The Oregon Explorer, a collaboration between Oregon State University Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources, is a web-based natural resources digital library that integrates data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens. Oregon Explorer helps inform decisions and actions affecting Oregon's natural environment. In 2008 Phase 1 of the Oregon Hazards Explorer was released - a web-based reporting tool that allows users to access Oregon hazards data from multiple state and federal agencies and report on known hazards for specific areas of interest. Funding for development of the Hazards Explorer was provided by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Beginning early 2011, most of Oregon's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels are available for download for free through the Oregon Hazards Explorer. These maps are also available at FEMA’s map service center (http://msc.fema.gov). Blue panels are in the new digital format; pink are the older “paper” panels that have not been modernized. NOTE: Due to project delays, Tillamook County and rural Washington County are still in the older paper format and final release of the modernized version not expected until middle to late 2015.
Hazard Mitigation Planning: The Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR), through the University of Oregon, is a coalition of public, private, and professional organizations working collectively toward the mission of creating a disaster resilient and sustainable state. OPDR has established a statewide Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) planning program that provides both funding and technical assistance to local governments for the development and/or update of natural hazard mintigation plans. Local natural hazards mitigation plans must be reviewed and approved/re-approved by FEMA every 5 years. OPDR works closely with the Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), the State agency responsible for coordinating and facilitating emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.