In addition to its own emergency preparedness efforts, the Consortium plays an active role in planning and preparation efforts in the greater Portland metro region and on a state-wide level. These efforts include:
Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO):
The RDPO is a partnership of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector stakeholders in the Portland Metropolitan Region collaborating to increase the region’s resiliency to disasters. The metropolitan region spans Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington Counties in Oregon, and Clark County in Washington.
The Consortium participates as a member of the RDPO Steering Committee, Public Works Work Group, Emergency Management Work Group, and Disaster Preparedness Messaging Task Force. The Public Works Work Group helps to prioritize regional projects, grant funding, and provides input to the RDPO strategic plan. The Region Disaster Preparedness Task Force works together to provide one voice on disaster preparedness messaging for the greater Portland metro area. The Emergency Managers Work Group helps develop the region’s disaster preparedness capabilities and maintains a forum for networking, information sharing and learning.
The Oregon Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (ORWARN):
ORWARN is composed of member utilities providing voluntary assistance to each other during an emergency incident. Fortunately, most members of the Consortium are also members of ORWARN and are ready to step-up provide assistance to water and wastewater utilities when they need it most.
Oregon Resilience Plan:
In February 2014, the Consortium board adopted a resolution that supports the Oregon Resilience Plan. The Plan is a landmark report on Oregon’s priorities to survive and bounce back from a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. It was prepared to help Oregonians know what to expect from the state’s infrastructure should that disaster strike, and to propose the level of infrastructure reliability that a resilient state should provide. The Oregon Resilience Plan maps a path of policy and investment priorities for the next 50 years.