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Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Emergency Management Director Tracy DePew and Oregon Health Authority Liason Beth DePew pause for a photo at the 2018 Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Bend, Ore.
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Emergency Management Director Tracy DePew and Oregon Health Authority Liason Beth DePew pause for a photo at the 2018 Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Bend, Ore.
2019 Oregon Emergency Preparedness Workshop scheduled in Bend (Photo) - 03/14/19

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority is scheduled to welcome emergency managers, volunteers and responders throughout Oregon to the 6th annual Oregon Emergency Preparedness Workshop, March 18-22, at the Riverhouse in Bend, Ore. The workshop is an opportunity to network and share knowledge that supports Oregon’s emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery capabilities.

“This year’s workshop focuses on re-defining emergency management asking participants to explore innovative approaches for preparing communities with limited resources as evolving hazards cause emergencies to become more frequent and severe.” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "This is an excellent opportunity for emergency management professionals from all levels of government as well as private organizations to come together, share ideas, and strengthen our efforts to build a statewide culture of preparedness.”

Phelps says Oregon emergency managers are uniquely positioned to redefine their evolving discipline as many are looking to see how the Pacific Northwest is preparing for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

“We have already established ourselves as leaders in the emergency management community by becoming the first state in the nation to shift from a 72-hour preparedness message and adopt a “2-Weeks Ready” recommendation supported by our Governor,” Phelps added.

The 2-Weeks Ready resources help, recommend, and encourage individuals and families to have two-weeks of emergency supplies. To learn more about emergency management in Oregon and the 2-Weeks Ready campaign visit https://www.oregon.gov/oem or email public.info@state.or.us.

2018-2020 FEMA Youth Preparedness Council members pause for a photo. (Photo courtesy of FEMA Region X)
2018-2020 FEMA Youth Preparedness Council members pause for a photo. (Photo courtesy of FEMA Region X)
FEMA sponsored youth preparedness camp deadline, March 15 (Photo) - 03/07/19

The deadline is March 15 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10’s inaugural Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Wash. The camp runs Aug. 18-23 and will include learning about youth Community Emergency Response Teams with training in fire, medical, preparedness, psychology, search and rescue, as well as how to help until help arrives during an emergency, along with extracurricular activities such as arts, crafts, sports, games, and much more!

The camp tha will bring 40 youth in grades 8 through 12 from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska to Stanwood, is hosted and staffed by camp and emergency management professionals from different organizations including the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Subject matter experts and local emergency responders will support curriculum delivery and introduce participants to various emergency response professions.

Youth at the camp will learn to safely assist in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when a professional response may be delayed or limited.

“Young people want to lead and plan, and this camp is a way to empower them to do that,” said FEMA Region 10 Administrator Michael O’Hare. “Working as a team, they will be building partnerships, learning about how to help respond in a disaster and developing the confidence to know that, as individuals, they can make a difference.”

Youth participants will also identify and develop a concept for a “give-back” project where they will utilize the skills developed during the camp to improve preparedness in their communities.

Application information is available at: www.fema.gov/region-x/community-preparedness. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2019.

For further information regarding the camp, please contact FEMA Region 10, Individual and Community Preparedness staff at 10-communityprep@fema.dhs.gov">fema-r10-communityprep@fema.dhs.gov or 425-487-4943.