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Portland Mercury: Coding for quakes – Novick’s ready to fight for seismically safer buildings

Image from PBEM's strategic plan.The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is seeking public comment on the bureau’s draft strategic plan for 2014-2016. PBEM’s overall mission is to protect lives, the environment and property through a coordinated and effective emergency management program. The three-year strategy works toward this mission by building on the previous strategic plan and bringing forward new projects and initiatives. The following overarching goals are included in the plan:

  1. Expand and maintain a complete suite of mitigation, response and recovery plans that meet objective standards of high professional achievement in the field of emergency management.
  2. Advance Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) readiness.
  3. Inspire a culture of preparedness.
  4. Integrate emergency management into broader community-oriented goals and investment strategies.
  5. Adopt equity and diversity goals as part of a whole community approach to emergency preparedness.

Click here to read the draft plan and click here to provide feedback. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until October 28th.

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