OCTOBER 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.
The Great ShakeOut

Every October the largest earthquake drill in the world is held and you are invited to participate! On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m. please take a minute to practice and ensure that you know how to protect yourself during an earthquake. Go to The Great ShakeOut to officially register for the drill and to find out more info. The drill is for everyone.  This graphic shows how people with limited mobility can actively participate.

Earthquake Country has some valuable tips on what to do if there isn’t something nearby for you to crawl under. FEMA also has a great document titled “ Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt ” that can help you identify what things in your house may be of danger during an earthquake. 
Need funding for a project?

If you have a great project concept but need funding for it, the RDPO projects pipeline is worth exploring! September 18, 2018, marked the kickoff date for the 2019 RDPO project application process, more commonly known as the “Projects Pipeline .” This process is the vehicle used by the RDPO to develop, prioritize, and approve projects in preparation for upcoming funding opportunities. Applications should be submitted no later than December 10. To read more about the application process, schedule, and instructions, please click here.

The application packet and additional materials are available here.
Nationwide IPAWS Test

The nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) has been rescheduled . It will now occur on Wednesday, Oct. 3 . 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; the WEA portion will occur at 11:20 a.m . Pacific Time. Read more .

Frequently Asked Questions are available in 6 additional languages on our website - please help us get these documents to organizations and groups who can help spread the word!
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My PI Oregon - Preparing youth & their communities for disasters

Oregon is part of a national grant that provides resources to train adults who then will each reach 15-20 young people with preparedness, response, career exploration, and community service lessons. This is a one-time grant, therefore the training will only occur once and that is November 6-8, 2018. Read more .

At this point we are only ½ way to the commitment needed to hold this training.  Please reach out to lynette.black@oregonstate.edu with questions and to register by Oct 15th .
New BOEC team member

Mike Grimm has been hired as the new Emergency Management Coordinator for BOEC:

I’ve come from the operations side after 18 years of dispatching and taken the reigns on our EM Coordinator position. The position has been vacant for a couple of years and I have A LOT to do, but I’m enjoying the challenge and drinking heavily from the fire hose of information! I’m very much interested in getting into any regional meetings and groups that may have an impact on BOEC or the city/county as a whole. My biggest objective right now is getting our COOP plan up to speed and working on squaring away our back up site.

Contributed by Mike Grimm
Events & Workshops
  • 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.  


  • November 3, 8:30am - approx. 2:30pm, Portland, OR: TriMet will be conducting a Full Scale Exercise to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements and test the emergency response capability of the WES service crews and area first responders. They would love to have volunteer role players to sit on a WES train so that the crew can practice taking care of passengers and coordinating care with first responders. The location and some other details are still being finalized. Please reach out to Alexander Ubiadas (ubiadasa@trimet.org) for more information and to participate.

  • 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

  • October 11-12, 8:00am-5:00pm both days, Kennewick, WA.  G0386 Mass Fatality Incident Response Course.  This course prepares state and local response personnel and other responsible agencies and professionals to handle mass fatalities effectively and to work with the survivors in an emergency or disaster.  Register here.    

  • October 18, 8:30am-4:30pm, Seattle, WA.  Pandemic Influenza and Workplace Preparedness.  This course covers recognizing hazards and risks associated with a pandemic influenza event and developing strategies to assist a business, community, or family with realistic preparation for a pandemic event. Course topics include potential impact of a pandemic influenza event on a business and community, critical elements of a preparedness plan, and realistic strategies for supporting continuity of business. Course is $250, register here 


  • October 23-25, McMinnville, OR: ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents. Register here.

  • October 25, McMinnville, OR: MGT-347 Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Review. 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. 

  • October 31-November 1, Renton, WA:  Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) Training & Qualification. The FAST concept is designed to support people with access and functional needs so they can remain in a general population shelter. The training for this course is designed to prepare individuals to respond and deploy to shelters in times of disaster. Visit here for more information. Email application or send questions/requests to serina.mcwha@piercecountywa.gov 

  • October 31 - November 2, Portland, OR: ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents. Oregon Office of Emergency Management will issue course certificates to participants that provide all prerequisite certificates, complete the course, and pass the test. Register here.

  • 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 8-19, Portland, OR: TIP TEEN Volunteer Training Academy. The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is hosting a training for Teen volunteers to serve in schools and in the community. See the flyer for more info.

  • November 14, Portland, OR: ATC-20 Procedures for Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings - FULL DAY. Recommended if you have never taken ATC-20 or took it more than 3 years ago. Register here (11/14 class).

  • November 15, Portland, OR: ATC-20 Procedures for Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings - REFRESHER HALF DAY. Recommended if you have already taken the course and are certified with Oregon Building Codes Division but want to refresh on the basics. Register here (11/15 class).

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



  • November 29, Portland, OR: CalOES Safety Assessment Program Coordinator and Assistant Evaluator Training. Recommended if you are not eligible to be a certified post-earthquake building inspector but may be an assistant or coordinator to them. 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.
Jobs
Click the button below to see a list of available EM positions.
Multnomah County Veterans' Services tokens at the Portland Veterans Stand Down on September 11.
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 ).