JUNE 2019 multco.us/em
Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management Monthly Newsletter
Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (MCEM) compiles this monthly email to provide information related to emergency management activities.
Eagle Creek Burn Area Subscription Updates

The U.S Forest Service has launched The Scene , a newsletter that will run weekly until mid-September to bring local partners peak season updates from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s Forest Service unit. The Scene will replace last year’s Post-Eagle Creek Fire monthly updates and the trail reports that we used to run weekly during peak season.

To subscribe, contact Rachel Pawlitz (U.S. Forest Service) at rachel.pawlitz@usda.gov.
Extreme Heat Awareness

As the temperatures begin to rise, it's important to remember how to keep yourself and others safe in the heat.

Multnomah County's Help for When It's Hot page offers hot weather tips and information, and an interactive map of Cool Spaces .
Wildfire Urban Interface Toolkit

Utilize the following Wildfire Urban Interface Toolkit to become more informed, and better prepared for potential wildfire events.
Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness Efforts

Multnomah County Emergency Management (MCEM) and Sheriff's Office (MCSO) are working to improve our evacuation tools and resources, based on lessons learned from the California wildfires and our own local incidents. We are reaching out to partners across Multnomah County, and into our neighboring jurisdictions, to collaborate on topics such as: mapping, communications, public information, evacuation packets, Disaster Resource Centers/Sheltering, and more. 

Tabletop exercise events and workshop opportunities are already on our agenda! Many have already shared contact information for people in their jurisdiction and discipline that they would like included, if you are interested in participating in this effort, please contact: Alice.busch@multco.us and we will add you to our group list!
Job Opportunity: PPS

The Portland Public Schools (PPS) is hiring a Business Continuity Planner to develop and implement business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analysis, strategy selection, and documentation of business continuity and disaster recovery procedures. Plan, conduct, and debrief at least one regular mock-disaster exercises to test the adequacy of the plan and strategies. This is a Short Duration Position ending June 30, 2020.

Upcoming Community Involvement Workshops

The Oregon emergency preparedness community is hosting two (2) community involvement workshops this June. The focus of each workshop is:

  • June 7: Accessible Communications Workshop 
  • June 18: Inclusive Emergency Planning Workshop

Please review the following informational document about the events.

Note: Workshop flyers are linked to the date listed above.
Pet Preparedness

Along with Extreme Heat, the month of June also has a national focus on Pet Preparedness . Animals are affected by disasters just as we are. If you have pets or livestock, you should be prepared to take care of them in an emergency
Events & Workshops
  • June 5, Portland, OR: How to Include Business in Community Resilience Planning. View the flyer here. Register here.
  • June 7, Portland, OR: Multilingual Emergency Communication Workshop. To register, click here or contact Justin Ross, justin.ross@multco.us.
  • June 7 @ 11:00 AM, Webinar: Critical Partners; Emergency Managers and Healthcare Coalitions. Register here.
  • June 14-15, Portland, OR: National Volunteer Fire Council Training Summit. Register here.
  • June 18, Salem, OR: Oregon Inclusive Emergency Planning Workshop: Help emergency planning across Oregon become more fully inclusive of people who experience disabilities. For more information and to register, click here.
  • June 20, Portland, OR: ShakeAlert & Schools - Educational Symposium. View flyer for more details and registration info.
  • July 18-20, Portland, OR: URM Seismic Resilience Symposium. View the website for the agenda, speaker info, and registration. 
  • November 15-20, Savannah, GA: International Association of Emergency Managers 67th Annual Conference. Opportunities for breakout speakers are available. Applications for speakers are due by February 15th. For more info, please click here.
Training & Exercise Opportunities

  • June 6-7, Wilsonville, OR: Incident Commander Role Specific Workshop. Free. View the flyer here.
  • June 6-8, Salem, OR: L0958 NIMS All Hazards Operations Section Chief. Register here.
  •  June 10, Portland, OR: PER-333 Isolation and Quarantine Response Strategies in the Event of a Biological Disease Outbreak in Tribal Nations. Register here.
  • June 10-13, Salem, OR: L0963 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Planning Section Chief Train-the-Trainer. View the flyer here. Register here.
  • June 12-13, Wilsonville, OR: Planning Section Chief Role Specific Workshop. Free. View the flyer here.
  • June 13-14, Warrenton, OR: 2019 Pathfinder Exercise. The exercise organizers are seeking volunteers to participate as victim actors. View the flyer here.
  • June 17-19, Willamina, OR: ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents. View the flyer here. Register here.
  • July 16-18, Corvallis, OR: MGT-346 EOC Operations and Planning for All Hazards. Register here.
  • July 19-20, Portland, OR: URM Seismic Resilience Symposium. View the agenda, speaker info, and registration information here.
  • September 17-18, St. Helens, OR: PER-335 Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks. View the flyer here. Register here. Registration Password: NCBRT335
  • September 24, Oregon City, OR: Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management AWR-345. This course needs 30 to register by August 30th. View the flyer here. Register here.
Volunteer with us!
Interested in volunteering with the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management? Click on the button below or contact Justin Ross ( justin.ross@multco.us) with questions.
Click the button below to see a list of available Emergency Management positions.
An MCEM Preparedness Advocates training, May 29.
Many thanks to RDPO for compiling many of the events, trainings, and job items listed in this newsletter.
Have something you'd like to include in one of our future newsletters? We'd love to hear from you! To have your upcoming trainings, exercises, events, or other announcements added, please reach out to Robert Quinn ( robert.quinn@multco.us ).

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