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TOPOFF at PCC Cascade campus and Governor K's message

"Cascade Campus will serve as a backup command center in conjunction with Oregon's participation. Approximately 50 key emergency preparedness officials will be housed in the garage area of Cascade Campus' Public Services Education Building which will serve as a backup command
center." [That's on the north side of NE Killingsworth St. a couple blocks east of I-5 for inquiring minds...]
FYI!

Oregon is one of three sites that will participate in a national TOPOFF
(TOPOFF 4) exercise, beginning on Monday, October 15, and ending on
Friday, October 19, "the largest and most ambitious exercise in
emergency preparedness in U.S. history." In this exercise, Cascade
Campus will serve as a backup command center in conjunction with
Oregon's participation. Approximately 50 key emergency preparedness
officials will be housed in the garage area of Cascade Campus' Public
Services Education Building which will serve as a backup command
center. The article below gives more details on TOPOFF 4.

Thanks,

Algie C. Gatewood, Ed.D.
Cascade Campus President
Student Services Building, Room 209
705 N. Killingsworth Street
P.O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280

Telephone: 503-978-5302
Fax: 503-978-5370

Press Release

October 4, 2007

Governor Kulongoski and Mayor Potter Highlight Oregon's Participation
in TOPOFF 4
TOPOFF 4 is the largest international emergency preparedness exercise
in history

Salem - Today Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Portland Mayor Tom
Potter announced that final preparations are under way in Portland for
"TOPOFF 4," the largest and most ambitious exercise in emergency
preparedness in U.S. history.

"TOPOFF is a serious and comprehensive exercise designed to make sure
that the health and safety of our citizens are protected in the event
of a major emergency," said Governor Kulongoski. "For Oregon, this
exercise is not only about terrorism, but about preparing for any
natural disaster or emergency and making sure that every level of
government is ready to respond in a real crisis."

Beginning on Monday, October 15, and ending on Friday, October 19, the
exercise will simulate terrorist attacks in Portland, Phoenix, and the
U.S. territory of Guam. The exercise is designed to test the rapid
response and recovery systems of federal, state and local agencies.

TOPOFF 4, which is shorthand for "Top Officials," was started in 1998
under President Clinton as a way for states to prepare for natural and
man-made emergencies.

"This is a unique opportunity for Portland to prepare for any
emergency," Mayor Potter said. "Just as important, we'll have the
opportunity to practice working effectively with all our regional
partners to ensure the safety of our community."

More than 4,000 people in the Portland region—and nearly 15,000 people
internationally—will simultaneously participate in the exercise. At
least 25 state agencies, five counties, three tribes, 16 local
jurisdictions and 36 private sector companies will also be engaged in
the exercise.

In 2002-2003, Oregon submitted the application to participate in TOPOFF
as a way to test the state's emergency response system and prepare for
a major emergency. On top of the state's participation in this
exercise, participants in Oregon also include the City of Portland,
Multnomah County, and Columbia County. Washington County and Clackamas
County in Oregon and Clark County in Washington State will also
participate in the exercise.

"My goal is to use TOPOFF to learn about our strengths and weaknesses
in our emergency response system," said Governor Kulongoski. "We must
be able to test our ability to coordinate, implement, integrate and
communicate our plans throughout the exercise so we can ultimately save
lives."

Mayor Potter also stressed to citizens that their state and local
governments are taking extra steps to protect lives, homes and
businesses. "I want our citizens to know that if a major emergency
happens in our community, we'll be ready," the Mayor said.

Portland area residents or other Oregonians interested in additional
information during the TOPOFF 4 exercise are encouraged to call
1-800-SAFE-NET.

For Oregonians interested in volunteering with the TOPOFF 4 exercise
visit:  http://www.t4volunteers.com/

For more information on the TOPOFF 4 exercise visit:
 http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/docs/TOPOFF_FAQ.pdf

For a fact sheet an Oregon's participation in TOPOFF 4 visit:
 http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/docs/TOPOFF_FactSheet.pdf


Contact:
Patty Wentz, 503-378-6169
Kristina Edmunson, 503-378-5040
Rem Nivens, 503-378-6469

Get the Fuck Out of Here, "Homeland" Fascists!! You are Unwelcome!!! 12.Oct.2007 17:22

Heated

What we need is more poetic justice, and way, WAY, less "Homeland" goose-stepping!!!

(Portland Office of Emergency Management = POEM)

Eat shit, Chertoff!!!

Vera Strikes Again? 12.Oct.2007 17:32

Heated

I just heard on KBOO that the TOP-OFF circle-jerk exercise was invited to Portland prior to Mayor Tom Potter taking office.

Does that mean that the rancid sow, and former mayor of Portland, Vera Katz, invited these fascists to our town?

Other TOPOFF sites in PDX 12.Oct.2007 19:53

Little Beruit

From the TOPOFF Volunteers site:  http://www.t4volunteers.com/index.php

* Delta Park East
* Tuesday, October 16, 2007
* 4:30 am to 5:00 pm
* Breakfast and Lunch Provided
* Volunteers will be moulaged
* Please wear sturdy boots and clothes that can get dirty.
* Due to the secure nature of this exercise location, volunteers for this option will need to submit their name, date of birth and social security number so that DHS can run a back ground check.

Option #2

* University of Portland, Chiles Center
* Wednesday, October 17, 2007
* 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
* No special requirements

Option #3

* Vancouver, WA
* Tuesday, October 16, 2007 thru Wednesday, October 17, 2007
* 2:00 pm to 9:00 am
* Dinner and Breakfast Provided
* Bring all necessary items from home to stay overnight.

Option #4

* Gresham, OR
* Tuesday, October 16, 2007 thru Wednesday, October 17, 2007
* 2:00 pm to 9:00 am
* Dinner and Breakfast Provided
* Bring all necessary items from home to stay overnight.
Volunteer and learn more!

Don't need a weatherman 12.Oct.2007 20:42

To know which way the wind blows

So they are placing the second command center in the path of the dirty bomb they plan to detonate. Does that make any sense? Here is the graphic from the Controversial Concerns PDF.