MAY 2018
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 across Multnomah County and beyond.
Alice Busch addressing stakeholders
Next Quarterly Emergency Management Meeting

The next Quarterly Emergency Management meeting will take place May 22, 2018, 9:30-11:30 am.

Please submit agenda items to Alice Busch .

We are looking for a host. Read more
Reunification Plan

In 2018 MCEM will begin developing a Reunification Plan. If you're interested in participating in this important project, please contact our new planner, Jasmine Avgerakis (more on Jasmine, along with her contact info, below).
A new DOGAMI study examines Multnomah County landslide hazard and risk. Learn More
Emergency Management Volunteer and Internship Application
Join our team as one of our Community Outreach Assistants Volunteers! Apply to become an intern or volunteer with Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management.


Please help us provide a warm welcome to our newest team member, Jasmine Avgerakis.
Jasmine, an Emergency Management Planner, comes to us from Mercy Corps where she has supported multiple international humanitarian and emergency relief efforts. She holds a Masters of International Management from Portland State University and a B.A. in Cognitive Science with a Minor in Music from Indiana University. She has a background in Program Management, Logistics, and Process Development.
She has managed emergency programs and supported relief efforts in post-flood areas of Colombia (2011-12), Nepal Earthquake (2015), Refugee Migration in Greece (2015), post-conflict areas of Juba, South Sudan (2016), Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2016), Drought in Somalia (2017), Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017). Email:  Desk phone:  503.988.8182  Cell phone:  503.200.7364
Events & Workshops
  • May 2 - 10Engagement Session – “How can you help the region recover from future disasters?”  The 5 counties that make up the Portland Metro Region (Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington) are working with the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) to develop a Regional Recovery Framework. This Framework will help identify how to build back better and stronger following a disaster. Ten sessions will be held between May 2 - May 10th.  Register here for a session.  Click here to view the flyer. 

  • May 9-10, Tillamook, OR: Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Workshop. This is a two-day workshop that takes you through the life cycle of a Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant from proposal to closeout. Any and all interested persons are welcome! Full agenda will be available closer to the event and will be sent to those who have RSVP’d. RSVP by sending email to angie.lane@state.or.usFlyer here. 

  • June 25-29, Los Angeles, CA: 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering – integrating science, engineering, & policy. Hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Institute (EERI), over 1200 presentations over the four day period.  Conference Program & Registration.

  • July 8-11, Broomfield, CO: 43rd Annual Natural Hazards Workshop, with the program focusing on this year's theme "Twenty Questions: Looking for Answers to Reduce Disaster Risk." Registration is now open and will be on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited, so please register before May 22—after that the early bird deadline will expire and prices will go up. Click here for more information. Register here.
Training Opportunities

  • May 8, Bend, OR:  MGT 405 Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster.  Register here 

  • May 14, Tigard, OR. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: The National Weather Service Portland office will be conducting its SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training at the city of Tigard Public Works Building Auditorium, which is located at 8777 SW Burnham Street in Tigard. The training is free and open to anyone wanting to become a volunteer weather spotter as well as to current weather spotters wanting refresher training. An RSVP is not required.

  • May 21-22, Vancouver, WA:  ICS-400 Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff.  Course information and registration  You may sign up for the course without an account from WA State EM; make sure you have prerequisites complete as certificated must be loaded into system at registration. 

  • May 21-24, 2018, Salem, OR: L0953 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Public Information Officer Train-the-Trainer. To register, email application package (see announcement) to: This is a Train-the-Trainer course for qualified Public Information Officers that wish to become an instructor. See announcement for qualifications.

  • June 22, Canyonville, OR.  DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop. Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, The Oregon Tribal Coalition and the National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection, within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, are hosting a one-day Security Workshop to enhance awareness of, and response to, an active shooter event.  Click here to view flyer. 

  • June 25-26, Newport, OR:  ICS-300 for Expanding Incidents.  Register here.  
Click the button below to see a list of available EM positions.
The Morrison Bridge lit green and blue for Earth Day.
Many thanks to REMTEC and Kori Nobel for compiling many of the events, trainings, and job items listed in this newsletter.