The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) works in the five mission areas of emergency management: Prevention, Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.
Following a disaster, it is possible that federal disaster assistance, either individual assistance or public assistance, will become available.
OEM provides grant opportunities to local and tribal jurisdictions that support preparedness and mitigation for these entities. These grant opportunities primarily are funded by FEMA.
Emergencies often overwhelm the capability of local governments and cross jurisdictional boundaries. Intergovernmental coordination is essential for the protection of lives, property, the environment, and incident stabilization. This cooperation is essential for the maximum use of available resources. This cooperation occurs through Mutual Aid Agreements.
The Oregon Emergency Preparedness Workshop provides the opportunity for partners in emergency management, public safety, and health preparedness to network, learn new lessons and best practices, and information on programs and current issues related to all phases of emergency management.
The Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) is a 24/7 response system that gives local and tribal jurisdictions a way to get hold of the state during times of emergency or disasters to request assistance.
OEM uses several types of documents to assess plans used to respond and mitigate threats and hazards that the state faces. These documents can be found at our Plans and Assessments page.
Exercises play a vital role in national preparedness by enabling whole community stakeholders to test and validate plans and capabilities, and identify both capability gaps and areas for improvement.
Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates national training programs and provides training services throughout the state. These instruction programs enhance capabilities of the response communities for all hazards.
OEM has created several toolkits to help local and tribal emergency managers with developing continuity of operations plans and communicating hazard-specific disaster event information.