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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.

  • 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 or view this informational video about the Cascadia Playbook.
  • New Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management
    Andrew Phelp’s is new director of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.  His background and track record drive him toward success, but he also has a passion and motivation to help people through the profession of emergency management that stems from a life-changing experience.   Here is his story.​​

  • State of Oregon Recovery Plan
    The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is pleased to release the State of Oregon Recovery Plan (State Recovery Plan). The plan establishes a State Recovery Organization and describes how the state will support local and tribal communities across all phases of disaster recovery. The plan utilizes the concept of State Recovery Functions (SRFs) for delivery of recovery support and is supplemented by individual annexes for each SRF that provide a more detailed approach identifying which state agencies will play coordinating, primary and supporting roles, as well as the expected activities for each function.
  • Governor Brown proclaims April 12-18 Telecommunicator's Week

    Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, has proclaimed April 12-18 to be public safety telecommunicators week in Oregon, and is encouraging Oregonians to join in observance.  Dedicated telecommunications serve the citizen and visitors in Oregon night and day, answering their requests for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, and dispatching the appropriate assistance.  View the proclamation here.​

Current Topics Alerts, Disasters and Preparedness
Drought Issue Paper 2015
Click here for access to the Drought Issue Paper for 2015 
 
State Homeland Security Grants Program is on the road!
For a schedule of State Homeland Security Grants Program roadshow visits, click here.
 
Oregon Prepared 2015 – Oregon Emergency Management Workshop
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Oregon Prepared 2015 – Oregon Emergency Management Workshop. The workshop will be held March 31 – April 2, 2015 in Sunriver, Oregon with an initial planning meeting for the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise on Monday, March 30 and a training and exercise planning workshop (TEPW) for the entire state on Friday, April 3.
 
The Workshop Schedule is available here.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregonprepared-2015-tickets-14636709793 to register.  Registration will close February 10, 2015.

Visit the Sunriver Resort page ​for information on lodging.


Winter Weather

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

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.


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.
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.
 
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​Oregon Department of Agriculture leads response to Avian Influenza
The State of Oregon has activated a multi-agency response plan following the confirmation of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in domestic birds in Douglas County. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is the lead state agency responding to the incident… ODA Press Release

4 year Anniversary of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami


Since 2004, Oregon has put emphasis on preparing for its biggest natural threat. The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission has produced an Oregon Resilience Plan which was furthered by the Oregon Resilience Taskforce. Current legislative session is considering several measures that address seismic issues. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management urges individuals to take action to prepare by knowing about the hazard and having a plan that includes an emergency kit with at least two-weeks of supplies, said Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator. Click here to read a press release on the Tohuku Earthquake and Tsunami 4-year anniversary.

 
​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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