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Program Overview

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is committed to ensuring its programs and services are culturally and linguistically appropriate in response to any emergency that may affect the state and its residents.

The Equity, Inclusion and Language Access Program consults, advises, trains and provides policy development in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity, equal opportunity and affirmative action for emergency preparedness agencies across the state of Oregon.

OEM values equity and inclusion principles to ensure the state’s diverse populations feel empowered to provide feedback on how its services can be improved before, during and throughout the recovery phases of an emergency.


Our equity, inclusion, and diversity goals include:

  • Reducing and eliminating barriers, inequities, and disparities to diverse populations regarding access to services and information during an emergency.
  • Ensuring a welcoming and supportive environment where the voices and recommendations of members of the community, community-based organizations, leaders, community partners, and staff are heard.
  • Partnering with communities, businesses, and emergency preparedness agencies to ensure meaningful access to services to people with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and persons with functional needs.
  • Building partnerships with diverse communities.
  • Increase the diversity of our staff by creating strategies for recruitment, retention, and promotion.
  • Increasing the diversity of our vendors and suppliers.

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