We coordinate plans and operations to minimize the impact of incidents or disasters. We work with public and private sector partners to ensure a coordinated community response.
Our work helps the public be better prepared in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster.
We operate in the following areas:
- hazard awareness
- emergency planning
- incident prevention
- hazard mitigation
- emergency response
- disaster recovery
We also oversee the Medical Examiner's Office, which investigates deaths in the county.
When activated, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provides a central location from which local government can manage disaster response in the county.
The Emergency Operation Center:
- gathers information from across the county to provide accurate information to decision makers
- promotes efficient and effective use of limited resources
- coordinates with multiple organizations and agencies
- provides accurate and timely public alerts, warnings and information
- determines recovery priorities
We conduct a damage assessment following incidents with significant impacts to infrastructure and property. This includes reports of damages to facilities and homes to assess the financial losses and community impacts.
We lead a disaster exercise program that includes a series of disaster simulations.
Exercises are the primary tool for evaluating preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.
The Department also conducts annual drills for Clackamas County employees and encourages all county citizens to participate.
We provide training to county employees and partners to ensure a coordinated response.
Public education and outreach
The public education program educates employees and residents about personal preparedness.
We have an active hazard mitigation program to make our county more resilient in the event of a disaster.
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