Weekly Informational Update


Weekly ORVOAD Informational Update

Friday, May 5, 2017


ORVOAD Members and Partners –



In my hierarchy of the four C’s I personally see Cooperation as being on top.  It is the cooperative spirit that brought the core members of the VAOD together in the first place and inspired them to see that disaster response was in need of a group effort – that there was a greater more integrated response effort if we all worked together.  Cooperation cuts through ego, it cuts through each of our core missions to begin aligning our organizations in such a way as to assure the greatest good is provided to people impacted by disaster.  I like cooperation because it says “we will all work closely together to do our best so we can do our best”.


Cooperation is not an easy value to display at times.  In a world of conflicting organizational missions and limited financing we have to communicate well the needs in a community affected by disaster.  Long Term Recovery especially has to be well designed and rolled out so that all our organizations and members can place their much needed resources on the ground where and when they are needed.  There is nothing so disheartening as to place valuable volunteer support in a community that potentially has too many resources. 


Cooperation drives communication, coordination and collaboration – it sort of builds the foundation for the three remaining C’s of our core values.  And cooperation essentially says we will all play nice as we work to deliver much needed resources.  One might ask “why do we even have to spell out the four C’s when they appear to be evident?”  In the heat of disaster, the four C’s center us and reminds us of the obvious. Cooperation reminds me to share and to give a little here and there for the greater good.


Cooperation is one of my favorite core values but not to the exclusion of the other three.  It simply reminds me that to get to communication, coordination and collaboration I have to begin with a spirit of cooperation.



Next Oregon VOAD Meeting:

Our next Oregon VOAD meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at Oregon Food Bank-West in Beaverton (1870 NW 173rd Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006) from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  You can attend in person or through our conference call line (information below), either way we really look forward to your participation.


The May meeting will include:

  • Our annual election of officers
  • Report out on any disaster response and long term recovery operations.
  • Debrief of three major conferences;
    • The Oregon Emergency Management Workshop in Sunriver, OR
    • The Mountain West Conference in Longmount, CO
    • The National VOAD Conference in Houston, TX
  • We will also hear back from our committee chairs about work they have been attending to since our last meeting.
  • We look forward to brief reports from our members such as FEMA and OEM.
  • And we want to make sure we report out on any other trainings and workshops folks have attended since the last meeting.


If you have an item to add to this agenda, please send me an email or call so we can add it in.

I look forward to your participation.

The conference call # for our VOAD meeting is (800) 320-4330 and PIN is 714633.


Spotlight on Oregon and SW Washington COADs -

  • Clackamas County COAD –
    • Meets Quarterly on the 4th Tuesday.
      • Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR
    • Contact Dean Alby, Chair for more information
  • Clark County COAD –
    • Meets bi-monthly on the 2rd Tuesday.  Meetings in January, March, May, July, September and November.
      • Their next COAD meeting is Tuesday, May 9th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Human Services Council, 120 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA.
    • Contact Cindy Stanley for meeting dates and times (360) 992-6285
    • Also, if you want to get onto Cindy’s Alert List, please email and request the addition of your email address.
  • Columbia County Emergency Planning Association
    • Meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 
    • Contact Libby Calnon for more information


  • Douglas County COAD –
    • Monthly Community Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the UCAN (United Community Action Network) conference room.
      • 280 Kenneth Ford Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470
    • Contact Reed Finlayson, Chair for more information
  • Lane Preparedness Coalition–
  • Lane County COAD –
    • Contact Karen Edmonds, Secretary for more information
      • Next meeting, April 27th from 3-4:30 p.m. at Living Hope Church, 2801 W 18th Ave., Eugene, OR.
  • Linn Benton Vulnerable Populations Planning Workgroup –
    • Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month.
      • Next meeting is April 27th at Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR
    • Contact Sarah Bates or Karen Truong for more information
  • Marion/Polk COAD –


Trainings and Workshops:

Current Happenings & Items for Consideration

  • The most recent Legislative Bill Tracker Report is attached – many bills related to emergency preparedness, seismic risk & improvements, and changes within OEM. For more information on each bill and committee meetings, go to Workforce :: Your Government .  You may also go here to search for bills by subject/key word. 
  • The Governor’s Office is looking for Oregonians to serve on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Committee (OSSPAC), if selected you would serve a four year term (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2021). Members serve at the pleasure of the Governor. If interested please submit your application by May 31, 2017 for consideration.  Apply here.


  • 5/22-5/24 SERC/LEPC Conference, hosted by the Office of State Fire Marshal, Seaside, OR.  No cost to register, conference topics include:  LEPC 101, HazMat Rail Response, Improving Chemical Safety & Security.  Register here.    
  • 7/24-7/25 - Pacific NW Disaster Resilience Symposium, Portland Marriott Downtown, $195 for 8 plenary sessions, breakfast, lunches, and receptions.  This symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators participating in the PNW Economic Region Summit and increase awareness for important issues like Climate Change, Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies, Cybersecurity, and other key topics.  Register here.

Training & Exercises (in order of training date)

  • 5/23 - The Port of Portland is looking for experienced Controllers and Evaluators for their upcoming Triennial Airport Active Shooter Exercise taking place on May 23rd.  Go here for more information and to register
  • 5/30 & 5/31 – ICS 300 course hosted by the WA Office of Emergency Management.  Vancouver, WA, 18 hour course.  See attached flyer for prerequisites.  Email Brittany Miller at millbri@wsdot.wa.gov to register. 
  • NEW  5/31-6/1 – FEMA Mission Essential Functions (MEF) (L0557), Wilsonville, OR.  2 day course, 8:00-5:00pm, tuition is free.  Flyer attached.
  • NEW  6/21-6/22 – Local Mitigation Planning Workshop (G-318), The Dalles, OR.  2 day course, 8:30-4:30pm, tuition is free.  Flyer attached.
  • NEW  7/31-8/3 – ICS Curricula Train-the-Trainer (L0449), Lynnwood, WA.  4 day course, 8:00-5:00pm, tuition is free.  Flyer attached.
  • 10/12 & 10/13 – Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness (MGT-439), Portland State Office Building, Portland, OR.  Morning snack & lunch provided. Go here for more information & to register.
  • Regional Training Calendars: 

RDPO Regional Training Calendar

OEM Training Calendar

Washington State EMD Training Calendar

FEMA Region X Training Calendar

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

Jobs/Internships (in order of closing date)

  • NEW  Health Services Consultant (2 positions) – Planning, Training, and Exercise Specialist.  Tumwater, WA.  Positions funded through June 30, 2018.  Closes 5/8, Go here to apply
  • Wildland Fire Suppression Specialist, multiple locations.  The Oregon Military Department hires seasonal Wildland Firefighters each year, typically from June-September.  For more information and to apply, go hereOpen until further notice, may close anytime.
  • University of Oregon Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Eugene, OR.  Open until filled.  Apply Here



Dean Alby ORVOAD President