SALEM, Ore. -- 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. Clackamas County was nominated by Governor Kitzhaber and has been selected by FEMA Director James Lee Witt to join over 250 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. "Clackamas 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 Deputy Regional Director Tammy Doherty 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 Doherty. "In Oregon, Clackamas County joins Benton, Deschutes, Tillamook and Multnomah Counties, and the City of Portland in their commitment to reducing the toll in lives and property from natural disasters."