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What Goes Into Planning An Active Shooter Drill?

OPB | May 06, 2015

How do school and law enforcement officials prepare for the worst without traumatizing students and staff?

Planning For a Psychiatric Emergency Room In Portland

OPB | Dec. 08, 2014

MONDAY: The city wants to create a place for police to bring someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Lessons For Portland From The Christchurch Earthquake

OPB | Oct. 20, 2014

MONDAY: We'll talk to the director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management about her fact-finding mission to Christchurch to see its response to the 2011 earthquake.

Seismic Retrofitting For Oregon Buildings

OPB | Oct. 06, 2014

MONDAY: We'll hear about how prepared Oregon buildings are to withstand a major earthquake, and which ones may be getting upgrades.

Napa Valley Rocked By 6.1 Earthquake

OPB | Aug. 25, 2014

MONDAY: We'll explore the geology behind the quake, the emergency response, and what it all means for the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon's 911 System

OPB | June 19, 2014

THURSDAY: Another outage with local 911 systems this week brought up questions about how state agencies and private companies work together to provide 911 service.

Responding To 911 Outages In Oregon & Washington

OPB | April 10, 2014

THURSDAY: Service has been restored after a 911 outage that affected both Washington and Oregon. How did this happen?

Audit Finds Problems In Office Of Emergency Management

OPB | Feb. 11, 2014

TUESDAY: An audit released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office suggests that the state's Office of Emergency Management faces internal challenges that could hamper disaster response.

When Should You Not Call 911?

OPB | Jan. 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY: The 911 service provider in Washington County is publishing the most ridiculous calls of the week in an effort to educate people about when not to call 911.

Recommendations For Emergency 911 Operators

OPB | July 16, 2013

A new audit of Portland's Bureau of Emergency Communication says 911 operators need more ongoing training. 

Oregon Earthquake Commission Predicts Potential Catastrophe

OPB | Feb. 06, 2013

The state's Earthquake Commission finds Oregon is drastically unprepared for an inevitable quake.

The End of the Tsunami Sirens in Tillamook County

OPB | Nov. 02, 2012

Tillamook County plans to stop the use of tsunami sirens in favor of other emergency alert tools.

Getting Prepared

OPB | Oct. 30, 2012

If an earthquake or a huge storm struck the Pacific Northwest, how would you cope?

Expired Medications

OPB | Aug. 14, 2012

Drug shortages are leading some Oregon ambulances to resort to carrying expired medications.

On The Job: Emergency Volunteers

OPB | Oct. 10, 2011

In this installment of our On the Job series, we talk with people who volunteer to be emergency responders.

Rural Emergency

OPB | April 06, 2011

How do ambulance companies operate sustainable businesses in rural areas of the state?

The Big One

OPB | April 21, 2010

Are Northwest people and places ready for the Cascadia subduction earthquake?

Rx: Personal Values

OPB | Aug. 19, 2009

What do you expect from the healthcare system?

Emergency Measures

OPB | Dec. 09, 2008

The American College of Emergency Physicians is releasing a national emergency care report card. How's Oregon doing? And how do we compare to the rest of the country?