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Emergency Preparedness & Resilience

For communities and the economy to thrive, Oregon must be resilient and ready to recover from current and future climate-change related disasters, wildfires, and the expected 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Increasing Oregon’s level of preparedness and improving the resilience of Oregon’s built infrastructure, bridges, highways, and slopes are top priorities for Governor Brown.

Governor Kate Brown visiting 2020 wildfire aftermath  

Oregonians share a responsibility as individuals — and as part of communities — to be aware of hazards and risks, to prepare for the critical period immediately following a disaster, and to prioritize disaster preparedness. Being informed about the disaster risks Oregon faces — from climate-related heat waves to wildfires and ice storms — is key, and empowers Oregonians to take actions to protect themselves, reduce losses, and quickly recover from disasters.

This includes being 2 Weeks Ready for any emergency or disaster, signing up for OR Alerts to get the latest information on local emergencies, and making and practicing an emergency plan.

To help achieve statewide emergency preparedness, Governor Brown appointed Oregon’s first State Resilience Officer, a position created by the Oregon Legislature in 2015.

The State Resilience Officer is charged with directing, implementing, and coordinating seismic safety. This role also supports continuity of state government planning, which is critical in the face of large-scale emergencies to ensure state services can continue to assist Oregonians during times of need. The Governor’s Office provides guidance to state agencies on short and long-term resilience activities, as well as supports Oregon’s infrastructure systems.

After large disasters — including the 2020 Labor Day wildfires, 2021 winter storm, and excessive heatwave in June 2021 — the state conducts after actions to ensure continued learning on emergency preparedness and response.