Risk MAP is an association of many State Agencies and University partners
FEMA is the primary federal agency working in the field of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and education. Their mission is: "to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards."
Land Use Planning: The Department of Land Conservation and Develpment's (DLCD) mission is to support all communities in creating and implementing comprehensive plans that reflect and balance the statewied planning goals, the vision of it's citizens, and the interests of local, state, federal and tribal governments. In particular, Statwide Planning Goal 7 requires local governments adopt comprehensive plans (inventories, policies and implementing measures) to reduce risk to people and property from natural hazards. In addition, the DLCD' Natural Hazrds program serves as the State's coordinating agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Mapping and Science: The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industry's (DOGAMI) major function is to serve as the centeralized source of geologic information in Oregon for the public and all levels of governent. DOGAMI identifies and quantifies natural hazards and also works to reduce the risk of earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and coastal hazards through a comprehensive and broad-reaching mitigation strategy. Among the many objectives: 1) Identify existing landslides with LiDAR imagery and map areas susceptible to future landslides; 2) Effect easthquake risk reductions through hazard mapping and vulnerablitiy assessments; 3) Complete and update maps of shoreline variablity, coastal erosion and tsunami hazards; 4) Coordinate data collections and distribution following natural disasters; and 5) Advocate for and implement the application of LiDAR in flood hazard mapping.
GIS Data and Standards: The Geospatial Enterprise Office (GEO) provides GIS coordination for state agencies, hosts and maintains Oregon's Digital Spatial Data Library, facilitates and promotes GIS standards efforts, and assists with coordination of GIS activities for Oregon.
- One of the key components of the Geospatial Enterprise Office is the Oregon Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, which includes many functions designed to support the Oregon GIS Community.
- Communication mechanisms that help to develop and build a sense of community among the users of GIS technology and geospatial data;
- Metadata repository to ensure that all Framework data sets shared by multiple agencies are properly documented according to accepted standards;
- Geospatial data access and distribution to ensure the easiest possible access to Framework data needed for decision-making;
- Geospatial data archive, coordinated through the Oregon University System library system;
- Internet mapping services to enable all users to view and manipulate data holdings without specialized GIS software or knowledge; and
- Data integration, coordinated through identified data stewards for each Framework dataset. The Oregon Geospatial Data Clearinghouse contains the base map layers required by FEMA and has the infrastructure that is needed for storage and distribution of Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Hazard Mitigation Planning: The Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR), through the University of Oregon, is a coalition of public, private, and professional organizations working collectively toward the mission of creating a disaster resilient and sustainable state. OPDR has established a statewide Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) planning program that provides both funding and technical assistance to local governments for the development and/or update of natural hazard mintigation plans. Local natural hazards mitigation plans must be reviewed and approved/re-approved by FEMA every 5 years. OPDR works closely with the Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), the State agency responsible for coordinating and facilitating emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
The Oregon Explorer, a collaboration between Oregon State University Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources, is a web-based natural resources digital library that integrates data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens. Oregon Explorer helps inform decisions and actions affecting Oregon's natural environment. In 2008 Phase 1 of the Oregon Hazards Explorer was released - a web-based reporting tool that allows users to access Oregon hazards data from multiple state and federal agencies and report on known hazards for specific areas of interest. Funding for development of the Hazards Explorer was provided by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Beginning early 2011, most of Oregon's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels are available for download for free through the Oregon Hazards Explorer. These maps are also available at FEMA’s map service center (http://msc.fema.gov). Blue panels are in the new digital format; pink are the older “paper” panels that have not been modernized. NOTE: Due to project delays, Tillamook County and rural Washington County are still in the older paper format and final release of the modernized version not expected until middle to late 2015.