MARCH 2019
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.
A person on a bridge looking down at the Sandy River during a past flood.
Flood Awareness Month

March is Flood Awareness Month. Flooding in Oregon can happen any time of year, but winter and spring are especially susceptible seasons. Check out these resources below to learn more and to stay informed:

  • The Oregon Office of Emergency Management recently released an online tool that shows how many stream gauges are nearing flood stage or are experiencing some level of flooding. The tool also includes an interactive map.
  • Clackamas County produced an excellent four-part video series with topics on the Sandy River Basin Flood History, Channel Migration, Habitat Preservation, and Flood Insurance.
  • For more information on flooding risks and preparedness, please visit our Flooding and Landslides page.
Modernizing IPAWS

The National Advisory Council (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee released  Modernizing the Nation’s Public Alert and Warning System . The report provides recommendations to build a more robust and responsive integrated public alert and warning system with the goal of improving the reach and reliability of IPAWS for the benefit of all. The report consists of 14 critical recommendations on common alert and warning protocols, standards, technology, and operating procedures.
Next Quarterly Emergency Management Meeting

The next Quarterly Emergency Management meeting will take place April 23, 2019, 9:00-11:30 a.m. at Gresham City Hall's Conference Center ( 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, OR 97030).

Please submit agenda items to Alice Busch ( ) .
Winter Weather Activation

The month of February brought this winter's first activation of Winter Weather Disaster Resource Centers , and MCEM's EOC was at enhanced activation to support these centers from February 8 - 12, 2019. A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who assisted, whether in the EOC or at one of the warming centers. Participant feedback is vital to helping us improve. For participants who have not already done so, please take a few minutes to provide feedback in this online survey .
Equity in Emergency Management Follow-up

The video of the Equity in Emergency Management panel discussion is available online. And Metroscape magazine published an article on the topic as well.
FEMA's Latest PrepTalk

FEMA and partners have released a new PrepTalk: " Saving Lives After a Nuclear Detonation ." Additional materials and the Q&A session are also available here .
FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Camp

FEMA Region 10 is seeking 40 high school aged youth representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska to be selected to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp in Washington in August 2019. Applications are due by March 15th .
Events & Workshops

  • Wednesdays in March @ 12:00 pm: FEMA Weekly EMI e-Forums. More information available on this flyer.
  • March 10, 2:00 pm, Tigard, OR: Drones: An Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft. More info here.
  • March 11-12, Portland, OR: Regional Recovery Conference. Visit the conference webpage for more details, or contact Laura Hanson with any questions.
  • March 13, 10:00 - 12:00: Multnomah County Communications Professionals Meeting (Metro 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232, Room 401). This meeting is open to any communications professional providing services in Multnomah County. Take the survey. To be added to the PIO/Communications Professionals list, send your contact information to:
  • March 19-21, Bend, OR: Oregon Emergency Preparedness Workshop. This year's theme is Redefining Emergency Management in Oregon. Click here for more info. Register here.
  • March 20-22, Bend, OR: 2019 Oregon Criminal Justice Conference. View the event brochure or download the registration form, or contact Chuck Cogburn at 503-932-1771.
  • March 28 @ 10:00 AM: Emerging Technologies Webinar. More info and sign-up here.
  • April 12, Silverton, OR: Oregon's Public Risk Management Association will be holding their annual Spring Educational Session, with the theme Emergency Management and Preparedness. Register here.
  • April 13-14, Seattle, WA: Communications Academy 2019: Communications Response to Catastrophic Events. More details available here.
  • May 4: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. To learn more, please visit the National Fire Protection Association page here.
  • July 19-20, 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

County-Led Training/Exercise Opportunities
  • March 28, 8:00 am, Portland, OR: Emergency Operations Center: Planning Section Training. (Open to County staff only). Registration is through Workday.
  • April 11, 8:00 am, Multnomah Building: An Introduction to Points of Dispensing (POD) Operations. Registration for county staff is through Workday.
  • March 7, 9:00 am, Tigard, OR: Advanced Infant Feeding in Emergencies: Relactation. For more info and to register, click here.
  • March 9, Portland, OR: Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is holding a Basic Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training. The first class is on March 9. Please find more information and reserve a seat here.
  • March 9-10, Aurora, OR: ICS-400 Advanced ICS Command and General Staff - Complex Incidents. Prerequisite: IS-300, Cost: $5.00 per person. Pre-register by sending an email to
  • March 13-14, Salem, OR: L0956 All-Hazards Position Specific Liaison Officer. Register here.
  • March 15, 9:00 am, Portland, OR: Advanced Infant Feeding in Emergencies Train the Trainer: Relactation. For more info and to register, click here.
  • March 16-23, Anniston, AL: Center for Domestic Preparedness Tribal Nations Training Week. Contact David Hall at FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness.
  • March 25-29, Salem, OR: Type 3 AHIMT Training Course. Register here.
  • March 26, Eugene, OR: MGT-347 ICS Forms Review. This course is just prior to the beginning of the ICS 300 course. To Register:
  • March 26-28, Eugene, OR: MGT-904 ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents. To register:
  • April 1-5, Salem, OR: L0967 All-Hazards Position Specific Logistics Section Chief. Register here.
  • April 8-10, Salem, OR: L0969 All-Hazards Position Specific Communications Unit Leader. Register here.
  • April 22-24, Salem, OR: L0962 All-Hazards Position Specific Planning Section Chief. Register here.
  • April 29-May 2, Central Point, OR: L0273 Managing Floodplain Development through the Nat’l Flood Insurance Program. CFM exam on 5/3. To apply, complete FEMA form 119-25-1. For additional information, contact Michelle Schemling.
  • May 6-8, Salem, OR: L0958 All-Hazards Position Specific Operations Section Chief. Register here.
  • May 13-17, Salem, OR: L0952 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Public Information Officer. Register here.
  • July 16-18, Corvallis, OR: MGT-346 EOC Operations and Planning for All Hazards. Register here.
Click the button below to see a list of available Emergency Management positions.
Volunteer with us!
Interested in volunteering with the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management? Click on the button below or contact Justin Ross ( with questions.
MCEM Director Chris Voss at a City Club Friday Forum on "The Big One" in February.
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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