Emergency Declarations

Portland City Hall
"I won’t wait to act. As Mayor I will use my executive authority to move us in the right direction in strategic ways," - Mayor Wheeler, February 4, 2022.
Mayor Wheeler began issuing a series of Emergency Declarations in February 2022. These actions will speed the City’s recovery on a number of important issues. 

Emergency Declaration to Prohibit Camping within High Crash Transportation Corridors

On February 4, 2022 Mayor Wheeler issued an Emergency Declaration to Address Campsites in Dangerous Sites Located High Crash Transportation Corridors within the City of Portland.

On August 19, 2022, Mayor Wheeler expanded the Emergency Declaration to Prohibit Camping within High Crash Transportation Corridors to also prohibit camping on key walking routes to K-12 schools. 

The expanded Emergency Declaration will prohibit camping around school buildings and along priority routes to and from schools, prioritizes the work of the Impact Reduction Program to post and remove camps in these areas, and enables them to keep these sites free of camping with no right of return.

Routes that will be subject to prohibit on camping can be viewed here.

Emergency Declaration to establish Safe Rest Village Sites

On February 24, 2022 Mayor Wheeler granted emergency authority to his designee to accelerate and streamline the process of establishing alternative shelter sites around the City of Portland. 

Safe Rest Villages will be managed, temporary, outdoor shelters with onsite case management, peer support, behavioral and mental health services, as well as amenities such as showers, flush toilets, laundry, trash/recycling, and community gathering spaces. 

Emergency Declaration to Activate a Street Services Coordination Center

On March 2, 2022 Mayor Wheeler issued an Emergency Declaration to activate a Street Services Coordination Center.

This new centralized incident command structure will connect local agencies and service providers to a singular point of contact. The goal of this Emergency Declaration is to get more houseless Portlanders compassionately placed into safe shelter.

The Street Services Coordination Center will be funded with by a $5.5 million-dollar investment that was already allocated during the 2021 Fall Budget Monitoring Process.  

Emergency Declaration to Improve Cleanup of the City

On Wednesday, May 11 2022, Mayor Wheeler's fourth Emergency Declaration went into effect to improve the cleanup of the city, unrelated to homelessness. This is the fourth in a series of Emergency Declarations aimed at helping to address homelessness and livability issues in Portland. 

This Emergency Declaration will improve the cleanup of the city, unrelated to homelessness. This will streamline the work and accountability for cleaning up, dealing with trash, graffiti, illegal dumping, abandoned cars, and more. It focuses on cleanup work apart from—and outside of—occupied outdoor homeless camps. It will work to activate a new center, the Public Environment Management Office (PEMO) to manage operations. 

Emergency Declaration to Address Gun Violence

On Thursday, July 21, 2022 Mayor Wheeler issued an Emergency Declaration to help address gun violence. The declaration unifies the city’s efforts under a unified command structure led by Community Safety Division Transition Director, Mike Myers.

The Emergency Declaration sets a goal to reduce Portland’s gun violence by at least 10 percent over the next two years and is guided by the findings and data provided by the California Partnerships for Safe Communities Homicide Report 2019-2021.  

90-day Fentanyl Emergency 

On Friday, May 3 2024, Governor Tina Kotek, Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, and Mayor Ted Wheeler released the final report on the 90-day state of emergency to help address the public health and public safety crisis driven by fentanyl in Portland. The emergency response was a recommendation by the governor’s Portland Central City Task Force. More information.  *This Emergency Declaration has ended.