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Emergency management directors gather in Portland today to sign FEMA Integration Team (FIT) agreement to enhance state preparedness and resilience. Left to right: OEM Director Andrew Phelps, FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O'Hare and Interim Director fo
Emergency management directors gather in Portland today to sign FEMA Integration Team (FIT) agreement to enhance state preparedness and resilience. Left to right: OEM Director Andrew Phelps, FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O'Hare and Interim Director fo
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Signs Agreement for FEMA Integration Team in Oregon (Photo) - 06/22/18

PORTLAND – June 22, 2018 – FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare visited Oregon today to meet with Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps to sign an agreement that launches the FEMA Integration Team Program in the state. The FIT program will embed FEMA staff with state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management partners to increase capabilities and build resilience before, during and after disasters. 

The agreement was signed at Portland Bureau of Emergency Management offices in Portland to underscore the partnership between agencies at all levels of government.

“Oregon is proud to be among the nation’s first states to participate in the FIT program,” said Andrew Phelps. “It will enhance our capacity to support Oregonians in disasters and strengthen our relationship with FEMA through onsite collaboration and communication.”

The signing of the agreement is the first step toward implementing the FIT program. Through the embedded FIT staff, FEMA will provide technical assistance, training and coordination support for a range of program areas including, but not limited to, all hazards planning, exercise design and evaluation, access and functional needs or disability integration, grants management, and risk assessment and analysis.  The program is expected to be underway by late fall, 2018.

Seismic Retrofit Classes Help Oregonians Get Ready for Cascadia - 06/14/18

Two information and training sessions on seismic retrofits are scheduled for the Medford area on June 26.

For building owners, building officials, home inspectors, design professionals, home builders, emergency planners, insurers and lenders: 
P-50 and FEMA P-50-1, Simplified Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings

This course presents training on the FEMA P-50 and P-50-1 documents, addressing seismic assessment and retrofit of detached single-family wood-frame dwellings. These documents update and expand to national basis the simplified assessment methodology and retrofit guidelines originally developed for use in the City of Los Angeles following the Northridge earthquake (ATC-50 and ATC-50-1). 

When:             8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 26,  2018   
Location:        Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 155 N 1st St, Central Point, OR 97502
Registration:  Go to https://fema-p50-medford.eventbrite.com

For homeowners:
Will your house stand up to the shaking during Cascadia?  A panel of experts offers information on the impact of earthquakes in your area, how to get a home retrofitted, and how to find a contractor who can do seismic retrofits.

When:           6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 2018      
Location:     
Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 155 N 1st St, Central Point, OR 97502
Registration: Go to:  https://medfordseismic.eventbrite.com

For questions or additional information, please contact Althea Rizzo, izzo@state.or.us">althea.rizzo@state.or.us
 

Preparedness-Minded Youth Sought for FEMA Youth Council - 06/05/18

Are you a student in grades 8-11 who is interested in community service and looking to build a resume?  FEMA Region 10 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska) is establishing a new Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) and looking for a representative from Oregon.

The Region 10 Council brings together youth leaders who are highly engaged in advocating preparedness and making a difference in their communities. The Council members are selected based on their commitment to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as advocates for youth preparedness. FEMA Region 10 is committed to building an inclusive and diverse Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council.

 “This is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a regional council, to complete youth preparedness projects, to voice their opinions on youth disaster preparedness with FEMA Region 10 leadership and partner organizations, and to participate in the Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council Summit,” says Andrew Phelps, director of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management. 

Serving on the Region 10 YPC is a significant responsibility that requires dedication and time-management skills so that members balance school, extracurricular activities and their involvement in the Council. Region 10 YPC members are expected to participate in bi-monthly Regional YPC conference calls and complete one team and one individual preparedness-related project annually that benefits their community. A Council Summit is scheduled for Aug 14-15, 2018, in Lynnwood, WA., and is mandatory meeting for council members.

Applicants must submit a complete application including the application form, one letter of recommendation, academic records and any optional supplemental materials by June 14, 2018 to lic.info@state.or.us">public.info@state.or.us.

Courses Offer Training on Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of Detached Single-Family Wood-Frame Dwellings - 06/01/18

Seats are still available at the upcomning training for FEMA P-50 and FEMA P-50-1, Simplified Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings. The classes, June 7 and June 8, will be held in Salem to help building professionals learn about FEMA P-50 and FEMA P-50-1 - Simplified Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings.

This course will present training on the FEMA P-50 and P-50-1 documents, addressing seismic assessment and retrofit of detached single-family wood-frame dwellings.  These documents update and expand to national basis the simplified assessment methodology and retrofit guidelines originally developed for use in the City of Los Angeles following the Northridge earthquake (ATC-50 and ATC-50-1). The simplified assessment methodology uses a six-page form to assign each dwelling a structural score based on observed dwelling characteristics, a seismic hazard score based on dwelling location and site hazards, and a resulting Seismic Performance Grade between A and D-. The assessment goes on to identify assessed items that could be retrofit and the improved grade that could result with retrofit. The companion FEMA P-50-1 retrofit guidelines document provides details on retrofit of the assessed items.

The target audience for this training includes building owners, building officials, home inspectors, design professionals, home builders, emergency planners, insurers, and lenders.

Classes will be held at Oregon Office of Emergency Management, located in the Anderson Readiness Center at 3225 State St., Room 115, in Salem.

To register for the June 7 training, visit https://fema-p50-june7.eventbrite.com. To register for the June 8 training, visit https://fema-p50-june8.eventbrite.com.  For questions or additional information, please contact Althea Rizzo, Oregon Office of Emergency Management's geologic hazards awareness program coordinator: izzo@state.or.us">althea.rizzo@state.or.us.

 

Emergency Alert Clarification - 05/29/18

Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps address the civil emergency alert issued by OEM. For more information contact public.info@state.or.us.

View the message from director Phelps here: https://www.facebook.com/OMDOEM/videos/1241379372673423/   

Recent "Civil Emergency" Alert from OEM - 05/29/18

At approximately 8:50 p.m., a wireless emergency alert (WEA) was issued by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management. The alert, which was requested by the City of Salem to alert local residents about a drinking water advisory, defaulted to  "civil emergency" verbiage. This was a technology issue which OEM is currently working to learn how and why it happened. Subsequently, a revised/corrected alert was sent to provide appropriate information.  

The information that the public needs to know was posted to the City of Salem website and is offered below. 

OEM understands that the  default message caused concern among residents and is working to learn the issues to be corrected.

From the City of Salem Website: www.cityofsalem.net
Drinking Water Advisory
May 29, 2019

Do Not Drink the Tap Water

Applies to City of Salem, City of TurnerSuburban East Salem Water District and Orchard Heights Water Association

The advisory:  Low levels of cylindrospermopsin and microcystin (cyanotoxins) have been found in treated drining water. These toxins are created by algal blooms in the source of City of Salem drinking water, Detroit Resovoir.

To ensure the greatest quality of drinking water, City of Salem voluntarily samples for such toxins during algal events. Samples were collected on May 23, 2018 and May 25, 2018. Results confirmed the presence of cyanotoxins in the drinking water at levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Cyanotoxins National Drinking Water Health Advisories.

Levels of toxins have been detected in the City of Salem water system that supplies water to City of Salem, City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District and Orchard Heights Water Association.

Children under the age of six, people with compromised immune systems, people receiving dialysis treatment, people with pre-existing liver conditions, pets, pregnant women or nursing mothers, or other sensitivve populations should follow this advisory. At this time people not on this list may continue to drink the water unless additional messaging is received. Please visity cityofsalem.net for the most up-to-date information.

Bottled water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice and preparing food and beverages.