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Director's Update
June brings the end of school and the beginning of summer. This summer, Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program staff will work on gap assessments and with partners. We will also plan for the next grant year.
 
Surge management will be the main theme during the next grant year. Super Storm Sandy, the Boston bombings and the explosion in West, Texas, reveal the importance of medical surge. A competent and qualified work force ready to staff emergency response teams is also key. During Super Storm Sandy, New York and New Jersey were hit the hardest. However, the storm affected many other states. At the height of response, 27 states deployed more than 2,400 responders and resources through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
 
During Superstorm Sandy, PHEP and HPP funds helped staff the state and local emergency operation centers and health care evacuation center. These funds also supported medical volunteer deployment, pre-hospital provider response, HavABed (hospital bed availability system) and designated emergency coordinators at each hospital.
 
Surge management can be defined many ways. Our focus will be on addressing targeted capabilities to improve our statewide surge management preparedness and response efforts. Some key activities will include continued planning with FEMA Region X partners on Cascadia Subduction earthquake planning; working with California on a state-to-state public health and medical service memorandum of understanding; and targeting statewide medical logistics issues. We will also sign an inter- agency agreement with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) to develop a seismic risk prioritized list for all Oregon hospitals. The list will focus on pre-hospital all-hazard planning. It will also highlight continued support to develop our Medical Reserves Corps units and volunteer management, and to maintain our working relationship with the AmeriCorps/VISTA national program.
 
In Oregon, HSPR’s goal is to ensure that partners and public health system members can mobilize, deploy and staff emergency response teams.  Oregon’s HSPR’s goal also includes continuing essential health department functions. Please contact your public health or hospital liaison to learn more about surge capacity and surge management.
 
Mike Harryman
Director
 

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