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  • Newly Released Comic Book Provides Earthquake Education
    The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Dark Horse Comics released a new comic book titled, "Without Warning," Aug. 20, aimed at teaching earthquake preparedness to teenagers. The comic book is the result of collaboration between the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), OEM, and Dark Horse Comics.   Full press releases is available at this link.

  • Oregon's Office of Emergency Management's Public Affairs Department
    During times Oregon is not in the midst of a Governor declared emergency the Oregon Office of Emergency Management's public affairs program is often available for community outreach events. If you are interested in getting information, or to request participation at an event, please fill out the form below.
  • Cascadia Playbook
    Oregon’s greatest threat is a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami resulting in significant loss of life, widespread injuries, and major property and critical infrastructure destruction. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management, per the Governor’s request, is kicking off a new initiative to synchronize efforts across the state in response to a Cascadia event and other significant disasters. The Cascadia Playbook will be a cross-cutting emergency management tool for the State of Oregon that supports various existing plans and efforts for the first 14 days of a catastrophic incident.  Click here for an Overview of the Playbook or click here for the Playbook At a Glance.
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Winter Weather Week


The week of November 9-15 is Winter Weather awareness Week in the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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 Week can be found here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrh/seasonal/winterAwareness/?wfo=sew

OEM partners with Dark Horse Comics to release a preparedness comic book
“Without Warning” tells the story of a teenager trying to reunite with her family after an earthquake. Click here for more information.


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.
FY 2014 State Homeland Security Program Grant
Oregon Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce the opening of the FY 2014 State Homeland Security Program Grant application period. The application information can be accessed by clicking here.

Grant Workshop Presentation ( click here)


Grant Workshop Sched ule

Click here for the current Grant Workshop Schedule
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.
Drought Declaration Process
As a result of significantly low rainfall amounts for the past few months, the State's water availability and drought councils will meet in February. Click onthis linkto viewresources to jurisdictions looking to understand the drought declaration process.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster loans Available for Harney, Lake, and Malheur Counties
Small, nonfarm businesses in three Oregon counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Harney, Lake, and Malheur Counties are eligible for the loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on September 1, 2013.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” said Tanya N. Garfield, Acting Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.
Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
According to Garfield eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. The loans have an interest rate of $5 for businesses and 2.875% for private, nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on January 15, 2014.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela .
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing
disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster .
The deadline to apply for these loans is September 15, 2014.


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 quick guide to flood insurance .
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.
​Final meeting of the JTMD Task Force
The Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) Task Force held its final meeting in Salem on Oct. 29. The JTMD Task Force began on June 25, 2012 and was formed as a way to coordinate efforts to respond to debris washing up on the Oregon Coast from the Japanese tsunami in 2011. The JTMD Task Force is made up of state and federal agencies along with non-governmental organizations like SOLVE and Surfrider. Click here for presentations.
​Experts agree radiation risk extremely low
The March 2011 tsunami off the coast of Japan flooded the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plan causing radiation contaminated water and debris to spill into the Pacific. Oregon officials are regularly testing for radiation and to date there has been no data to suggest any radiation over normal acceptable levels is in the sand or sea water. The consensus among scientists is that it's highly unlikely that any tsunami debris from Japan is radioactive.
Furthermore, experts agree that the potential for radioactive debris is highly unlikely. For more information click here
Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris(JTMD) ​

When the devastating tsunami hit Japan in 2011, it dragged 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. Two years later, some 5,000 miles away, tsunami debris continues to wash up on the Oregon Coast. A 165 ton Japanese concrete dock arrived on Agate Beach in June 2012, small Japanese fishing vessels washed up on Oregon beaches this spring, and smaller items, like plastic bottles even a Buddha statue presumed to be tsunami debris, have turned up on the Oregon coast.

Governor John Kitzhaber established a task force on Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) in 2012 to respond to the tsunami debris. Oregon Emergency Management has partnered with Oregon Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Dept. of Environmental Quality, and state, local, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations like SOLVE and Surfrider Foundation, to work together to clean up the tsunami debris.
Learn more about what is being done to deal with the debris washing up on the Oregon coast. Representatives from SOLVE, Surfrider, along with local and state legislators will discuss continued response here .
For more information on radiation risk click here
OEM and OHCS adopt Disaster Housing Strategy for the State of Oregon
Oregon Disaster Archive
Information on past disasters can be found here .

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