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Fire Wind Water: Lessons from 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

Portland Water Bureau - Interstate Facility Auditorium, 1900 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR

Wednesday, June 13 2018, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Event Types > Community Events


According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 2017 was the costliest year ever for weather and climate disasters in the United States. Most notably, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria pounded the southeast, and large wildfires devastated areas of California. Here in the Northwest, the Chetco Bar and Eagle Creek fires tested our capacity to respond to and fund natural disasters.

As we plan for even more (and larger) disasters and move closer to the 2018 wildfire season, we’d like to hear from those who deployed to 2017’s major disasters. The Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization ( will invite First Responders and other Subject Matter Experts to contribute to a moderated panel discussion and share their experiences, findings, and applicable lessons from their participation in these events.

During this two-hour event, we will discuss:

  • The reality that disasters elsewhere impact us here in the Northwest. Deployments to other regions create an impact on local communities and the lives of the local responders with national affiliations.
  • The increased challenge of local jurisdictions to fund prevention and response in the face of diminishing federal resources.
  • The potential for creating coordinated statewide and regional efforts to combat anticipated regional issues for 2018 and beyond.


  • Chris Woo. Chris is a Senior Capital Project Manager for Metro. He is Marine Science Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and responded to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico during the fall of 2017.
  • Martin Montalvo. Martin is the Operations Manager for the City of Oregon City and the Public Works Representative for the RDPO’s Steering Committee. He responded to hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma in 2017.
  • Fred Charlton. Fred is Fire Chief for the Clackamas Fire Department and the Fire/EMS Representative for the RDPO’s Steering Committee. Clackamas Fire responded to six wildfires in 2017, including two in California.


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