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City of Portland names new Emergency Management Director

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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

Our core values as a City include anti-racism and equity. Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. They should encounter a Portland free of bias and hate, where they do not fear for their safety and security.

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Volunteer at a cooling center/misting station

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is seeking volunteers to staff cooling centers and misting stations August 11-15, 2021.

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Portland Mayor declares second state of emergency due to extreme heat

The emergency extreme heat declaration will be in effect beginning at noon on Wednesday, August 11 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 15. The City will again operate its own cooling centers and outdoor misting centers to assist community members during extreme temperatures.

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Portland Mayor declares state of emergency due to extreme heat

The emergency extreme heat declaration will be in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30 through 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. City opens three cooling centers and three outdoor misting centers to help assist community members in extreme temperatures.

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Portland names interim emergency management director

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler names Jonna Papaefthimiou interim director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) starting on April 1, 2021.

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The City's Response to COVID-19

Activated in March, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portland Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) is tasked with the essential role of coordinating the City’s COVID-19 response and recovery activities. The Portland ECC is staffed by over 80 City employees from many bureaus. 

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Disaster Preparedness- Prepare Your Home for an Earthquake

For week three of Building Safety Month 2020, we'll learn about preparing our communities and homes in the event of a disaster. Helpful video details how to prepare your home for an earthquake.

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Portland and Multnomah County Provide Informational Posters and Flyers for Public Spaces

Print the posts and flyers for use in public spaces. Printable resources that provide information on how to social distance and keep healthy.

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