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Operations and Preparedness


The Operations and Preparedness Section provides planning, training, exercise, and technical assistance to state and local jurisdictions to enhance emergency preparedness, response and recovery in an all-hazard environment.
Planning and Technical Assistance
  • Coordinate statewide all-hazard emergency planning and technical assistance among state agencies and Local Emergency Managers;
  • Coordinating the development of a survivable network of emergency operations facilities;
  • Develop and maintain the state emergency management plan;
  • Assist with hazard identification in local jurisdictions;
  • Develop all hazard emergency management plans;
  • Provide technical assistance in emergency management operations.
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Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps educates, enables, and assists communities to become better prepared for emergencies and disaster through service, volunteerism, education, and training. With five programs under the Citizen Corps umbrella, there are countless ways for individuals to become involved and engaged in making our communities and families safer.
For more information on Citizen Corps activities near you or how you can add to Oregon’s disaster resilience through volunteering, please visit https://www.citizencorps.gov or contact, Matt Marheine Oregon Citizen Corps Coordinator 
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Communications Systems

  • Maintain public safety radio, Amateur Radio, Emergency Alert System, and NAWAS warning systems
  • Provide support for the Amber Review Committee, Statewide Emergency Alert System, and teletype communications and tracking systems;
  • Coordinate and provide telecommunications systems planning, training, and consultation;
  • Provide support for emergency information and notification of local and state agencies, the State Fire Net Radio System, the Radiological Emergency Tracking and Notification System, and the emergency power and mobile emergency communications systems
  • Terry Pietras is the Communications Officer for Oregon Emergency Management, responsible for communications equipment, plans, training, and is our liaison to local, state, and federal agencies and the private volunteer communications organizations related to alert and warning systems.
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Continuity of Operations Plan

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) establishes policy and/or guidance to ensure the execution of the essential functions of your agency or department in the event that an emergency at the agency or in its service area threatens or incapacitates operations, and/or requires the relocation of selected personnel and functions. 
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Domestic Preparedness

Matt Marheine, Section Manager, is Oregon Emergency Management´s Domestic Preparedness Coordinator.  Please contact him if you have questions on Planning, Grants, or Training in the fields of Domestic Preparedness and Terrorism. 
Domestic Preparedness and Terrorism
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Drought Declaration Procedures and Guidance

The guidance below is intended to show the actions that might be taken by counties to submit a Drought Emergency Declaration to the State of Oregon.  A state drought declaration enables counties to benefit from emergency streamlined water rights programs, ground water usage programs and other programs that can help citizens.  An information sheet is also provided to describe state and federal assistance available for drought.
Drought Point of Contact:
Matt Marheine, Operations and Preparedness Section, Manager
Oregon Military Department, Office of Emergency Management
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Geologic Hazards Program

Earthquake, Tsunami, & Volcano

The Geologic Hazard Program works with local and regional governments, businesses, hospitals, schools, human service agencies, neighborhood and community organizations, and individuals to address, among other things, earthquaketsunami, and volcano awareness, preparedness, and damage reduction efforts across the state.  Program staff also works closely with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the Oregon State Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC), National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, Western Seismic Safety Policy Council (WSSPC), and Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW).

To help prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis in Oregon please read Living on Shaky Ground.

For more information please contact Althea Rizzo.
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Homeland Security Grants

Homeland Security Grant Program
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is a primary funding mechanism for building and sustaining national preparedness capabilities and is comprised of five interconnected grant programs: the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), Operation Stonegarden (OPSG), the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) and the Citizen Corps Program (CCP). Together, these grant programs fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises and management and administration.

For more information on the Homeland Security Grant Program click here, or contact Program Coordinator Sidra Metzger-Hines.
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The Federal government requires compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) activities from FY 2005 to the present time.  This page was developed in order to assist Oregon jurisdictions with achieving and maintaining NIMS compliance.  All Oregon jurisdictions receiving preparedness funds or receiving direct benefit from these funds must be NIMS compliant. This is a Federal requirement that the State cannot waive or defer. 

Go to the Oregon NIMS page here: NIMS in OREGON 

For more information please contact Zach Swick​
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To view a list of plans and annexes please follow this link.

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Search And Rescue

Oregon SAR Program

  • Provides 24-hour day availability for all search and rescue (SAR) in Oregon.
  • Provides statistical data on Oregon´s search and rescue incidents
  • Supports local search and rescue programs
  • Directs and coordinates air resources for SAR activity in Oregon
  • Scott Lucas is Oregon´s Search and Rescue Coordinator
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Training & Exercise

The Training and Exercises team develops, coordinates, and conducts local and state emergency management training programs and professional development classes.  They also conduct the Public Officials´ Conference for emergency program managers and elected officials, as well as  develop, conduct, and evaluate emergency management exercises for state and local jurisdictions. 

See the Training Calendar for future training opportunities and Educational Materials for informative documents.

For Ops Center users, please see our Ops Center Quick Use Guide.
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Not sure who you need to talk to?  Visit our Staff page for a brief position description and contact information.

Mail questions or comments to Matt Marheine, Section Manager.
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