In response to three federally declared disasters within Clackamas County in 2020 and 2021, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners will form a community Emergency Preparedness Council.
Tuesday, the Board decided to form the advisory council to provide community input around specific aspects of disaster planning and response for all types of hazards that affects community members. The Board hopes to strengthen community engagement around emergency preparedness.
“Responding to emergencies takes a community effort. We are grateful to our residents who will work alongside us to prepare in advance of and respond to disasters in Clackamas County,” said Clackamas County Board Chair Tootie Smith.
The Preparedness Council members will also review after-action reports following response to disasters and address any identified gaps or areas of improvement that would benefit from additional community involvement.
15 key partners will serve on the Preparedness Council including, but not limited to community representatives from Community Planning Organizations, utility partners such as Portland General Electric, local business owners, tourism industry representatives, nonprofit leaders, local city officials and members of the Board.
This council will meet quarterly and the community members will be appointed by the Board from a county-wide application process announced at a later date.
ClackCo and PGE coordinate in advance of emergencies
Following the historic February ice storm, Clackamas County and PGE continue to collaborate on planning for disasters and public safety power shutoff’s.
"The historic nature and impact of weather events this past year have made clear the need for strong partnerships to ensure preparedness and resiliency planning. PGE commends Chair Smith for her leadership and looks forward to engaging with leaders on this council for the benefit of the people of Clackamas County,” said Maria Pope, PGE president and CEO.