JULY 2018 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 across Multnomah County and beyond.
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EM Quarterly & Hot Weather Tool

Topics at the latest EM Quarterly Meeting included:
  • WEA updates
  • The phased reopening of the Columbia River Scenic Highway
  • Damage Assessment Planning and Regional Recovery Workshop updates, as well as
  • The National Weather Service's new HeatRisk forecast tool


  • FEMA has released a new guide, Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations as a reference for Emergency Managers in the engagement of various community organizations. A lot of groups and outreach techniques not often considered are referenced in the guide. If you would like to engage with faith communities in your area, give our Community Capacity Specialist Justin Ross a call or drop him a line (503-201-5805, justin.ross@multco.us).

  • FEMA's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is available here.
Next Quarterly Emergency Management Meeting

The next Quarterly Emergency Management meeting will take place September 25, 2018 , 1:30-4:00 pm.

Please submit agenda items to  Alice Busch .

We are looking for a host. If you are able to host, please contact Anna Bergman Read more
Multnomah County ARES Membership
Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MCARES) is proud to announce that we have reached our 2018 membership goal: We now have over 100 active members dedicated to community service!

MCARES is an all-volunteer group which provides professional level emergency communication support when normal communications are overwhelmed or interrupted. We serve Multnomah County Emergency Management, providing radio communications to many agencies and shelters throughout the county. MCARES volunteers transmit critical information between these organizations in order to help coordinate response and relief efforts and save lives!

Amateur radio operates independent of existing infrastructure including landline and cell phone systems, internet, broadcast radio and television and the power grid. When all else fails, amateur radio can provide internet-free email and photo image transfer, as well as voice messaging. 

Contributed by MCARES
NIMS Requirement Update

The Federal government has released an update to the previous National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements. This update will see adjustments made to the Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) Annual NIMS Assessment and grant-related forms. Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (MCEM) will be reviewing the update to identify areas for improvement or compliance by the end of the summer, and will initiate necessary conversations at that time.
Here is the NIMS Update for review. Any questions can be directed to the MCEM Training and Exercise Coordinator, Robert Quinn:  robert.quinn@multco.us
Full-Scale Exercise Opportunity

From April 30 th  though May 1 st , 2019 , the Multnomah County government, additional county/city governments in the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), as well as other public and private partners will participate in a full-scale bioterrorism exercise.

The Portland Area Capabilities Exercise (PACE) is a once-every-five-year demonstration of organizational capacity to conduct a medical countermeasures dispensing and distribution campaign and providing life-saving medications to the community. A series of meetings, trainings, and build-up exercises will be offered to participating individuals/organizations for improved preparation to the full-scale exercise. Planning for this exercise will help strengthen working relationships among departments, agencies, and organizations at all levels.

Multnomah County hopes to design an exercise that pushes individual and organization capabilities, test organization capabilities, and identify potential areas for improvements. Anyone interested in participating as an individual or organization during pre-exercise events or the full-scale exercise, please reach out to:

Robert Quinn – Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management ( robert.quinn@multco.us )


Robin Holm – Multnomah County Health Department ( robin.m.holm@multco.us ).
Welcome to our intern!
The MCEM Planning Division will host an intern through the calendar year.  Jaye Cromwell comes to us from PSU where she is a Master of Urban and Regional Planner candidate. Jaye has a strong interest in disaster equity planning, and that will be the focus of her work with us. 

Through the summer she will work on generalizing the Mass Shelter Equity Lens tools to emergency management so they are more easily utilized in all our programs and by other EM programs and jurisdictions. Her second project will be to help complete an Equity Policy for MCEM.  

Jaye's email address is  jaye.cromwell@multco.us .
Events & Workshops
  • 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 on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Click here for more information. Register here.

  • September 17-19, Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA. Join the Oregon Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (ORWARN) for their 2018 conference where national, regional, state and local experts will share steps utilities can take to prepare for major emergencies or hazardous events.  Flyer here.

  • October 9–11, Riverhouse on the Deschutes, Bend, OR: Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) Conference. Join us as public, private sector and non-profit emergency management professionals from throughout the Pacific Northwest network together and learn about the latest trends. Event Information and Registration Link.  
Training Opportunities

  • July 12, Kelso, WA:  AWR-328 All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters.  To register, email Lorraine Churchill ChurchillL@co.cowlitz.wa.us

  • July 13, Kelso, WA:  M:GT-448 All Hazards Planning for Animal, Agricultural, and Food Related Disasters.  To register, email Lorraine Churchill ChurchillL@co.cowlitz.wa.us

  • July 26, Portland, OR: Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Coordinator & Assistant Evaluator Training. Register here. Flyer here.

  • July 31-Aug 2, Eugene, OR: PER-346 Surveillance Detection. Register here. Use your FEMA SID and password to login. Flyer here.

  • August 3, Eugene, OR: AWR-348 Bombing Prevention Awareness. Register here. Use your FEMA SID and password to login. Flyer here.

  • August 14, Portland, OR: AWR-348 Bombing Prevention Awareness. Register here. Use your FEMA SID and password to login. Flyer here.

  • August 15, Portland, OR: PER-339 IED Search Procedures. Register here. Use your FEMA SID and password to login. Flyer here.

  • August 16, Portland, OR: PER-312 Vehicle Borne IED Detection. Register here. Use your FEMA SID and password to login. Flyer here.

  • August 29, Oregon City, OR: AWR-356 Community Planning for Disaster Recovery. Register here. Flyer here.

  • September 10, 8:30am-3:45pm, Rose Quarter, Portland.  DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop. This is not a tactical training course – this course is designed to enhance awareness of, and response to, an active shooter event. Participants will also learn how to incorporate key elements of successful incident management into planning efforts.  Register here, FREE!

  • September 20, 8am-12:30pm, Portland, OR: Emergency/Disaster Deployment Basics. This course will prepare individuals who are interested in performing volunteer operations for the county during local emergencies or disasters for being deployed by the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management. Students will build an understanding of emergency management operations, the Incident Command System (ICS), disaster environments, expectations of disaster service workers, and their safety and well-being during deployment. County staff can register via the Countywide Training Calendar. All others, please email Robert Quinn (robert.quinn@multco.us).

  •  September 26-28, McMinnville, OR: G0288 Local Volunteer and Donations Management /G0489 Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disasters (McMinnville). Register here.

  • November 8-19, Portland, OR: TIP Volunteer Training Academy. The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is hosting a 2-week training for volunteers to serve on their team in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Clark Counties. See the flyer for more info.
Click the button below to see a list of available EM positions.
A dog celebrates Pride.
A dog bedecked in rainbow colors at the Pride parade in June.
Many thanks to REMTEC and Kori Nobel 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 ).