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BDS and City-Wide Emergency Exercise

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services


Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

September is National Preparedness Month and this year the theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” On Tuesday, September 30th, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will participate in a wide-scale disaster exercise being sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. As part of the City’s emergency response efforts, BDS is the lead City agency for performing and coordinating the damage assessment work on buildings and structures located on private property to ensure that they are safe for re-occupancy. Accordingly, approximately one hundred BDS employees will be involved in the September 30th exercise, working in roles ranging from direct damage assessment to logistical coordination and communications. This will provide a crucial opportunity for BDS employees to practice skills and processes that will be used during a real emergency, including coordination with other bureaus and jurisdictions. BDS is committed to this work, which is clearly aligned with our mission.

While, a large number of employees will play a role in the exercise, the time dedicated to each person’s portion is relatively minimal. Therefore, we do not expect any significant impact to service levels during the September 30th emergency preparedness event.

Preparing for emergencies is an ongoing process for organizations, families, and individuals. You can find resources to start (or continue) your own planning at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s website. You can also sign up to receive important safety information during an emergency at

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