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Emergency manangement is made up of a four-part, ongoing cycle: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.


Mitigation is the most cost-effective part of the emergency management cycle. By lessening or reducing potential hazards before an emergency occurs, we can reduce their impact during an emergency.


Preparedness begins where Mitigation leaves off. Preparedness helps minimize the impact of hazards that cannot be fully mitigated and generates an effective response.

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  • Oregon HazVu: Statewide Geohazards Viewer provides a way to view many different geohazards in the state of Oregon. You can enter the address for your home, school, business, or public buildings in your area to see what hazards might affect you. You can print the map you create. Geohazards include 100-year flooding, Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake shaking and tsunami, coastal erosion, volcano, landslide, active faults, earthquake soft soil, and more. Assets include state-owned/leased facilities and public buildings such as schools, police and fire stations, and hospitals, as well as links to seismic assessment reports for these public buildings. Please be aware that not all geohazards have been completely mapped, but this viewer shows the best available data from DOGAMI.
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  • American Red Cross
  • CitizenCorps


Response is mostly reactive, addressing emergency needs once an emergency has occured, including:

  • TV/radio broadcasts
  • Medical, fire, and police
  • Emergency operation centers (EOCs)
  • Mutual aid (local, state, federal, including National Guard and specialized teams)
  • Disaster declarations and implementation of emergency statutes
  • Containment

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    Recovery can start even as Response is continuing and may include Mitigation. May include items like shelters, financial assistance, education, and more.

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