To provide Chapter Members with resources and a forum for exchanging and developing ideas, knowledge, and technologies for mitigating from, preparing for, responding to, and recovery from all hazards (manmade and natural). The Committee also continues to foster recognition of the important role public works plays in emergency management.

Promote the value of public works and enhance its visibility and awareness, improve career development and workforce issues related to emergency management, and promote the public works profession as a career path. The Committee works to enhance strategic alliances with other emergency‐related organizations like Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) and Oregon Water/Wastewater Response Network (ORWARN).

About the Committee

The Committee provides educational opportunities, forums for information exchange, and representation on emergency management issues. The Committee’s responsibilities include planning and developing programming related to emergency management such as Listen & Learn presentations, conference and short school education sessions, and other educational programs.

The Committee also actively tracks industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices related to emergency management, and works closely with the Technologies Committee. The Committee also provides to Chapter Members information and resources on hot topics and topics of special interest (e.g., pandemics, emergency technology, etc.).

Committee Chair: Mike Lueck, City of Tigard


Each public works professional is encouraged to take the lead in working with fellow first responders. Utilize disaster drills and planned special events as training opportunities for public works staff to integrate into a community’s Incident Command System (ICS).


A series of online courses are available from the FEMA/Emergency Management Institute (EMI). The courses are available free of charge:

Compliance with National Incident Management System (NIMS) requires that all agency responders complete:

Additional courses available and recommended to round-out training for public works professionals:

Critical State of Oregon Resources
  • Emergency Training: link
  • Emergency Management Contacts: link
  • Individual Preparedness: link
  • Hazard Mitigation: link
  • Business Continuity Planning: link
  • OEM Cascadia Playbook: link

Get Involved

Interested in getting involved in the Committee or have additional information to share, please contact the Committee Chair, Mike Lueck at mikel@tigard-or.gov.

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