PDX Bureau of Emergency Management preparing for quake

Coordination efforts will be top priority

Carman Merlo, the Director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, speaks to KOIN about earthquake preparedness, September 25 2015. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management expects widespread damage in the event of a large earthquake, Carman Merlo, the Director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management tells KOIN.

Merlo says the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is a coordination bureau and in a time of disaster, they would coordinate the emergency response and recovery efforts.

They would provide disaster declarations to the governor, bring in state and federal assets, provide information to the public, and find housing for displaced residents.

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management works closely with the state offices, Merlo says. They do training exercises and drills together.

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