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Councils and Committees

Oregon Emergency Management participates in and facilitates several councils and committees that assist with preparedness, response and mitigation of hazards in our state. These include:
Agencies participating in the Oregon Emergency Response System Council provide cooperative assistance within their resources and authority in responding to mitigating hazards that threaten the State of Oregon.
The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) was established after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California.  It is tasked with promoting earthquake awareness and preparedness in Oregon through education, research and legislation. OSSPAC meets bi-monthly.
State Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team (IHMT) coordinates recommended strategies to lessen loss of life, property, economic and natural resources when natural hazard events affect technological systems and critical infrastructure. The team meets on a quarterly basis.

The Safe Disaster Access for Media Committee (HB4087) was established in 2022 to ensure safe and equitable news media access to wildfire and other disaster scenes on Oregon public lands. House Bill 4087 directs Oregon Emergency Management to convene a collaborative committee of news media and public safety agency stakeholders to develop and implement a safety training and media access credentialing plan. The plan is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023.

The Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) task force was created in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake in 2011 to manage the marine debris washing up on Oregon shores. The final meeting of the JTMD task force was held on Oct. 29, 2014.