Emergency Managers Work Group (REMTEC) 

REMTEC is the RDPO's Emergency Management Work Group. It helps develop the region’s disaster preparedness capabilities with a focus on the emergency management discipline. REMTEC meets the first Friday of every month from 9-11am. See below for meeting details.


Chair: Alice Busch, Multnomah County Emergency Management
Vice Chair: Daniel Nibouar, Metro 

Clark County Emergency Coordination Center

Current Happenings


New REMTEC Chair and Co-Chair

Congratulations and thanks to Alice Busch and Daniel Nibouar for taking on these important roles. We are excited for your new and fresh lead of REMTEC and look forward to working with you through your time in office. 


Happy Preparedness Month! 

As you continue your efforts at helping your employees, coworkers, communities, and families prepare for disaster consider sharing this TEDx Talk on why we DO NOT prepare for earthquakes. Steve Eberlein of the Red Cross shares interesting insight into this phenomenon, closet preppers, and spontaneous camping. 


We are pleased to share that Phase 1 of the RDPO sponsored DOGAMI enhanced earthquake impact analysis project is featured in the late summer edition of FEMA’s Hazus Quarterly. We’re very happy to see this project living on and being highlighted at a national level - great work, DOGAMI!  For more information on the project, communication to stakeholders, and how to apply the study go to RDPO.net/earthquake-impact-analysis


Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

As hurricane season continues its devastating reign, the effects are felts nationwide. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria caused severe devastation to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, which manufacturers nearly 10 percent of all drugs consumed by Americans. What happened after Hurricane Maria could shed light on other supply chain vulnerabilities, including the effect of cyber-attacks against manufacturing infrastructure, geopolitical disputes affecting drug supply chain components, and the growing reliance on third party drug manufacturing and logistics suppliers. Threats to Pharmaceutical Supply Chains research findings shed some light on these relationships and other vulnerabilities. 


Campus Safety

Campus Safety. Schools are mostly safe places - but when violence does occur, it can have far-reaching ramifications. Violence on college campuses not only affects the individuals involved, but it also disrupts the education process and can negatively affect the school community. Indicators of School Crime and Safety aims to establish reliable indicators of the current state of school crime and safety across the nation.

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Drones & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Potential uses for UAS in emergency management and response has exploded. Local groups and agencies are starting to partner, train, and collaborate in building their UAS programs. For more information and regional partners, click here


Nationwide IPAWS Test - October 3rd

Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) encompasses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). The Oct 3 Test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers. The EAS portion of the test will occur at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time (2:18 p.m. EDT); the WEA portion will occur at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time (2:20 p.m. EDT). 

  • Although no action is required by you, or the public, when the test is conducted, you may receive calls from concerned or confused community members. OEM PIOs Paula Negele and Cory Grogan are coordinating information to and among statewide stakeholders, and you will be hearing more about this in the coming weeks. In the meantime, a short fact sheet is posted to the OEM website home page with information about the test that might help to answer immediate questions. Additional information available at http://bit.ly/IPAWStest2018.

  • The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has released the After-Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan for the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) emergency message that was sent out in May regarding the Salem area water advisory.  Not only educational with regards to the use and operation of IPAWS, the AAR highlights several improvement areas for cities, counties, and other jurisdictions to consider if requesting an IPAWS message OR if they decide to apply for alerting authority.   


Oregon Water Updates

Water conditions across Oregon change according to many factors, including weather, snow pack, stream flow, reservoir storage, and others. Oregon Water Resources Department collects this information and much more, and distributes it in a report every two weeks. For more information on drought assistance programs, declaration procedures, water conservation tips, or other information, please see the Oregon Water Resources Department web page on drought. (To receive these reports by email, click here.)

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shadow team program

With the continued and expanding fire season, the Oregon Department of Forestry is offering a unique training opportunity for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) responders. The Shadow Team Program provides opportunities for people serving in Command and General Staff positions to shadow complimentary positions on an ODF Incident Management Team (IMT) during wildfire operations. These opportunities give participants exposure to actual incident operations at an Incident Command Post (ICP). Please reference program flyer or contact Chris Walsh, Program Administrator (Christopher_Walsh@co.washington.or.us) for more information. 

national explosives detection canine team program

Portland International Airport (PDX), TSA, and their canine teams are seeking volunteers for the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP), the nation’s premier program for explosives detection canines. Critical to the program’s success is training made possible by volunteers serving as passenger decoys. Their role is to carry concealed training aids on their person and in bags through various environments including TSA checkpoints. Contact Amanda.Sobotta@tsa.dhs.gov if to volunteer and hang out with the most awesome dogs in homeland security! More info here.

Events / Workshops 


emergency management thought leadership

Sept 20, 11am (Free / Online)
BOLDplanning’s webinar series featuring Mike Harryman, OR State Resiliency Officer. Whether you're a state resilience executive, a local emergency manager or a private sector continuity coordinator, you will NOT want to miss this timely and informative online learning event. Register here.  

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Prepare out loud - portland

Sept 25, 6-7:30pm (Free / Portland)
This American Red Cross event includes a Preparedness Fair before and after the presentation and is in partnership with the KGW Keeping You Safe campaign. Montgomery Park, Bill Naito Company, 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, 97210

Managing the message

Sept 26, 8am-5pm (Free / Longview, WA)
Pacific NW Crisis Communication Workshop. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Emergency Management, in cooperation with Lower Columbia College and our local supporters, would like to invite you to join us for a rare opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed emergency media experts.

  • Australia’s Peter Rekers and Rebecca Riggs join forces with the United Kingdom’s Chris Webb, offering a meaningful program illustrating how to Manage the Message before, during and after crisis. The day’s workshop will include an introduction and regionally-framed scenario in concert with the Port of Kalama and the Port of Longview.

  • Space is limited! More info here. Direct all sponsor and registration requests to Cowlitz.dem.training@gmail.com or call Lorraine Churchill at 360-577-3131. 

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Prepare Out Loud - Gresham

Sept 26, 6-7:30pm (Free / Gresham) 
This American Red Cross event includes a Preparedness Fair before and after the presentation and is in partnership with the KGW Keeping You Safe campaign. Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR, 97030.

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Prepare Out Loud - Sherwood

Sept 27, 6-7:30pm (Free / Sherwood)
This American Red Cross event includes a Preparedness Fair before and after the presentation and is in partnership with the KGW Keeping You Safe campaign. Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR, 97140.

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Oregon Emergency Management Assn Conference

Oct 9-11(Bend)
OEMA is extending the discount ticket and cancellation fee deadlines for the OEMA Conference! We know you’re busy – after all, it’s wildfire season. Every year our predicable hot and dry summers lead to devastating wildfires, encroaching on the urban landscape more and more. With your heads down, working long hours, it seems like a bother to think about attending a conference. But that is exactly what we are asking you do. Think about it. It’s an opportunity to network with like-minded people and perhaps get a perspective on something that you have never thought about.

  • In appreciation of your hard work and wanting to keep the door open, we are pushing back the date when conference prices will increase to September 17. That’s 17 more days that you can save money by signing up for the conference and reward yourself for a job well done.

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Science on Tap: Cascadia Earthquakes

Oct 16, 7pm (Portland)
Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Alberta Rose Theater, Portland, OR. 

Training & Exercises:  

G0489 Management of Spontaneous Volunteers/G0288 Local Volunteer & Donations Management

Sept 24, 8am-5pm (McMinnville)
This course introduces the skills and planning considerations required to manage large numbers of people who are not affiliated with an experienced relief organization, but who want to help in disasters. The course is designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that may arise. Register here.  

L0141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills

Oct 30 - Nov 1, 8am-5pm (Free, Salem)
This three day course addresses the practicalities of conducting successful interactions, managing the classroom experience, and making presentations. It covers the basics of adult learning and of training evaluation for those wanting more experience in this area. Register here. Once registered, submit completed FEMA Form 119-25-1 application to karen.layng@state.or.us.

ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

Oct 31 - Nov 2 (Portland)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management will issue course certificates to participants that provide all prerequisite certificates, complete the course, and pass the test. Register here.  

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Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) Training & Qualification

Oct 31 - Nov 1, 8am-4:30pm (Renton, WA)
The FAST concept is designed to support people with access and functional needs so they can remain in a general population shelter. The training for this course is designed to prepare individuals to respond and deploy to shelters in times of disaster. Click here for more information. Email application or send questions/requests to serina.mcwha@piercecountywa.gov 


MGT-347 Incident Command System Forms Review

Nov 6, 8am-12m (Gleneden Beach)
This 4 hour workshop provides a detailed introduction to emergency response supervisors and mid-to upper-level managers to the Incident Command System (ICS) forms used in the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP). Participants will examine the primary forms used in an IAP, as well as supporting and other utility forms. In addition, participants will review the planning process and where, within that process, the forms are filled out and by whom. Register here.  


ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (MGT-904)

Nov 6-8 (Gleneden Beach)
FEMA SID required to register. Register here.  

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ATC-20 Procedures for Post-earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings

Nov 14 (Portland)
This FULL DAY class is recommended if you have never taken ATC-20 or took it more than 3 years ago. Register here.  

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ATC-20 Procedures for Post-earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings

Nov 15 (Portland)
This HALF-DAY REFRESHER is recommended if you have already taken the course and are certified with Oregon Building Codes Division, but want to refresh on the basics. Register here.


AWR-319 Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments

Nov 28, 8am-5pm (Newport)
Participate in a review of damage assessment, various disaster damage assessment processes, collaborating agencies, and resources. Discuss and develop a damage assessment action plan in order to ensure that resources are in place for an adequate response and participant in a hands-on exercise using various tools and software to collect damage assessments. Register here.  


CalOES Safety Assessment Program Coordinator and Assistant Evaluator Training

Nov 29 (Portland)
Recommended if you are not eligible to be a certified post-earthquake building inspector, but may be an assistant or coordinator to them. Register here.

Training Calendars: 



Emergency Manager, Cannon Beach

Working directly with the City Manager and Police Chief, the Emergency Manager enhances the capacity of the town to be resilient during and after emergency events. Duties include assessing potential hazards such as wind storms, extended periods without electricity, events of extreme cold, high tide/high wave events, forest fires, tsunamis, and earthquakes; evaluating the need for response to such events; and developing plans to protect both residents and visitors. View brochureFirst review of applications September 14th. 


Executive Director

The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) has an opening for its Executive Director, based out of Sacramento, CA. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include grant writing, conference planning, and public outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. Closes October 15th. 

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Director of Safety, portland

The Warner Pacific University Director of Safety proactively leads delivery of campus safety department essential services including campus security, emergency preparedness, business continuity, risk management, and environmental health and safety. The Director’s responsibilities also include transportation, parking administration, and access control systems. The Director provides administrative direction, supervision and oversight for all campus safety personnel. No closing date listed. 

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Emergency Management Coordinator

PeaceHealth, Vancouver, WA. This position is tasked with the coordination and training of caregivers in the development, implementation, training and evaluation of a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program. No closing date listed

Safety Competent Person

Vigor Shipyards, Portland and Clackamas sites. This position conducts inspections of production activities, buildings, vessels, equipment, and facilities to identify potential personnel, fire, safety, and environmental hazards. Assists in the coordination of fire-fighting, evacuation and rescue operations in cases of fires or other disasters. Coordinates and assists with regular fire and disaster drills. No closing date listed. 

REMTEC Meetings

September 7, 9-11am

Portland Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave, Room 370

  • Insights from the world of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) world:  “Highlights from the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster Conference 2018" 

    • Susan Romanski, Mercy Corps

    • Justin Ross, Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management

    • Jamie Poole, Clackamas County Emergency Management

  • Election of REMTEC officers