2015 was a busy year at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (click here to review our annual report). Over the past 12 months, we:
- Began updating Portland’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan;
- Built a new and improved PublicAlerts system to notify the public during emergencies;
- Activated Portland’s Emergency Coordination Center for 16 training exercises, emergency incidents, and large-scale planned events, including during December’s heavy rains;
- Expanded the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program by 49%, bring the total number of active NET members to 851;
- Worked with the Portland Bureau of Development Services, Portland Development Commission, and community members on a policy for Council to consider in 2016 requiring the mandatory seismic retrofit of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings;
- Trained over 300 City employees and members of the public to safely inspect buildings following an earthquake;
- Expanded our previous outreach efforts to connect with more than 21,000 residents by working with neighborhood associations and community groups, presenting at conferences and schools, tabling at public events (such as Sunday Parkways and Fix-It Fairs), and much more to bring PBEM programs and emergency preparedness to an economically diverse and culturally rich base of attendees throughout the city;
- Conducted a Youth Disaster Academy pilot at Benson High School to educate 60 juniors about emergency preparedness; and
- Much, much more!
Please take a few minutes and review our annual progress report for an update on what we've been doing.
And if you want to see where we're headed, check out our three-year strategic plan. Look for an update to the plan later this year.