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.
National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

  • Week 1: Sept 1-8: Make and Practice Your Plan

  • Week 2: Sept 9-15*: Learn Life Saving Skills
*September 15 is a National Day of Action

  • Week 3: Sept 16-22: Check Your Insurance Coverage

  • Week 4: Sept 23-29: Save For an Emergency

RDPO Updated Work Plan

The RDPO's updated “high level” work plan encompasses all UASI and RDPO grant-funded projects and other major activities and initiatives that align with the 2017-2021 RDPO Strategic Plan. Funding for this period includes nearly $10.5 million in UASI grants and RDPO project funds (local partner contributions).

The plan can be viewed here .
FEMA Podcast

The FEMA Podcast is a new audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters. Emergency management professionals and the general public are encouraged to listen in and to follow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where you can join the conversation every time a new episode is posted. To submit ideas for a FEMA podcast topic, send an email to:

The podcast website link is 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
Nationwide IPAWS Test

There will be a nationwide test of the Integrated public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Thursday, Sept. 20 . IPAWS encompasses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). The test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers. The EAS portion of the test will occur at 11:18 a.m . Pacific Time (2:18 p.m. EDT); the WEA portion will occur at 11:20 a.m . Pacific Time (2:20 p.m. EDT).
A short fact sheet is posted to the OEM Website home page with information about the test that might help to answer immediate questions. Additional information is available here .
Oregon Chaplains Academy

The Oregon Chaplains Academy (OCA) is pleased to announce that a First Responder Chaplain training academy launched in Oregon earlier this year...  Read more

Contributed by Oregon Chaplains Academy
Sheriff's Office Employee Wellness Initiative
Sheriff Reese has announced the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Employee Wellness Initiative. Intended to be an ongoing effort, this program will look for ways to help staff take care of themselves physically and emotionally, and maintain a healthy outlook and attitude in spite of the challenges faced in public safety service. Read more about the initiative here .

Contributed by MCSO
Troutdale Partner Travels Across the Country to Improve Town's Preparedness

A jolt of excitement ran through me as I disembarked my plane at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. I had arrived for my first FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC). It had been a long journey from Troutdale, OR for a weeklong course focused on FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partnership (CTP) program, a program that allows communities and other agencies to partner with FEMA in flood hazard mapping and all-hazards risk reduction campaigns. Troutdale recently joined the CTP ranks, and is one of only a very small number of communities in Oregon to have received this distinction.... Continue reading  

Contributed by Ryan Krueger, City of Troutdale
Events & Workshops
  • September 4, Portland, OR: Multnomah County Health Department; Integrated Clinical Services (ICS) Leadership Active Attacker Exercise.

  • 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.

  • September 17, 18, 19, Portland, OR: The Federal Executive Board is hosting 3 professional development workshops: The Bamboo Principle - The 7 Roots of Peak Performance; Front & Center - Effective Communication & Presentation Skills for Meetings Large and Small; and Performance Coaching and Mentoring. Please see the flyer for more information.

  • September 26, Longview, WA: Crisis Communication Workshop. Internationally acclaimed emergency media experts will be offering a program illustrating how to Manage the Message before, during and after crisis. Space is limited. Please see the attached flyer for registration details and more information.

  • 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.  

  • December 3-4, Newport, OR: The Oregon Tsunami Conference. This is a great opportunity to learn the latest information on tsunami preparedness and mitigation on the Oregon coast. Register here.
Training Opportunities

  • 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 18-19, McMinnville, OR: G0318 Mitigation Planning Workshop. See the flyer for more info. Register here.

  • 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 6, Lincoln County: MGT-347 ICS Forms Review. See the flyer for more info. Register here.

  • November 6-8, Lincoln County: MGT-904 ICS 300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents. See the flyer for more info. 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.

  • November 28, Lincoln County: AWR-319 Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessment. See the flyer for more info. Register here.

  • December 3-7, Lynnwood, WA: National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA). The NEMAA Program, offered by FEMA Region X, consists of four (4), five (5) day courses held in four (4) separate months. The other dates are January 14-18, March 25-29, May 20-24. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2018. Please see the flyer for more info and registration details.

  • January 15-16, Lincoln County: MGT-905 ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command System for Command And General Staff – Complex Incidents. See the flyer for more info. Register here.
Click the button below to see a list of available EM positions.
A performance at the Asian Health Center ribbon cutting in August.
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 ( ).