The metropolitan region spans Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington
The group was formed in 2012 out of a desire to build upon and unify various regional preparedness efforts in the Portland metropolitan region.
The mission of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization is to build and maintain regional disaster preparedness capabilities in the Portland Metropolitan Region through strategic and coordinated planning, training and exercising, and investment in technology and specialized equipment.
Natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other emergency incidents can affect multiple jurisdictions simultaneously. Major disasters such as earthquakes can create large-scale impacts that require outside assistance even for the most prepared local public safety organization. Cities, counties, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector stakeholders in the region all can more effectively respond to emergencies and facilitate the recovery of communities if they prepare together.
Regional collaboration in building disaster preparedness capabilities is more cost-effective for taxpayers, develops roles and relationships needed for efficient disaster response and recovery, and increases the ability to involve the whole community in preparedness initiatives.