Emergency Management

The Columbia County Department of Emergency Management works to provide an effective county-wide emergency management program that prepares for whole community preparedness and builds resiliency in Columbia County.

Our focus is preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from human-caused or natural disasters and emergencies.

Emergency preparedness helps to minimize loss of life, property, and resources resulting from major emergencies, disasters, or other complex incidents. Our aim is resilience, or the ability to recover from or adjust easily to emergencies

The Department collaborates with local cities, special districts, community organizations, regional partners, and other public- and private-sector entities to promote emergency preparedness and improve incident response. Together, we identify hazards, develop emergency and mitigation plans, coordinate response activities, and train incident personnel. 

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Tools and Resources

Before a Disaster - learn what you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your home before a disaster strikes. 

During a Disaster - here's what to do when a disaster strikes.

After a Disaster - getting assistance, finding resources, and assessing the damage after a disaster.

What is Resiliency?

Columbia County Emergency Operations Plan

Homeland Security Emergency Management Commission

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Emergency Management Quick Links
General Information
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-366-4904
Emergencies: Dial 911
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.