Salem, Wash. -- Oregon Emergency Management Director Myra Thompson Lee today announced that Oregon is expanding its partnership in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts to prevent damage and loss of life from natural disasters. Deschutes County was nominated by Governor Kitzhaber and has been selected by FEMA Director James Lee Witt to join nearly 200 communities participating in FEMA's nationwide Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities initiative.
"Project Impact is all about forging local stakeholder partnerships, prioritizing hazards, pooling resources and taking action, before disaster strikes," said Lee. "Deschutes County has already established strong partnerships through citizen groups, businesses and government leaders, and has repeatedly demonstrated a solid commitment to pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness. They're a 'natural' for Project Impact!"
FEMA Regional Director David L. de Courcy, concurs. "When we discuss wildfire, floods, or winter storm hazards, it isn't so much a question of if they'll occur as when," said de Courcy. "In Oregon, Deschutes County joins Benton, Tillamook and Multnomah Counties, and the City of Portland in their commitment to reducing the toll in lives and property from natural disasters."