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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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    Be 2 Weeks Ready! This new campaign, launched by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut, aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a natural disaster such as a Cascadia earthqyake. Learn more about how to be two weeks ready.​


Current Status In the News
Emergency declaration guidelines for local elected and appointed officials (September 2015) available.

Flood Communications Toolkit
2017 has already seen its share of winter weather, from snow and ice to heavy rain. To help local and tribal emergency managers provide informative and consistent messaging, OEM has developed a set of communications toolkits, including one geared specifically to ​flooding.

Winter Storm Communications Toolkit
Oregon has already seen its share of significant winter storms. To help local and tribal emergency managers provide informative and consistent messaging during severe weather and other hazards, OEM has developed a set of communications toolkits, including one geared specifically to winter storms​

2015 Pacific Storm
Governor Kate Brown's request for federal disaster aid was approved by President Obama for the State of Oregon, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the Pacific storm event in December, 2015. Preliminary Damage Assessments for the storm were conducted jointly by FEMA, the Small Business Administration, OEM and local jurisdictions. They evaluated approximately $40 million in damages. Federal funding was made available to eligible state, tribal, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities. The following counties applied for federal disaster assistance: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties. A Joint Field Office was established in Salem to coordinate recovery efforts. ​
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.


Texting to 9-1-1

On August 23, several Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) rolled out a Text to 9-1-1 pilot program that will provide an additional way for people to contact 9-1-1 when calling is not an option. Six Oregon counties and Clark County in Washington now have Text to 9-1-1: Clatsop, Columbia, Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and most of Marion County. 
 Call if you can, text if you can’t.
As Text to 9-1-1 evolves, the service will expand across the state in a cohesive manner and incorporate lessons learned. However, it’s important to remember that the best way to reach 911 is calling. Text (where available) is a method for those who cannot call. For more information about text to 9-1-1 in Oregon, visit http://www.nwtext911.info/map-view/

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

2016 applications have been submitted to FEMA for further review and possible award.  
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM)
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA)
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.
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.



2015 Pacific Storm Event
Cascadia Subduction Zone

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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