Advancing Transportation Resilience and Recovery Collaborations in the Greater Portland Metro Region

John MacArthur, Portland State University


Portland State University (PSU)’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) and the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO), supported by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), are collaborating on a project to 1) raise awareness, deepen knowledge and increase motivation among RDPO local, regional and state transportation, emergency management, and other relevant partners and stakeholders on transportation recovery planning, including how to develop and maintain potential local and regional policy-/decision-making structures, concepts of operation, and transportation recovery prioritization decision-making tools, and 2) generate next steps in transportation recovery planning for the region, including roles, responsibilities, actions and investments for the RDPO and Metro. Funding for the project is provided by the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is managed by the RDPO.  The UASI grant program makes funding available to enhance regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States and directly supports expanding regional collaboration to assist in the creation of regional systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery.

Project Details

Project Type:
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
April 01,2021
UTC Grant Cycle:
non-UTC project