Crisis Continuity Coalition Quarterly Meeting- Wed 7 Aug May 2019, 1000-1130 (Location TBD)


Recent Events

Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX)- Wed 12 June 2019




Emergency Managers, COOP coordinators, Incident Management Team leaders & participants, and anyone with an interest in crisis continuity and emergency management for the Federal, State, & Local communities in Portland & SW Washington was invited to join the Oregon Federal Executive Board (OFEB)-hosted Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercise on 12 June from 0830-1300, hosted in the US District Court Conference Room, 1000 SW 3rd Ave #740, Portland, OR 97204

We participated as a local team in the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-led virtual program, with 10-15 additional sites around the country. SA Gundersen, FBI, served as our facilitator for the event

Participants included:

Rachit Nerwal, Business Continuity Planner, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management; Steve Reinbrcht, Area Emergency Manager, DHS; Sarah Barr, Assistant United States Attorney, DOJ; Joyce Hamilla, Executive Director, OFEB; Sam Fenstermacher, Security Officer, DOJ; Gabriel Gundersen, Special Agent, DOJ; Tony Freeman, Information Technology Officer, DOC; Sandra Flint, Special Agent, DOJ; Lea Anderson, Management Analyst, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Sean Barry, Lead IT Specialist (INFOSEC), DOE; Dennis Tomlin, Chief Information Security Officer, Multnomah County; Mario Batlle, Transportation Security Manager, DHS; Kandice Petorak, Deputy Regional Emergency Coordinator, GSA; Anthony Reiter, Physical Security Specialist, DOE; Chass Jones, Protective Security Specialist, DHS; Dan Delano, Senior Cyber Security Analyst, Multnomah County; Eloise Arnot, Intern, OFEB








Earthquake Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX)- 25 Apr 2019

A diverse group of participants came together and exercised a magnitude 6.4 Earthquake scenario, in conjunction with a FEMA-hosted national VTC.

Participants included:

Lea Anderson, Management Analyst, HUD; Scott Asphaug, First Assistant United States Attorney, DOJ; Sarah Barr, Assistant United States Attorney, DOJ; Mario Battle, Transportation Security Manager, TSA; Stuart Blanchette, Contingency Planning/Incident Mgmt, USCG; Bryan Bohn, Emergency Management Coordinator, BLM; Ian Bow, AAPD, CBP; Janean Cantwell, Executive Coordination Center Officer, TSA; Anne Castleton, Emergency Coordinator, City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services; Candy Cates, All Hazards Planner, Oregon Health Authority; Douglas Dailey, Security Specialist, BPA; Christopher Dotson, Emergency Management Coordinator, IHS; Valerie Eslinger, STSM, TSA; Lori Fischer, Safety coordinator, USGS; Joyce Hamilla, Executive Director, OFEB; Michael Gallagher, VA Facilities Manager, VA; Jennifer Johnson, Training Officer, FHWA; John Nguyen (facilitator), Manager, COOP and EM, BPA; Michael Patterson, Emergency Manager, VA; Vicki Peterson, Administrative Officer, FHWA; Jeffrey Rapp, Regional Review Appraiser, USDA- Rural Development; Susan Romanski, Director, US Preparedness, Mercy Corps; David Rudawitz, Director of Communications, Oregon CAP; Laura Walters, NE Quadrant Coord, HUD; William Wiley, NW Emergency Preparedness & Mgt. St. VdeP; Nicole Young, Economist, DoL BLS

Original Announcement: Emergency Managers, COOP coordinators, Incident Management Team leaders & participants, and anyone with an interest in crisis continuity and emergency management for the Federal, State, & Local communities in Portland & SW Washington is invited to join the Oregon Federal Executive Board (OFEB)-hosted Earthquake Virtual Tabletop Exercise on 25 April from 0900-1300, hosted in the ICE VTC conference room at 4310 SW Macadam Ave. 


How do I obtain my FEMA Student Identification (SID) number? (Note this is for FEMA credit only. Participants also need to register here to sign up for the exercise.

Step 1: To register, go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid
Step 2: Click on the “Need a FEMA SID” box on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account. Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location. The SID number must be used in place of the SSN on your General Admissions Application (FEMA Form 119-25-1, Box 3)

FEMA Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program Background

EMI conducts a series of VTTX using a video teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community based training audiences around the country and provide a virtual forum for disaster training. The VTTX process involves key personnel from the emergency management community of practice reviewing a prepackaged set of exercise materials, then convening for a four-hour tabletop exercise discussion of a simulated disaster scenario with a total of 10-15 individual sites. The event allows the connected sites to assess current plans, policies, and procedures while learning from the other connected sites, as they provide their perspective and practice while exercising a similar situation. There is no cost for this program.


Exercise Goals: All National Exercise Program training events must support one or more of the Principal Objectives.

The Principal Objectives are high-level strategic goals based on national preparedness priorities across the homeland security enterprise. The seven Principal’s Objectives for 2018-2019 are:

1. Intelligence and Information Sharing: Examine and validate core capabilities and processes to rapidly exchange and analyze appropriate classified and unclassified information among Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, private sector and international partners prior to and during an incident that threatens the security of the nation.

2. Non-Stafford Act Incidents: Examine the ability of departments and agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents where a Stafford Act declaration is not likely, by identifying and validating appropriate authorities, roles, responsibilities, resources, and organizational and operational structures.

3. Complex Terrorist Attacks: Examine the ability of Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to respond to complex terrorist attacks with a focus on integrated response planning among law enforcement, medical services, emergency management, and other whole community stakeholders.

4. Cyber Coordination: Examine the implementation of national policy, frameworks, and guidance for whole community stakeholders on relevant authorities, plans, procedures, and available resources for cyber incident coordination.

5. Recovery Coordination: Demonstrate the ability of the whole community, especially State, territorial, tribal, and local governments, to perform effective recovery coordination and planning in parallel with response operations to achieve long-term community recovery objectives. No. 1429 Page 2 Wednesday, August 1, 2018

6. Infectious Disease and Biological Incidents: Examine the ability of Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to respond to infectious disease pandemics and biological incidents.

7. Catastrophic Incidents: Examine the ability of the whole community to deliver life-saving and life-sustaining capabilities to survivors following a catastrophic incident that severely affects communities and critical infrastructure