About EMC

The Emergency Management Cooperative (EMC) for Washington County is committed to the development and maintenance of a countywide, integrated system to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters. The EMC is comprised of Washington County, the cities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Sherwood, and Tigard, Clean Water Services, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.


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

The EMC 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.


Coming to an Emergency Operations Center near you… June 7-10, 2016

The Cascadia Rising exercise is designed to mimic, to the greatest extent possible, the challenges, issues, and stressors of a 9.0 magnitude full-rip earthquake along the 700-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) fault with subsequent tsunamis and aftershocks. This will be achieved through the participation of city, county, state, tribal, federal government, military, and select private sector and non-governmental organizations throughout Oregon and Washington. The probability of an earthquake generating from the Cascadia Subduction Zone is our “Big One”, and based on expected lessons learned from this exercise, involved organizations will benefit with greater knowledge of the impacts and improved response plans.

What’s your plan?

Are you prepared to survive an earthquake of this magnitude? Have you talked to your family about what you should do before, during and after a devastating earthquake? Compare your readiness to the recommendations on this website.

30 Days, 30 Ways
Challenge Yourself to One Simple Task each day in September

30 Days, 30 Ways is a disaster preparedness game that started in 2010 by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in Vancouver, Washington.
Anyone can play

During September, one simple readiness task will be posted every day. Each day will reveal a different emergency preparedness theme and a daily winner will be selected from among the participants. And, even better…you can enter as many times as you’d like. Entries will be judged on their creativity, their relevance to the day’s theme and the importance of the message.
So let’s play…

Financial Readiness: How Ready Are You?

When it comes to preparing for emergencies, financial readiness is as important as a flashlight with fully charged batteries. Knowing that your financial documents are up-to-date, in one place, and portable can make a big difference at a tense time.

The Federal Trade Commission has posted an excellence resource to help you prepare your financial readiness. This resource makes it easy for you to identify what documents may be needed, how to securely store them and how to conduct a household inventory, in case you need to file an insurance claim in the future.


Our partner, the American Red Cross, has launched a multi-year initiative created to save lives and livelihoods by preparing individuals and families, schools, businesses and entire communities to bounce back from disasters of all types and sizes.

Why is this initiative so important?

  • $1 invested in preparedness saves $4 in response – FEMA.
  • Oregon faces a 1 in 3 chance of a magnitude 8+ earthquake in the next 50 years – US Geological Survey.
  • The Western U.S. is at the top of the global list of wildfire risk over the next 30 years – UC Berkeley, 2012.
  • Up to 40% of small businesses fail after a disaster – Small Business Administration.

Prepare! …has four components:

  1. Motivate families and individuals to be prepared for disasters.
  2. Raise preparedness as a topline issue in the business community.
  3. Increase the capacity of the American Red Cross Cascades Region to respond to disasters and emergencies.
  4. Engage communities to collaborate, plan, resource and execute full-scale disaster readiness plans.

Interested?... Prepare!






City of Beaverton

City of Tigard

Washington County

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Sheriff's Office

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue




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City of Cornelius

City of Forest Grove

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