Oregon Disaster Response Plan Needs Improvement

The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) has released the 2020 Labor Day Wildfire Disaster Recovery Operations After-Action Review. The 2020 Labor Day Wildfires and Straight-Line Winds event marked the first full activation of the Oregon Disaster Recovery Plan and called for an unprecedented recovery operation in Oregon, employing approximately 1,500 professionals from around the country and within the state. 

Oregonians impacted by the 2020 wildfires received just over $39 million in relief from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs guided by OEM staff, and they continue to receive assistance from Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs). Nearly $500 million has been obligated to repair infrastructure and rebuild communities, with more to come. OEM anticipates facilitating Public Assistance projects and local jurisdiction support with LTRGs and Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COADs) for decades. 

View the After-Action Review on OEM’s website.

Source: Oregon Emergency Management

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