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Chapter 3.124 Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

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(Chapter replaced by Ordinance No. 184740; Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)


3.124.010 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)  The following definitions apply to Chapters 3.124 through 3.126:

 

A.  “Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)” means a written document that describes the City’s overall emergency management plan.  A CEMP specifies the purpose, organization, responsibilities and facilities of the agencies and officials of the City in the mitigation of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters. 

 

B.  “Director” means the director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

 

C.  “Emergency” means any natural, technological or human-made, event or circumstance causing or threatening: widespread loss of life, injury to persons or property, human suffering or financial loss, including but not limited to fire, explosion, flood, severe weather, landslides or mud slides, drought, earthquake, volcanic activity, tsunamis or other oceanic phenomena, spills or releases of oil or hazardous material, contamination, utility or transportation emergencies, disease, blight, infestation, civil disturbance, riot, sabotage, acts of terrorism and war.   

 

D.  “EmergencyCoordinationCenter(ECC)” means the centralized location where local officials gather during an emergency to coordinate emergency response activities and implement direction from the Mayor. 

 

E.  “Emergency Management” means an approach to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents.

 

F.  “Emergency Notices” means information that is disseminated primarily in anticipation of or during an emergency.  In addition to providing situational information to the public, it frequently provides directive actions required to be taken by the general public.

 

G.  “Emergency Plan” means an ongoing plan for responding to a wide variety of potential hazards.

 

H.  “Incident” means an occurrence, natural or human-made, that requires a response to protect life or property in an emergency.

 

I.  “National Incident Management System” (NIMS) means the Federal Government’s standardized framework of doctrines, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes for emergency management.


3.124.020 Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)  There is established by the City Council the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) as a part of the Mayor’s portfolio.


3.124.030 Purpose.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)  The purpose of PBEM is to centralize leadership and coordination of emergency management.


3.124.040 Organization.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)  The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management shall consist of the Director and such other employees as the Council may provide. The Director shall be immediately responsible to the Mayor and, thereafter, to the City Council.


3.124.050 Director's Powers and Duties.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.)  The Director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s duties and powers include, but are not limited to the following:

 

A.  Overall administrative authority for the Office;

 

B.  Serve as principal strategic advisor to the Mayor concerning emergency management;

 

C.  Implement policy directives of the City Council and the Disaster Policy Council and enforce the schedules and plans approved by them;

 

D.  Manage the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), establishing the overall structure, roles, responsibilities and direction for the operation of the ECC and ensuring that the ECC is appropriately sited, staffed, equipped, and maintained. The Director may reassign employees to ECC duties as required;

 

E.  Maintain written emergency plans, including all chapters, annexes and appendices of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and annually submit a report with any recommendations for revisions;

 

F.  Maintain records documenting compliance with requirements of federal and state emergency management programs, including NIMS.  When a bureau other than PBEM possesses such records, the bureau shall immediately produce them upon the request of the Director;

 

G.  Develop and implement training and exercise programs for responders that test the effectiveness of the CEMP and other emergency management plans;

 

H.  Develop and implement processes, procedures, and systems for communicating emergency notices to the public and responders about incidents;

 

I.  Develop and implement programs to educate the public about emergency preparedness, including volunteer programs, and train citizens to assist in emergencies;

 

J.  Evaluate the effectiveness of the City’s response to an emergency event.


3.124.060 Staff and Delegation.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185304, effective June 1, 2012.) 

 

A.  The Director may appoint an Operations Manager who is accountable to the Director and may appoint other personnel necessary to carry out the provisions of this Chapter, when in keeping with the adopted budget for PBEM or specially funded projects. 

 

B.  The Director may delegate to staff members any of the Director's duties.

 

C.  In the event of an emergency, the line of succession for the PBEM is: Director, Operations Manager, Training and Exercise Manager, Planning Manager, and Planning Program Specialist.

 

D.  When a succession occurs, all duties and responsibilities of the Director are transferred to the successor and any delegations remain in place unless withdrawn by the new Director. 


3.124.070 Neighborhood Emergency Team Program.

The purpose of the Neighborhood Emergency Team Program is to prepare neighborhoods for self-sufficiency during an emergency by providing individuals with information, training, and exercises related to emergency preparedness and response.


3.124.080 Neighborhood Emergency Teams.

 

A.  As part of the Neighborhood Emergency Team Program, the Director is authorized to:

 

1.  Create Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET) and define the qualifications for membership therein;

 

2.  Develop written processes and procedures governing the conduct of members;

 

3.  Conduct or cause to be conducted such inquiries or investigations into the fitness of an individual to serve as a NET member that the Director believes are necessary and appropriate;

 

4.  Conduct or approve of ongoing training for NET members;

 

5.  Designate certain NET members as team leaders for the purpose of supervision;

 

6.  Dismiss or remove NET members.

 

B.  When acting as agents of the City, NET members are entitled to defense and indemnification pursuant to ORS 30.285.


3.124.090 Neighborhood Emergency Team Leaders.

 

A.  All NET members shall be immediately responsible to a team leader and thereafter the Director.  The Director may dismiss or remove a NET Leader.

 

B.  NET leaders may designate one assistant for each five NET members or fraction thereof for purposes of maintaining adequate supervision of NET members during training or deployment.

 

C.  NET leaders are responsible  for the organization, ongoing training, communication with and operational safety of the NET members assigned to their teams.

 

D.  NET leaders shall attend regularly scheduled meetings for the purposes of training and communicating with NET members.

 

E.  NET leaders shall evaluate the performance of NET members and may recommend to the Director the dismissal or removal of NET members.


Title 3
Chapter 3.02 Council Organization and Procedure
Chapter 3.04 Subpoena Powers
Chapter 3.05 City Auditor's Audit Services Division
Chapter 3.06 Departments, Bureaus and Divisions Generally
Chapter 3.08 Treasurer
Chapter 3.10 Office of City Attorney
Chapter 3.12 Bureau of Transportation
Chapter 3.13 Bureau of Environmental Services
Chapter 3.15 Office of Management and Finance
Chapter 3.16 City Budget Office
Chapter 3.18 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.20 Bureau of Police
Chapter 3.21 City Auditor's Independent Police Review Division
Chapter 3.22 Portland Fire & Rescue
Chapter 3.24 Portland Water Bureau
Chapter 3.26 Bureau of Parks
Chapter 3.27 Portland Parks and Recreation Board
Chapter 3.28 Bureau of Health
Chapter 3.30 Bureau of Development Services
Chapter 3.32 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.33 Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Chapter 3.34 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.36 Portland Housing Bureau
Chapter 3.38 Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC)
Chapter 3.40 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.44 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.46 Bureau of Insect Control
Chapter 3.52 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.53 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.54 Loss Control and Prevention
Chapter 3.57 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.58 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.60 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.62 Boxing Commission
Chapter 3.64 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.66 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.67 Performing Arts Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.68 Formal Japanese Garden Commission
Chapter 3.70 Pittock Mansion Advisory Commission
Chapter 3.71 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.72 Committee on Claims
Chapter 3.74 Oaths of Office
Chapter 3.76 Public Records
Chapter 3.77 Office of the Ombudsman
Chapter 3.78 Acquisition of County Property for Park Purposes
Chapter 3.80 Special Permits
Chapter 3.82 Officer and Employee Bonds
Chapter 3.84 City Owned Motor Vehicle Accident Reports
Chapter 3.86 Golf Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.88 Investment Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.90 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.92 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.94 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.95 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.96 Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Chapter 3.98 Towing Board of Review
Chapter 3.99 Fair Wage Policies
Chapter 3.100 Equal Opportunity
Chapter 3.101 Property Tax Exemption for Low Income Housing Held by Charitable Non-Profit Organizations
Chapter 3.102 Property Tax Exemption for New Construction of Single-Unit Housing in Homebuyer Opportunity Areas
Chapter 3.103 Property Tax Exemption for Multiple-Unit Housing Development
Chapter 3.104 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.105 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.106 Exposition-Recreation Commission
Chapter 3.107 Water Quality Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.110 Bureau of Hydroelectric Power
Chapter 3.111 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.112 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.114 Office for Community Technology
Chapter 3.115 Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission
Chapter 3.116 Waterways Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.120 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.122 Economic Improvement Districts
Chapter 3.123 Portland Utility Review Board
Chapter 3.124 Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Chapter 3.125 Disaster Policy Council
Chapter 3.126 Emergency Management Steering Committee
Chapter 3.127 Bureau of Portland Fire and Police Disability and Retirement
Chapter 3.128 Office of Equity and Human Rights
Chapter 3.129 Human Rights Commission