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3.124.010 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)  The following definitions apply to Chapters 3.124 through 3.126:

A.  “Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)” means a written document that describes the City’s overall emergency management plan.  A CEMP specifies the purpose, organization, responsibilities and facilities of the agencies and officials of the City in the mitigation of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters. 

B.  “Director” means the director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

C.  “Emergency” means any natural, technological or human-made, event or circumstance causing or threatening: widespread loss of life, injury to persons or property, human suffering or financial loss, including but not limited to fire, explosion, flood, severe weather, landslides or mud slides, drought, earthquake, volcanic activity, tsunamis or other oceanic phenomena, spills or releases of oil or hazardous material, contamination, utility or transportation emergencies, disease, blight, infestation, civil disturbance, riot, sabotage, acts of terrorism and war.   

D.  “EmergencyCoordinationCenter(ECC)” means the centralized location where local officials gather during an emergency to coordinate emergency response activities and implement direction from the Mayor. 

E.  “Emergency Management” means an approach to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents.

F.  “Emergency Notices” means information that is disseminated primarily in anticipation of or during an emergency.  In addition to providing situational information to the public, it frequently provides directive actions required to be taken by the general public.

G.  “Emergency Plan” means an ongoing plan for responding to a wide variety of potential hazards.

H.  “Incident” means an occurrence, natural or human-made, that requires a response to protect life or property in an emergency.

I.  “National Incident Management System” (NIMS) means the Federal Government’s standardized framework of doctrines, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes for emergency management.