Portland, Ore. -- On Monday, September 13, 1999, FEMA Regional Director David L. de Courcy and a host of local government, community, business and nonprofit agency representatives met at Multnomah Lodge to formally sign the Multnomah County/City of Portland Project Impact partnership agreement. At the signing ceremony, Ivy Frances, Manager of the Johnson Creek Watershed for the Bureau of Environmental Services said "We are particularly excited about all the community and private sector partners joining together with us to make a real difference in preventing future disaster damage."
Initial partnership priorities include: Establishing a flood hazard Community Rating System; developing a business and industry continuation plan; providing flood hazard information to homeowners and businesses; assisting schools in developing disaster educational programs; and establishing neighborhood emergency response teams.
David L. de Courcy, FEMA Regional Director, expressed his pleasure in including Multnomah County and Portland in the growing list of Project Impact communities. "Project Impact is a nation-wide initiative designed to change the way America deals with disasters through local stakeholder partnerships and pooled resources. Time and time again the lesson is driven home that when disaster strikes, there is no substitute for solid preparedness planning, and that the time to start disaster mitigation is before disaster strikes," said de Courcy.