Emergency Management / CERT
The City has an emergency manager who is responsible for managing the City’s program in all four phases of emergency management. Responsibilities of the City’s Emergency Management Division include:
- Acting as the main contact center during disasters and emergencies
- Coordinating with local, regional, state, and federal jurisdictions and agencies
- Developing and maintaining the City’s response, recovery, preparedness, and education / training of City employees
- Establishing procedures to staff and maintaining the City’s Emergency Operations Mitigation Plans
- Public education and training
The City established the Emergency Management Program consistent with its authority under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 401.305 to 401.335 and City Code 2.01.010 to 2.01.060 (cited as the Emergency Management Code). It is organized under the auspices of the City Council and works under the overall supervision of the Mayor.
The goal of the City’s Emergency Management program is to develop and maintain the City’s ability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against major emergencies and disasters, minimizing the loss of life and property, ensuring continuity of government, and facilitating rapid recovery.
In general, emergency management is the process of coordinating available resources to combat emergencies effectively, thereby saving lives, avoiding injury, and minimizing economic loss. Today’s emergency management program evolved from the old civil defense and civil preparedness programs of the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s.
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a FEMA program used by municipalities all over the country to learn, practice and promote emergency preparedness and resiliency in their communities. CERT members are trained to safely respond to an emergency on the family, neighborhood and community level, and can provide assistance when first responders are unavailable.
Consolidation of Emergency Management
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resulted from the consolidation of five federal agencies that were dealing with different types of emergencies. Since then, many states and local jurisdictions have accepted this approach and changed the names of their organizations to include the words “emergency management.”