Earthquakes? Tsunamis? Volcanoes?
In the event of the unimaginable, Lane County Commissioners have a plan.
On June 2, 2015, the Lane County Board of Commissioners conducted a work session on various aspects of emergency preparedness and response by Lane County government in general, the Board and the County Administrator. In addition to the entire Board, Linda Cook, Emergency Manager and Steve Mokrohisky, County Administrator (CAO) attended and participated in the work session.
During the work session the Board identified a number of areas that it wanted discussed and evaluated at another Board meeting:
- 1. A review of Board procedures to make certain that none of the measures taken by the Board are in conflict with the existing Lane County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP);
- 2. Draft and approve a Board Order (BO) to meet the requirements of ORS 476.280;
- 3. Create a template, and fill in as many of the blanks as possible in advance, for the Declaration of Conflagration (and associated BO);
- 4. Agree upon in advance a procedure for calling emergency meetings and notifications for such meetings required by natural or manmade emergencies;
- 5. Create a BO delegating authority for the CAO to expend and commit county resources in the event of an emergency;
- 6. Consider creating an automatic review process that would bring these emergency procedures before the Board each year, possibly in January, for review, possible modification and renewal;
- 7. Determine which emergency preparedness procedures require Board action and which procedures can be implemented by the CAO using the Lane County Administrative Procedures Manual (APM); and
- Decide if the Board will pass BO’s with different authority for different emergencies depending upon the nature of the emergency or general BO’s that apply to all emergencies.
Lane County Commissioners are discussing the plan and the report back from the emergency management team on July 21 2015. For the entire agenda item click here.