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The City of Portland, Oregon

Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization

Unified. Prepared. Resilient.

Phone: 503-823-5386

FAX: 503-823-3903

Fire Wind Water

Slides: If you were unable to attend, you may view the event slides.

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 2-4pm

Where: Portland Water Bureau - Interstate Facility Auditorium, 1900 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR (Mass transit highly recommended, as parking is limited to the street)


Event Description

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.


  • Members of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO)
  • Members of the public with an interest in disaster response. We hope Emergency Management students and CERTs/NETs will attend.
  • Attendance: 100 max


  • Jasmine Avgerakis. A new member of the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management, Jasmine Avgerakis comes from a background of humanitarian and emergency relief efforts with Mercy Corps. She has managed emergency programs and supported relief efforts in post-flood areas of Colombia (2011-12), Nepal Earthquake (2015), Refugee Migration in Greece (2015), post-conflict areas of Juba, South Sudan (2016), Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2016), Drought in Somalia (2017), Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017).
  • Lieutenant Sean O’Laughlin. Lt. O’Laughlin has 17 years of law enforcement experience and is a Police Sergeant with the University of Washington Police Department. He is a Lieutenant with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and acts as a Coast Guard Contingency Planner and Incident Command System Instructor. He deployed to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017 and held four different ICS positions in five different locations.
  • Chris Woo. Chris is a Senior Capital Project Manager for Metro. He is a 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.
  • Tom Williams. Tom is a Division Chief for Portland Fire & Rescue and past Chair of the RDPO’s Fire/EMS Work Group.


Portland Water Bureau Interstate Facility (Auditorium ), 1900 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR, 97227

Parking is limited to the street. We highly recommend taking mass transit to this event.

  • TriMet Bus 35-Macadam/Greeley: Stops at N. Interstate and Tillamook (Stop ID 11840), directly in front of the facility.
  • TriMet Max Yellow Line: Stops at N. Interstate and Albina (Stop ID 11506), two blocks from the facility.