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Commissioner Steve Novick

Official Website for Commissioner Steve Novick

Phone: 503-823-4682

fax: 503-823-4019

1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

FY 2015-16 Requested Budget: Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

The bureau’s one-time general fund requests support the continuity of essential city services and facilitate the reporting of key performance indicators of citywide disaster resilience. Every bureau contributes to the functioning of the City and every bureau has employees whose safety is important, and whose skills may serve the City in an emergency. For that reason, Mayor Hales required every bureau to complete and maintain a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). These plans formed the basis of a citywide business continuity plan and PBEM is expected to report on the number of bureaus with updated COOP plans that meet or exceed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards as one of the Key Performance Indicators for citywide disaster resilience. Many bureaus are struggling to develop adequate COOP plans. PBEM’s one-time add request will fund a limited term position to work with bureaus to ensure their continuity plans meet FEMA standards.

Portland is vulnerable to damaging earthquakes caused by the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone as well as from local crustal faults. Most City buildings were not built to withstand strong ground shaking, including facilities needed to provide essential city services. While all fire stations have been retrofitted, other facilities such as the Police Bureau’s Central Precinct and PBOT’s Emergency Operations Center have not been retrofitted or even assessed. A major step forward in the effort to reduce the City’s vulnerability to a catastrophic quake is to assess the seismic risk of City buildings, beginning with vulnerable facilities that are essential to emergency response. This was an important recommendation of the citywide COOP Work Group. Funds are requested to seismically assess a prioritized list of city owned facilities that can be used to inform future capital improvement requests.

During the fall BuMP, Council approved funding to complete a second city-owned fueling station on the west side of the river (at the SFC Jerome F. Sears US Army Reserve Center), upgrade several other city-owned fueling stations and construct a new fueling station east of I-205. However, additional building and other site improvements are needed to fully utilize the READ FULL BUDGET REQUEST