Weekly Informational Update


Weekly ORVOAD Informational Update

Weekly Update Newsletter for Oregon VOAD – Nov 17, 2017


ORVOAD Members and Partners –


A great big thank you to all who participated in the bi-monthly Oregon VOAD meeting hosted by Laura Pasco at the Adventist Community Services building there in Gladstone.  I greatly appreciate the presentations from Tim Lambert of Operation BBQ Relief and Karen Layng of Oregon Emergency Management; Tim outlined the recent work of OBBR, how it responds to feeding needs and the way it works with others to assure hot meals are available.  Karen described changes in the Cascadia Playbook and how these changes will detail the activities needed to happen directly after a major disaster/emergency.  This meeting was well attended, the presenters were wonderful and our members and partners attended and shared information.  I love it when a plan comes together

There is so much going on right now within the VOAD, that meetings like this last one at ACS are important to share information from all our members and partners.  It provides us a time to hear from our government partners on planning changes, and from our members about when they are deploying and where.  This is the COMMUNICATIONS part of our mission and it is best accomplished face to face.

I understand many of our members who have been deployed have recently returned or will be returning in the coming days.  They look forward to spending the Holidays with family and friends and taking some time to regroup before heading out again.  It was good to have the participation of each and every one of you at the Oregon VOAD meeting this last Tuesday and telling us about your adventures.

Our next Oregon VOAD meeting is scheduled for January.  I know there will be more stories to tell and lessons learned.  I look forward to seeing each of you there and learning from your experiences. 

Charlene and Dean

Meetings and Announcements:

  • Mt. West VOAD Conferencesave the date
    • The fifth annual Mt. West VOAD Conference will be hosted by Oregon VOAD in 2018.  We look forward to a very informative and fun event that pulls in our partners across the entire NW United States.  
    • April 22nd – 24th, 2018
    • Adventist Community Services Conference Center, 19800 Oatfield Rd. Gladstone, OR 97027.
  • Multnomah County Disaster Behavioral Health
    Key Stakeholder Meeting
    • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    • Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave.,, Portland OR 97217
    • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Next Oregon VOAD Members/Partners Meeting
    • Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
    • Mercy Corps, 43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    • 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.




Spotlight on Oregon and SW Washington COADs -

  • Clackamas County COAD –
  • Clark County COAD –
    • Meets bi-monthly on the 2rd Tuesday.  Meetings in January, March, May, July, September and November.
    • Contact Anthony Vendetti for more information (360) 992-6271


  • Columbia County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
    • Meets quarterly on the second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
      • Meetings are July, October, January and April
    • Contact Libby Calnon for more information
  • NEW - Deschutes County COAD –
    • Kickoff meeting for the newly formed COAD
    • Monday, December 8th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
      63333 Hwy 20 West
      MAC Room (Second Floor)
    • Contact Ashley Volz for more information


  • Douglas County COAD –
    • Monthly Community Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month.
    • Contact Reed Finlayson, Chair for more information
  • Lane Preparedness Coalition –
  • Lane County COAD –
    • COAD meetings are held quarterly
    • Contact Karen Edmonds, Secretary for more information


  • UPDATE: Linn-Benton COAD –
    • Linn-Benton County VPPW meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
      • Next meeting is Thursday, December 14th at The Salvation Army in Albany, SE Columbia St.
    • Contact Anders Kass for more information
  • Marion/Polk COAD –
  • Rogue Valley Preparedness & Recovery Hub
    • RV COAD meets at The Salvation Army, 304 Beatty St., Medford, OR 97501, Look to their website for the next COAD meeting.
    • Website: https://roguevalley.recovers.org/


Trainings and Workshops:

Current Happenings & Items for Consideration

  • NEW:  DHS National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin – since 2015 DHS has used this Bulletin to highlight the continuing terror threat to the U.S. Homeland.  An informed, vigilant and engaged public remains one of our greatest assets to identify potential terrorists and prevent attacks.  The updated Bulletin dated November 9th can be found here.  Follow this link for more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)
  • NEW:  2 Weeks Ready – OEM has launched a series of lively one-minute videos with simple tips on how to be 2 Weeks Ready. View them all at Oregon Oem - YouTube and feel free to share with friends, family, co-workers and others. Two new videos will be added in the coming weeks!
  • NEW:  9-1-1 Program – “Call when you can, text if you can’t.”  To see a map of the current Text to 9-1-1 availability, visit www.nwtext911.info/
  • Got your winter weather car kit all ready?  Waxing your skis or snowboard?  Check out Tyree’s Winter Weather Outlook presentation and get the latest on what is expected this winter. 
  • Last spring a delegation from our region, including several RDPO committee members and staff, participated in the Japan Best Practices Mission to learn about recovery, reconstruction and resilience efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The delegation created a report, GEJE Bento Boxes:  Key Findings & Lessons from the Greater Portland Study Mission.  As we continue to develop the REMTEC work plan and project pipeline, the RDPO Steering Committee is asking the work groups to review the report and determine what can be applied to current and future projects. 
  • FEMA’s National Integration Center just released a series of National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource management documents intended to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.  The documents include:
  • The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) (copy attached)
  • A set of NQS Job Titles/Position Qualifications for personnel serving in over 50 incident management and support positions (https://www.fema.gov/national-qualification-system)
  • A set of NQS Position Task Books (PTBs) for those positions (also available at https://www.fema.gov/national-qualification-system)
  • A set of NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions other than NQS that define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams (available here: https://rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/Public)
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid (copy attached)
  • REAL ID Enforcement Oregon & Washington update – Both states now have an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver's licenses and identification cards from OR and WA at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until October 10, 2018.
    • The most common federal use of state-issued ID is for air travel. Starting Jan. 22, 2018, the Transportation Safety Administration will require Real ID Act-compliant identification or state-issued ID from states with exceptions (like OR & WA) for boarding commercial aircraft for domestic flights


  • 11/27 - Clackamas County (Oregon City) is hosting a 1 day awareness level course to share weather science, forecasting and warning tools. We hope that this will help decision makers prepare for the upcoming winter. Please share this training opportunity broadly with you stakeholders. Flyer attached. 
  • 2/7/18 – 2/8/2018.  Disaster Behavioral Health Conference, “Partnerships are a Key”, Salem Convention Center.  16 Continuing Education Hours will be awarded; Registration $495 & Student Registration $200.  Sign up here.  Flyers attached.
  • FEMA Webinars on the updated National Incident Management System (NIMS).  Register ASAP using the links below as the previous webinars filled upon rather quickly.

Training & Exercises (in order of training date)

  • 11/29-11/30:  (ICS 400) Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff.  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.  Longview, WA.  To register email churchillL@co.cowlitz.wa.us or call 360-577-3130
  • 1/16/18-1/17/18:  (ICS 400) Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff.  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.  Tumwater, WA.  Flyer & application attached.
  • WA State EM Division Training Opportunities Bulletin featuring courses from FEMA Region X, WA State EMD, and local stakeholders.  To view course and session details, log in to Washington TRAIN.  If you don’t have an account, follow the directions to create one and manage your account. 
  • NEW:  Karen Layng is the new State Training Officer. If you have questions regarding training or need to send in your FEMA 119 forms for a specific course, contact Karen at karen.layng@state.or.us.
  • Planning on going to EMI for training? Your application needs to be submitted no less than six weeks prior to the class.
  • Check the OEM Training Calendar for the most up to date list of training.
  • Regional, State, Federal Training Calendars: 

Washington State EMD Training Calendar

FEMA Region X Training Calendar

FEMA Emergency Management Institute


Jobs/Internships (in order of closing date)

  • Assistant Emergency Manager, Lincoln County.  Lincoln County, Oregon is a very progressive emergency management community and we are very excited to recruit our newest team member to our Team Lincoln County.  Closes November 24th.  Flyer attached.
  • Emergency Management Planner, Multnomah County Emergency Management (MCEM), Portland.  Closes November 27th.
  • Emergency Preparedness Associate, Americorps Portland, OR with the Mercy Corps Cascadia Team.  Early applications strongly encouraged, selections made on a rolling basis.  Closes Dec. 31st.
  • Director Emergency Management, Kitsap County Emergency Management, Bremerton, WA.  Open until filled. 

Emergency Preparedness Manager, Vancouver, WA City Manager’s Office.  Open until filled