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.
Multnomah County Auditor Reviews Eagle Creek Fire Response

On Thursday, July 26, the Multnomah County Auditor's Office presented their findings of the Eagle Creek Fire Response Operations to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. This Audit gathered information through digital surveys, in-person interviews, and by a review of numerous plans and procedures provided to them by the Office of Emergency Management. The audit provided several recommendations for improvement and complimented the office on numerous occasions. The Auditor stated the Emergency Management Office filled their role well, and “Many who participated in the EOC were impressed with the Office’s leadership, effort, and proactive approach.” To see specific findings from the Audit and how the Office responded, please review the two documents below:

On-Scene Incident Command Experience

Want real-world incident management experience? Shadow the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Incident Management Team during their response to wildfire incidents this summer. To learn about this program, please review the Program Participant Guide and direct questions to our Training and Exercise Coordinator, Robert Quinn .
Behind the Scenes: Planning and Response in the Portland Metro Region

The Medical Reserve Corp has created a video to learn about the people and organizations that respond to emergencies and how they work together. While the video is geared towards MRC's volunteers, it's a great introduction for anyone interested in response efforts. Click the video link above to view.
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
Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program

The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) is a state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities. Public K‐12 school districts, community colleges, and education service districts are eligible for the grant program. For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. A new application round began July 2, 2018, and closes November 16, 2018, at 5:00 pm. There will be $75 million for school projects and $10 million for emergency service projects. The maximum award for the seismic program has been updated to $2.5 million per building. For more information and to apply, please click here.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office News
Sergeant Brandon White will serve as MCSO's new PIO.
The MCSO Reserve Deputy Program has been bolstered with the addition of 17 new Reserve Deputy Sheriffs.
MCSO Citizen Patrol recently received a grant, and new members are joining the team.
Contributed by MCSO and MCSO Citizen Patrol
MCEM's SummerWorks intern!

Brandon is interning as an emergency management specialist at the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management. As an emergency management specialist, Brandon helps in staff projects and coordinates with fellow interns. Before working as an intern, Brandon worked as an apprentice mechanic and a busser at a restaurant. He is also part of an organization called YEJA which advocates for free bus passes for students in the East Portland area. Brandon hopes to gain insight on how public and private offices function out of the internship.
Events & Workshops
  • August 8, online. Confronting Cyber Threats in an Interconnected World. Route Fifty's special digital event will explore the future of cybersecurity. Register here to watch the livestream or for access to a recording of the event.

  • August 11, St Helens, OR. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Emergency Management Course.  This course provides an overview of the technology, regulation and applications of drones. Presentations in the morning will be followed by demonstrations and flight training in the afternoon. The course is for Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) and Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) members to assist in integrating drones into disaster preparedness, emergency management, recovery, and post-disaster planning. Maximum attendance of 25, register here.

  • COMING SOON! 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

  • 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 11-13, Salem, OR. L0426 Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training. To Register: Complete FEMA 119-25-1 form and submit to your State Training Officer - see flyer for contact information.

  • 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 (

  • September 25, 6pm – 7:30pm, Portland.  American Red Cross “Prepare out Loud” event. FREE! This event includes a Preparedness Fair before and after the presentation and is in partnership with the KGW Keeping You Safe Campaign. Montgomery Park – Bill Naito Company 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, 97210

  • September 26, 6pm – 7:30pm Gresham.  American Red Cross “Prepare out Loud” event. FREE! This event includes a Preparedness Fair before and after the presentation and is in partnership with the KGW Keeping You Safe Campaign. Mt. Hood Community College 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030

  • September 27, 6pm – 7:30pm Sherwood.  American Red Cross “Prepare out Loud” event. FREE! This event includes a Preparedness Fair before and after the presentation and is in partnership with the KGW Keeping You Safe Campaign. Sherwood Center for the Arts 22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140

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

  • October 30 - November 1, 8am-5pm, Salem, OR.  L0141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills. This three day course addresses the practicalities of conducting successful interactions, managing the classroom experience, and making presentations. It covers the basics of adult learning and of training evaluation for those wanting more experience in this area. Course is FREE.  Register here. Once registered, please submit completed FEMA Form 119-25-1 application to Karen Layng.  See flyer for more information. 

  • 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.
Construction of the Health Department Headquarters in July.
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 ( ).