For more information on how the changes will affect you read the FEMA Biggert-Waters Quick Reference Guide​. 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.
Preparedness information for severe weather: http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather
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.

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