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Communication is critical in a crisis, which is why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is testing its Emergency Command and Control Vehicle on Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  in downtown Portland.

The test is part of a statewide exercise conducted by Oregon Emergency Management. The scenario is  two-fold: a large Cascadia Subduction Zone type earthquake, and a flood event.

The ECCV functions as the Corps' Emergency Operation Center.  By participating in exercises like this, our teams get experience in supporting local and state governments, testing our Corps-to-State procedures, and heightens management awareness of potential USACE response-and-recovery actions for earthquake and flood scenarios.
Ready for anything
4/16/2014 12:30:00 PM
Col. Jose Aguilar assumed command of the Portland District on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. In receiving the organizational colors from Northwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. John Kem (at the left in this photo), Aguilar assumes the authority and responsibility of the command.
Colonel Aguilar assumes command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District
4/16/2014 12:26:00 PM
Seufert Rose Garden, located near The Dalles Lock and Dam visitor center, boasts historic rose varieties for visitors to enjoy.
Seufert Rose Garden at The Dalles Lock and Dam
4/15/2014 11:04:00 AM
Col. Aguilar, the commander of the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, took command on April 15, 2014.
Official U.S. Army photograph: Portland District Commander
4/15/2014 10:40:00 AM
The Portland chapter of the International Order of the Blue Gavel announced today that it has provided over 200 life jackets to the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This donation will resupply worn and lost life jackets at 19 life jacket loaner stations located along the Columbia River and in the Willamette Valley at Corps-managed parks and boat ramps. Visitors recreating on the water can borrow life jackets and return them to the kiosk before leaving. 

“Blue Gavel leadership is very excited to partner with the Corps of Engineers on this project. Our members are all past leaders of boating groups throughout the Portland metro area and we understand that drowning is preventable. Nine out of ten people who drown were not wearing life jackets, which is why this program is so important,” said Mike Kondrat, vice president of IOBG District 5. “Anything we can do to promote water safety is very good for our community.”

“Partnering with organizations like the Blue Gavel enables the Army Corps of Engineers to support a variety of water sport activities at the numerous recreational parks we manage along the Columbia and Willamette watersheds,” said Amber Tilton, park ranger and  member of the Columbia River Gorge Safe Kids Coalition. “Providing these much-needed life jackets for our kiosks enables a safer water experience for a wide variety of people enjoying our parks.”
Loan stations get new life jackets
4/14/2014 5:14:00 PM
Tom and Velda Pierce have volunteered for events at The Dalles Lock and Dam for the past three and a half years, providing key support for popular events such as the Annual Eagle Watch, the Kids Fishing Day at Spearfish Park, and most recently helped during the Amazing Race Geocache event. In this photo, Tom and Velda are sharing information about the importance of water safety and wearing life jackets at the 2012 Childrens Safety Fair.
Celebrating Volunteer Week: April 6 - 13
4/11/2014 3:02:00 PM
Shelby and Alton Clinard have volunteered as campground hosts at Cottage Grove for the 2011 and 2013 recreation seasons, and plan on returning again this year. In this photo, they're using wire brushes, preparing a gate for repainting. Alton and Shelby have helped in the day-use areas and Pine Meadows campground by helping with painting and landscape maintenance--just another great example of how volunteers give so much!
Celebrating Volunteer Week: Shelby and Alton Clinar
4/10/2014 2:02:00 PM
Bonneville Lock and Dam would like to feature Jim Price as their outstanding volunteer. Jim has volunteered for Bonneville Dam the last 9 years. He enjoys providing technical and user-friendly tours on electricity to visitors, typically leading six tours weekly.

When Jim communicates, he explains technical elements by minimizing jargon, explaining information in a way that more people can understand and appreciate. One of Jim's favorite aspects of volunteering is the interaction with visitors and staff. He enjoys seeing the enthusiasm visitors reflect when he speaks to them and shares his knowledge.
Celebrating Volunteer Week: Jim Price
4/8/2014 11:22:00 AM
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