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.
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Program Update

Multnomah County is getting COOPed up! 

One year ago MCEM launched a revamp of our Continuity of Operations of Planning (COOP) Program.  The program is now in full swing with a large number of stakeholders positively engaged.  

How did we get everyone excited about COOP? Click below to find out.
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #1 - Transportation Workshop

Transportation partners from around Multnomah County participated in a workshop event to share organizational structures and related plans/processes. The notes from this meeting and the groups next steps can be found in the attached document.

The MCEM will be completing similar workshop events with each of our ESFs.

Questions about your ESF involvement? Contact
Portland Area Capabilities Exercise (PACE) After-Action Report

In the August newsletter, we provided the Regional After-Action Report and Improvement Plan (AAR-IP). Use the following link to review that document again.

The county exercise planning team has completed its county-specific AAR-IP. This document addressed objectives selected by our local organizations. Readers can view that document here.

Any questions about the document can be sent to (MCEM) or (MCHD).
Brian Fennessy’s “Building a Mission-Driven Culture” PrepTalk
Chief Fennessy, Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire Authority in California, talks about transitioning from a command and control rules-based fire service culture to a mission-driven, intent-based culture. History shows mission-driven organizations are more adaptable, cohesive and efficient than organizations following a command and control model. The PrepTalk video along with additional resources are available here .
Children in Disasters

For those who are interested in joining our child disaster services team, the upcoming Children's Disaster Services Course October 11 & 12, 2019 is a rare opportunity! This $45 overnight class will be held in Portland, OR. Register here .
National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. This year's theme is "Prepared, Not Scared," and each week features a different preparedness topic. MCEM'S Emergency Preparedness page has info on preparing and planning for a v ariety of disasters. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Alice Busch ( , 971-563-3051).
Grant Awards!

Multnomah County organizations received a few State Homeland Security Program  SHSP Grants . One of these grants was written to help identify roles and responsibilities related to Children and Disasters. This project will begin in Fall 2019. Point of Contact: Lisa Corbly, Planning Division Chief (, 503-988-8372).  
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

The annual International Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will take place this year on October 17th. This is a wonderful opportunity for schools, organizations, businesses, and individuals to practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold on!" together as a community. Check out the ShakeOut webpage for more info about the drill and how to participate.
Events & Workshops
  • September 4, Salem, OR: Oregon Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) & Situational Awareness Workshop. Register here.
  • September 9, 10:15-11:45 am, webinar: Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days. Register here.
  • September 10, October 8, November 12, webinar series: Making Mitigation Work. Topics and more info here.
  • September 10-11, Portland, OR: FBI-CDC Radiological Awareness & Response Workshop. View the flyer here. Register here.
  • September 12-13, Portland, OR: Cascadia Electrical Power Resilience Symposium. More info here.
  • September 19, Renton, WA: Tri-County CCTA Re-Unification Plan Seminar. Register here.
  • October 5, 12 & 13. Portland, OR: Train the Trainer Preparedness Workshop. View the flyer here. Participants must be fluent in English and at least one other language.
  • October 7-10, Eugene, OR: OEMA 2019 Conference. Register here.
  • October 11-12, Portland, OR: Children's Disaster Services Volunteer Workshop. View the informational flyer here. Register here.
  • 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

  • September 9, Portland, OR: AWR-228 Community Resilience. Register here.
  • September 9, Salem, OR: Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101 Train-the-Trainer (TtT) Training. Register here.
  • September 10, Portland, OR: AWR-356 Community Planning for Disaster Recovery. Register 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 18 & 25, Portland, OR: Planning Section in the EOC and DOC. View the flyer here.
  • September 23-25, Newport, OR: ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents. Register here.
  • September 23-27, Hillsboro, OR: Field Command Course. Flyer and instructions for registering available here.
  • 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.
  • September 27-29, Washington County, OR: ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents. Register here.
  • September 30, Newport, OR: Community Planning for Disaster Recovery (AWR-356). Register here.
  • September 30 - October 4, Salem, OR: Search Management in Oregon Initial Operations. More info and registration here.
  • October 1-3, Salem, OR: G0290 Basic Public Information Officers Course and G0291 Joint Information System/Center Planning for Tribal, State, and Local Public Information Officers. Register here.
  • October 5-6, Washington County, OR: ICS-400 Advanced ICS. Register here.
  • October 8, Salem, OR: Essentials of Community Cybersecurity (AWR-136). Register here.
  • October 8-9, Salem, OR: Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents (MGT-384). Register here.
  • October 8-10, McMinnville, OR: MGT-346 EOC Operations and Planning for All-Hazards Events. Register here.
  • October 15, Gleneden Beach, OR: MGT-403 Access and Functional Needs Preparedness Planning for Rural Communities. To Register: email
  • November 6, Lakewood, WA: Tri-County CCTA Re-Unification Table Top Exercise. Register here.
Volunteer with us!
Interested in volunteering with the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management? Click on the button below or contact Alice Busch ( with questions.
Click the button below to see a list of available Emergency Management positions.
The First Quarterly Preparedness Advocates Workshop took place Sept. 3rd. See the Events & Workshops section above for details about an upcoming Train the Trainer event in October!
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 ( ).

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