Emergency Management

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.

Emergency Operations Plan

The City's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) was originally adopted in 2005 then reviewed and updated in 2010, 2012 (minor revisions), and, most recently, by Resolution 17-13 on June 6, 2017. The EOP 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 18 separate Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) which are very specific in their focus. In addition, the plan includes an Incident Annex and Support Annexes.

Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

The City’s initial Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) was adopted by City Council in July 2004 and subsequently updated (and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)) in 2010 and 2013.

A natural hazard mitigation plan provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship.
  • Reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs.
  • Increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process.
  • Increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.

Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan - 2019 Update

Lake Oswego is in the process of updating their existing 2013 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement - Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department’s Office of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. With re-adoption of the plan, Lake Oswego will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding towards natural hazard mitigation projects. This local planning process includes a wide range of representatives from city and county government, emergency management personnel, and outreach to members of the public in the form of an electronic survey.

The updated plan, as with the current plan, will be included as an addendum to Clackamas County's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

Review draft 2019 NHMP.

As part of the NHMP update process, the City is asking residents to complete a brief survey regarding their preparedness for natural hazards.

Take our NHMP survey. The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes. Survey closes January 15, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the Lake Oswego NHMP addendum or the update process in general, please contact: Bonnie Hishberger, Citizen Information Specialist, at 503-675-3992 or bhirshberger@ci.oswego.or.us; or Michael Howard, Assistant Program Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, at 541-346-8413 or mrhoward@uoregon.edu.