The City of Lake Oswego Emergency Management Program is responsible for planning, preparing, and providing for the prevention, mitigation and management of emergencies or disasters that present a threat to the lives and property of citizens of Lake Oswego. This includes coordinating and facilitating emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
On-going projects to strengthen the City's emergency management capabilities include updating the City's Emergency Operations Plan and Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), adopted by Resolution 10-77 on December 14, 2010, establishes guidance for the City's actions during response to, and short term recovery from, major emergencies and disasters. The EOP describes the roles and responsibilities of City departments and personnel when an incident occurs, and it establishes a strategy and operating guidelines that support the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the principles of the Incident Command System (ICS). The EOP consists of what is called the Basic Plan that goes through each of these roles and is supported by 15 separate Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) which are very specific in their focus.
The City’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) was adopted by City Council in July 2004. On March 23, 2010, an update, approved by FEMA, was adopted by Council. In an effort to take a more regional approach to planning for natural hazard scenarios, and in order to achieve a consistent timeline with Clackamas County and other cities in the County, the City's Hazard Mitigation Advisory Committee updated the City's 2010 NHMP Addendum to the Clackamas County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The 2013 Amendments and Update to the City of Lake Oswego Natural Hazards Plan Addendum was adopted in May 2013. The NHMP is required to be updated every five years.
The NHMP addresses the following natural hazards that could impact the City of Lake Oswego: floods, landslides, earthquakes, severe storms and extreme heat, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and drought.
Adoption of the 2013 NHMP Addendum provides access to Federal mitigation grants to minimize exposure to and recovery from the adverse affects natural hazards pose to the City.