PIO Toolkit


Be Winter Ready

NOAA is predicting an ENSO-neutral winter in the Pacific Northwest. Looking at snowfall history from 1950-2011, 60% of the top snowiest winters occurred during ENSO-neutral winters.

ENSO-neutral refers to those periods when neither El Niño nor La Niña is present. ENSO stands for El Niño/Southern Oscillation. The ENSO cycle refers to variations in sea-surface temperatures, convective rainfall, surface air pressure, and atmospheric circulation that occur across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño and La Niña represent opposite extremes in the ENSO cycle.

Be “Winter Ready” by using these helpful resources:

National Weather Service
ODOT Trip Check
Winter Storms
Motor Vehicle Preparedness

Sandbags Available
During winter and early spring when flooding is a concern, many jurisdictions in Washington County provide sandbags and sand for public use. These sites are self-service. Bring your own shovel and help yourself. Click here for a complete list of the 13 sandbag sites and here for information on how to fill and use sandbags.

About OCEM

The Office of Consolidated Emergency  Management for Washington County is committed to the development and  maintenance of a county-wide, integrated system to prepare for, respond  to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters.  OCEM comprises Beaverton,  Tigard,  Hillsboro, Washington County, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.


In addition to local governments and special service districts, OCEM provides assistance to local businesses, schools, social service agencies, church groups, neighborhood groups, civic organizations, and youth groups.

OCEM takes a proactive approach to enhancing government preparedness and educating the public. Since government’s ability to respond may be limited during disasters, citizens need to be prepared to manage on their own for a minimum of three days.

CERT logo

If you live or work in the cities of Hillsboro, Beaverton, or Tigard, you are eligible to sign up for free CERT training.


If you find it difficult to set aside time to prepare for emergencies, you're not alone.  Find out how to prepare in "5 minute increments" with the Take 5 To Survive campaign.

Click on the Take 5 clock to the left to view a list of projects and helpful resource links.  En Español

There's An App For That

Free smartphone apps to help you respond to emergencies:

First Aid - American Red Cross
Have first aid procedures at your fingertips.

PulsePoint - TVF&R
This app alerts subscribers who have indicated that they are CPR-trained to a sudden cardiac arrest event that’s occurring ¼ mile or less from where they are.

The new Pubic Alerts System is capable of sending emergency notifications to residents via telephone, text and emails. While most landline phones are already used for this purpose, cell phones are not - unless residents register their contact information online. Learn more at www.publicalerts.org





Sheriffs Office


City of Hillsboro

City of Beaverton

City of Tigard

Washington County

Washington County
Sheriff's Office

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue