Oregon to hold emergency management workshop for April

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management recently announced that it will hold an emergency management preparedness workshop April 1-3 for government staff.

The workshop will cover topics such as the Homeland Security Grant Program, grant writing and management, risk assessment, hazard mitigation plans, training opportunities and planning. Attendees will learn more about the integrated public alert and warning system, which is operated by local authorities instead of state or federal emergency managers.

During the training workshop, attendees will become familiar with the state's RAPTOR real time assessment and planning tool, which became available in 2011. RAPTOR allows emergency management staff to view and interact with geospatial base maps and aerial imagery, in addition to preparedness, hazards, weather and event data using the internet in any location and at any time. The tool is open for use in Oregon as well as bordering states and across the nation.

Participants in the multi-day training session include county and tribal emergency management staff, state agency emergency management staff and homeland security grant recipients.

The workshop will take place in centrally-located Sunriver, Ore., and is limited to 125 participants. The state will cover lodging for up to two attendees from each county and nine tribal nations.