Looking back at 2011, it’s been quite a year and we’ve made excellent progress that will propel us through 2012 by utilizing our strategic plan, aligning our CDC and HPP grants, and learning from the Japan radiation activation.
Since January, we’ve already had two limited activations utilizing the Agency Operations Center and establishing the Incident Management Team. The first activation occurred during the January winter storms; the second was the meningococcal outbreak in Crook County.
Another change is the new e-newsletter format that is cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The HSPR newsletter "Ready to Respond" will be disseminated on a quarterly basis. Sign up to receive the newsletter via e-mail.
Throughout the "Ready to Respond" e-newsletter you will find a recap of our recent activities including exercises, deployments and a structural realignment with a name change. Our structural realignment is designed to create more transparency between our daily activities and response functions.
Last fall the 1st Edition of the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) was released, which highlights Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD8). This directive describes the nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States (NPG, 2011). The core capabilities for the National Preparedness Goal are prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.
Moving forward, we will work with other state agencies to highlight March as Oregon's Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month and support the Japan Tsunami Debris Coordination Committee. In April, HSPR will participate in a FEMA Integrated Emergency Management training and exercise which will test the program's current preparedness efforts.
Mike Harryman, Director of Emergency Operations