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Spurred by three federally declared disasters in 2020-21, commissioners announce preparedness move

FILE PHOTO - With three federally declared disasters in 2020-21, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is going to set up a group to review plans and after-action reports.The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners has announced it will form a community Emergency Preparedness Council, to help residents in the wake of three federally declared disasters within Clackamas County over the past year.

The advisory council is meant to provide community input around specific aspects of disaster planning and response for all types of hazards. Commissioners said the council will strengthen community engagement around emergency preparedness.

"Responding to emergencies takes a community effort," Clackamas County Board Chair Tootie Smith said. "We are grateful to our residents who will work alongside us to prepare in advance of and respond to disasters in Clackamas County."

To apply for the council, go to web3.clackamas.us/abc.

The Preparedness Council members will also review after-action reports following disasters and address any identified gaps or areas of improvement that would benefit from additional community involvement.

The Preparedness Councl will be made up of 15 members, from a wide swath of Clackamas County stakeholders, including, but not limited to, community representatives from community planning organizations, utility partners such as Portland General Electric, local business owners, tourism industry representatives, nonprofit leaders, local city officials and members of the board.

The council will meet quarterly and community members will be appointed by the board from a countywide application process announced at a later date.


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