Levels of Emergency Management


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an independent agency of the federal government that reports to the president. FEMA’s mission is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.


The mission of Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) is to execute the governor’s responsibilities to maintain an emergency services system as prescribed in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 401. This is accomplished through the prevention, mitigation, and management of emergencies or disasters that present a threat to the lives and property of citizens and visitors to the State of Oregon.


Washington County’s Office of Consolidated Emergency Management (OCEM) is a multi-jurisdiction emergency management organization formed by an intergovernmental agreement in 1995. The organization serves Washington County, the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, and the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) District. OCEM is committed to the development and maintenance of a countywide, integrated system to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters.


The City of Beaverton’s Emergency Management Program is responsible for developing and maintaining the City’s ability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against major emergencies and disasters and to minimize loss of life and property, ensure continuity of government, and facilitate rapid recovery.