‘Portland, OR’ Headline Archives

Portland Alliance for Response Receives Performing Arts Readiness Grant

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Portland, OR

Portland Alliance for Response, a local network of arts and culture institutions, including Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Symphony, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Portland Art Museum, Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University, and Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from Performing Arts Readiness, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Portland Alliance for Response works with local cultural institutions, first responders, and emergency managers in the Portland, Oregon, metro area to develop relationships that foster mutual understanding. The grant will allow the Alliance to expand its reach to include performing arts organizations in a cooperative network to safeguard our cultural heritage and artistic legacy through effective communication and coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts.


Over the next several months, we will work with a consultant to create an organizational structure and strategic goals. Our planning process will culminate in a networking event in 2019 to build membership from a broad array of performing arts organizations, libraries, archives, museums, emergency management agencies, and first response services.


Read the full release here.


Portland AFR Meets with Oregon DEM

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Portland, OR

Representatives from Portland AFR met with staff from the Oregon Department of Emergency Management this winter to maintain and strengthen relationship between the two groups. Portland AFR representatives also met with the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Library Association Preservation Round Table.

Portland Follow-up Activity

Posted on: October 12th, 2012 by Jessica Unger | Portland, OR

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Portland Alliance for Response, with generous support from Heritage Preservation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, held an all-day forum, “Water, Wind, Weather: Preparing for the Next Catastrophic Storm.” This forum was Portland’s second follow-up activity since their kick-off forum in February 2011.


The event brought staff from museums, archives, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions together with first responders, emergency managers, meteorologists, and public utilities staff. Participants learned about:


• Historic weather events and emerging climate trends for the greater Portland area
• How local meteorologists and first responders communicate with each other
• How cultural heritage institutions can work with their local utilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major storm
• Protocols to protect critical electronic records and systems during power outages
• The role social media can play in communicating with the public


The forum ended with participants breaking into small groups for a table-top drill. Portland Alliance for Response steering committee members facilitated discussions on how institutions could prepare for and respond to a severe storm, including a major power outage. The groups reconvened and created a list of action items to take back to their institutions.


Participants found the sessions on climate change, social media, electronic records, working with local public utilities, and the table-top drill to be most useful. The action items that most participants committed to implementing included inviting first responders to tour their institutions, identifying critical electronic records, documenting local weather information channels, and conducting a phone drill.


Additional support for the forum was provided by Reed College and the Oregon Library Association Preservation Roundtable.