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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in 13 Counties Due to Severe Storm Conditions
As an emergency develops, local resources are mobilized to respond. As they respond, private sector resources, mutual aid from neighboring communities, and volunteer organizations supplement response efforts. Once local resources are overwhelmed, local governments can declare a local emergency and request assistance from the state. The Governor then declares a state of emergency and makes state resources available to assist impacted local governments. OEM then coordinates with local jurisdictions to assess damages and determine losses and recovery needs. If the impacts exceed certain criteria and thresholds, a major disaster declaration is requested by the Governor to the President. If the magnitude and severity warrants, the President then declares a major disaster to enable supplementary federal disaster assistance. 

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.


​Dozens displaced by Oregon City landslides still without housing

Umatilla County could end outlier status of emergency manager

Armed protesters refuse to leave federal building in Oregon

Seaside students challenge communities to become prepared

Icy driving conditions likely to continue through mid-morning Monday, Jan. 4

Emergency declaration issued for apartment complexes threatened by landslides

The 25 biggest earthquakes ever recorded

Video/State of Emergency: Lincoln /County makes declaration

Training offered to help critical services resume after natural disaster

Washington County welcomes new Emergency Management Supervisor

Relentless rains of December take a breather but “real soaker” due Monday

Clackamas County collecting info on property damage by recent storms​


State Emergency Declaration
Columbia County
Tillamook County
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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