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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was adopted by Council. This NHMP provides the City with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Jurisdictions with FEMA approved mitigation plans are eligible to apply for federal grant funding to implement identified mitigation items. The City's NHMP is an addendum to Clackamas County’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
Every five years, Federal guidelines require that the NHMP be updated, submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval, and adopted locally. Clackamas County is in the process of updating their Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) which was originally adopted in 2002 and updated in 2007. The current County plan expires in October 2012. To include a current addendum in the Clackamas County NHMP and achieve a consistent timeline with the County and other cities in the County, the City is once again updating its NHMP.