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  • Business Preparedness
    ​Businesses haPrep Scorecard 1.jpgve a lot to plan for in order to recover from a natural disaster including how to bring computer systems back online, how repairs to buildings will be made and keeping inventory available. But very little can happen until your employees come back to work to help. Research suggests that employees don’t come back to work after a disaster until they are confident that their loved ones are safe. OEM’s Preparedness Scorecard for Businesses is a good resource to assess critical business functions and plan actions to reduce disaster losses.

  • Text-to-9-1-1
    20160329_153104_thumb.jpgThe Portland Dispatch Center Consortium Text to 9-1-1 pilot was launched on August 23, with a kickoff press conference held at Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency. The pilot of this web-based application is for a six-month period. If the pilot proves successful, it is anticipated that the Text to 9-1-1 web-based application could be fully implemented statewide by July 2017.

    Learn more about Text-to-9-1-1 in Oregon.
  • Newport Creates Tsunami Safety Refuge
    Improved access to Safe Haven Hill, which sits 80 feet above sea level, will help facilitate a rapid evacuation from the low-lying South Beach and harbor areas of Newport.  View the press release here: http://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=1238
  • 2 Weeks Ready

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    Experience has shown that in the aftermath of large disasters (think the 2011 Tokohu earthquake, Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina), it may take weeks before help can arrive. While first responders are at the ready to assist wherever, whenever needed, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages people to create preparedness kits to maintain self-sufficiency for a minimum of two weeks.


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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