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Oregon Emergency Management
Tue February 11, 2014
Oregon's Not Ready
A new state audit says Oregon is ill-prepared for a major disaster. The report released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office cites insufficient planning and organizational problems in its Office of Emergency Management.
Auditors said high-level staff turnover and low morale at the Office of Emergency Management means Oregon isn't fully prepared to handle the aftermath of a big quake or other catastrophe.
The report says the agency has failed to complete plans for handling certain types of disasters. The auditors found this lack of preparedness has put the state in jeopardy of losing out on federal funding for hazard mitigation.
The head of the Office of Emergency Management acknowledged that audit took place during a time of what he calls "substantial transition." Daniel Hokanson says the agency is working to address many of the concerns raised by the audit.
Secretary of State's audit of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management: http://sos.oregon.gov/audits/Documents/2014-03.pdf
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