State and Federal Agencies

State of Oregon OEM

The State of Oregon Emergency Management Office (Facebook and Twitter) is responsible for coordinating and facilitating emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies.

Washington State’s Emergency Operations Center (Monthly Reports) is at Camp Murray, near Tacoma. The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) provides 9-1-1 dispatch and emergency management services for Clark County.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit at 4325 NE Marine Dr, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Marine Unit partner with the Coast Guard to patrol 110 miles of waterways along the Columbia, Willamette, Sandy River and Multnomah Channel. and have state-specific information.

The Oregon Geology agency has created hazard maps using Hazus software and lidar data. Their HazVu map lets you view various geohazards in Oregon. FEMAs GIS software is used to estimate physical, economic and social impacts of earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. It uses state databases to show high-risk locations and provides compatibility with ArcGIS 10.2.2 and Windows 8.

Portland Emergency Management
Portland’s Emergency Coordination Center, is the central hub for Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management, in the event of an emergency.

It adjoins the city’s 911 center on SE 99th and Powell, adjacent to Ed Benedict Park. The mission of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission is to reduce exposure to earthquake hazards in Oregon.

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Region X supports the citizens and first responders of Oregon and Washington as well as Alaska, and Idaho. FEMA has more info on Dam Safety, Data Visualization, Disaster Recovery Center Locator, Emergency Management Agencies, Fact Sheets, National Incident Management System, and Recovery Resources. They offer Earthquake training and their Emergency Management Institute offers self-paced courses for emergency management personnel and the general public.

Coast Guard
The Coast Guard’s Columbia River Sector covers 420 miles of coast, 465 miles of inland rivers and 33 ports. The Portland Station on Swan Island is responsible for 127 river miles on the Columbia & Willamette Rivers. On the Columbia River, their responsibility starts from Puget Island (river mile 45) to the Bonneville Lock and Dam (river mile 145).

For marine emergencies the station can be contacted via VHF radio on channel 16, or by calling 503-240-9365. Station Cape Disappointment covers the Columbia River west of Puget Island.

Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol Pacific Region, the all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, includes six western states. One squadron is at Ft Vancouver and another is at PDX (OR map & WA map). The Columbia Composite Squadron is active in Search and Rescue with the Oregon Wing, which often means going to the Aurora State Airport and assisting at the Mission Base. Commercial Airports along the Columbia (Vancouver, PDX and Troutdale), will be subject to liquefaction.

National Guard
The Oregon Air National Guard (OR ANG) is the aerial militia of Oregon under the jurisdiction of the Governor. The Oregon Air National Guard consists of the 142d Fighter Wing (F15s at PDX), the 173rd Fighter Wing (F15s at KFalls), and the Combat Operations Group with weather and air traffic control squadrons.

The 304th Rescue Squadron is an Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue unit located at the Portland Air National Guard Base. The Oregon Army National Guard has a similar chain of command with the Governor of Oregon as its Commander-in-Chief. The Oregon Army National Guard responds to natural disasters and conducts search and rescue operations.

The Air National Guard Base at PDX does joint maneuvers with the Air National Guard Base at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. Other Oregon National Guard Operations Groups include the 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS), 125th Special Tactics Squadron (STS) and the 123rd Weather Flight (WF).

But don’t expect to be calling in hyperspectal scans of industrial spills along the Willamette or Columbia Rivers to the National Guard. They’ll be grounded at PDX. Fuel will be non-existent.

Civil liberties may conflict with the desire to find people. Consider the cell site simulators like Stingray and Dirtbox which can identify an individual subscriber. The device emits a pilot signal made to appear stronger than that from the service provider, which forces all phones within its range to broadcast their IMSI number and electronic serial number (ESN). By mounting the device on a plane, it can locate a phone within 10 feet and identify its owner.

A $1,000 Consumer DJI drone would likely produce more actionable intelligence. Faster. Cheaper. Better. Off-the-shelf drones help Search and Rescue teams. Fact.

The $550 Parrot Bebop 2 promises up to 25 minutes of flight time from its 2,700mAh battery. Perhaps different neighborhoods could share one drone — with each neighborhood taking over local control. Pilots and gear might be recruited from PDX Drones.

The DJI Phantom 4 costs about $1400 and avoids obstacles while the Arch Aerial octocopter drone, which can collect Lidar images runs about $10K. That’s a lot cheaper than a $70K Leica laser survey tool.

Drones can create base imagery after an earthquake or aftershock…in lieu of fresh satellite imagery.

Correlator3D, a software package by SimActive, can be used on drones to input an unlimited number of images at once and seamlessly scale to large projects.

Scenario Village on Northeast Airport Way or Concordia College’s Simulation Center near 205 and Marine Drive might be a good place to locate a few DJI drones, with PCs running Correlator3D Software.

Open StreetMaps
A devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, killing more than 9,000 people and leaving 3 million homeless.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, about 8,000 local and international OpenStreetMap community members worked to create detailed map of affected areas, which first responders used for planning and mobilizing their resources. A task of this scale would not have been possible with only local mappers. Resources like get people up to speed.

Don’t wait for the state or federal cavalry. Be self-reliant.

Round up your neighborhood drone hobbists, mappers and coders. Have a barbeque.