Emergency Management and Services

ORS 401.305
Emergency management agency of city, county or tribal government

  • emergency program manager
  • coordination of emergency management functions


As used in this section, “tribal government” means a federally recognized sovereign tribal government operating within the borders of this state or an intertribal organization formed by two or more federally recognized sovereign tribal governments operating within this state.


Each county of this state shall, and each city or tribal government may, establish an emergency management agency that is directly responsible to the executive officer or governing body of the county, city or tribe.


The executive officer or governing body of each county, and any city or tribe that participates, shall appoint an emergency program manager who is responsible for the organization, administration and operation of the emergency management agency, subject to the direction and control of the county, city or tribe.


When a city or tribal government has an emergency management agency, the city or tribal government, as applicable, and the counties within which the city or tribal government operates shall jointly establish policies that:


Provide direction and identify and define the purpose and roles of the individual emergency management programs;


Specify the responsibilities of the emergency program managers and staff; and


Establish lines of communication, succession and authority of elected officials for an effective and efficient response to emergency conditions.


Each emergency management agency shall perform emergency program management functions within the territorial limits of the county, city or tribal government and may perform the functions outside the territorial limits as required under any mutual aid or cooperative assistance agreement or as requested and authorized by the county or city in whose territorial limits the emergency functions are performed.


The emergency management functions include, at a minimum:


Coordination of the planning activities necessary to prepare and maintain a current emergency operations plan, management and maintenance of emergency operating facilities from which elected and appointed officials can direct emergency and disaster response activities;


Establishment of an incident command structure for management of a coordinated response by all local emergency service agencies; and


Coordination with the Office of Emergency Management to integrate effective practices in emergency preparedness and response as provided in the National Incident Management System established by the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 of February 28, 2003. [1983 c.586 §12; 1993 c.187 §9; 2005 c.825 §11; 2013 c.189 §2]
Chapter 401

Law Review Citations

54 OLR 677 (1975)


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