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The Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (MCEM) Training and Exercise Section coordinates and conducts the courses that help increase disaster resilience. Our audience includes local emergency management professionals, first responders, volunteer organizations, private organizations and other partners that are focused on keeping Multnomah County safe from all hazards, natural or human-made. We also coordinate with other federal, state, and regional training providers.

The goal of the MCEM training & exercise program is to improve the overall readiness and capabilities of emergency response and recovery. By validating training, emergency plans, and procedures, we identify strengths and areas for improvement, demonstrate operational capabilities, and prepare personnel to respond to and recovery from real world incidents, regardless of the threat or hazard. This is accomplished through the implementation of the building block approach for training and exercises, including training, seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises.


From this page, you can find information on current courses being offered throughout the county and the region.

The majority trainings are offered free of charge. Class sizes are usually limited and students are encouraged to enroll early to ensure a seat in the class. Note that while courses are usually filled on a first come, first served basis, on occasion other criteria are used to select students for courses. Students will receive a confirmation no later than two weeks prior to the start of class. For more information please see the applicable course announcement linked through our training calendars.


The exercise program implemented and managed by the MCEM provides first responders, emergency management professionals, public health and service providers, volunteers, elected officials, private industry, and others with the skills necessary to protect life and property through response and recovery exercises.

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Please contact Alice Busch to coordinate your training and exercise needs.