Purpose: To lessen the impact of disasters on our Hillsboro community through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.
Emergency Management is involved in a wide variety of activities, including:
- Write and coordinate plans for the city's response to various disaster scenarios
- Train city staff and elected officials in a coordinated response to various disaster scenarios
- Participate in county-wide exercises which test our coordinated response to various disaster scenarios
- Equip, train and staff an Emergency Operations Center to manage the city's coordinated response to various disaster scenarios
- Provide disaster preparedness information and training to city staff, businesses, and residents; includes group presentations and information booths at various events.
- Train and equip residents to organize their neighborhoods to respond to a disaster, specifically through our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Map Your Neighborhood programs
- Organize, equip and train amateur radio operators to provide emergency communications during disasters
- Coordinate plans and training with other public- and private-sector emergency managers across the county, region and state
- Participate in public safety planning and response for large events, such as the Oregon International Airshow Plan, prepare and train for various disaster scenarios with emergency response agencies throughout the Portland metro region
- Train and respond in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security's National Incident Management System Use lessons learned from the above activities to improve emergency management plans and programs
Emergency Management is housed in the Fire Department and reports directly to the Fire Chief. The office is located at Hillsboro Fire Station #1 (Main Station).
The City of HIllsboro Emergency Management function was first staffed in 1995, as part of an agreement to form the Office of Consolidated Emergency Management for Washington County (OCEM). Washington County Emergency Management has taken over the role of OCEM. Washington County works to:
- Improve the level of disaster and emergency preparedness within the boundaries of Washington County.
- Increase coordination among jurisdictions and various emergency service functions provided within those jurisdictions.
- Manage Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery in uninvorporates areas of Washington County.