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The City of Portland, Oregon

Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization

Unified. Prepared. Resilient.

Phone: 503-823-5386

FAX: 503-823-3903

Regional Recovery Framework

Creating a roadmap back to a strong community after a natural disaster.

What is the project?

Natural disaster can happen anytime. The five counties that make up the Portland Metropolitan Region are working together to develop a framework to guide rebuilding, redevelopment, and recovery efforts following a disaster. The framework looks beyond the disaster event itself, to imagine life in the weeks, months, and years after the disaster; to seize the opportunity to creatively re-design our region to be even stronger and more resilient for the future.

The project is a collaboration between public, private, and nonprofit sector stakeholders, led by the five-county, multi-state Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO).

Who is involved?

  • Core Planning Team: Planners from bureaus related to recovery planning in all five counties: Clark County in Washington, and Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington Counties in Oregon.
  • Collaborative Planning Team: Representatives from agencies and organizations that have a central role in recovery efforts.
  • Stakeholders: A wide range of stakeholders from sectors targeted for recovery  - acorss the spectrum of government and the local/regional private sectors, as well as community-based and non-profit organizations.
  • Hagerty Consulting: A consulting firm with experience in recovery framework development and receovery planning.

What will the Framework Accomplish?

  • Outline roles of named governmental and non-governmental agencies in the event of a natural disaster - so everyone knows what to do and are committed to doing it.
  • Create a structure to organize and coordinate recovery in an efficient and equitable manner.
  • Identify opportunities to build back stronger and more resilient by setting priorities to accelerate the return to a better state of "normalcy."

Project Timeline

The project began in 2017 with organization of the planning team and securing Hagerty Consulting for support. In 2018, Framework development will begin. In spring 2019, the project will conclude with writing and delivery of the Framework document and supporting guidance, with tools for further jurisdiction-specific recovery planning.

Stakeholder Engagement Meetings

The project conducted stakeholder engagement meetings in May 2018. Please refer to our summary of results from these sessions. The outcomes of these sessions are now informing the Recovery Goals for the regional framework and will feed into subsequent planning sessions this summer and fall.

Regional Recovery Framework Workshops

If you are interested in attending these workshops and have not received an invitation already, please contact Laura Hanson ( to participate.

  • June 21: Recovery Best Practices and Goals Workshop SUMMARY (9:00-12:00pm at the Multnomah Building)
  • July 26: Recovery Process Workshop (12:30-4:00pm at the Beaverton Community Center)
  • July 31: Recovery Operations Workshop (12:30-4:00pm at the Clackamas County Development Services Building)

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