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Oregon Proclamation Recognizes 9-1-1 Professionals for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (Photo) - 04/04/18

When an emergency strikes, the public relies on 9-1-1 as the first point of contact to coordinate police, fire, medical services, and other public safety agencies, and assist their timely response in an emergency . In many respects the professionals who take these calls are the true first responders that help to save lives and property, and they often go unrecognized. In acknowledgement and appreciation of their hard work, Oregon is honoring 9-1-1 professionals across the state. Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed April 8-14, 2018, to be Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Oregon.

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) encourages using the week to celebrate and honor these first responders and their work.


The Oregon statewide 9-1-1 program and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management also makes it a priority to highlight the week and encourages media partners and the public to highlight and thank 9-1-1 telecommunicators for the important work they do.

“The people taking 9-1-1 calls when someone needs help are the frontline of any emergency and bring calm to an otherwise chaotic and stressful situation,” said Mark Tennyson, the 9-1-1 program manager for Oregon. “They are the ones working around the clock every day of the year to help others. Their dedication to public service makes this week worth celebrating.”


The 9-1-1 program in Oregon was established by the 1981 Oregon Legislature. The program is responsible for the continual coordination and management of the network necessary for the delivery of 9-1-1 calls and associated information as well as the equipment used by the telecommunicators to process the calls. The program works with stakeholders including federal agencies, local and tribal partners, and 9-1-1 jurisdictions to ensure the continual operation  of the statewide 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

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PHOTO RELEASE - 2018 Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop (Photo) - 04/03/18

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Attendees check in and get participant packets for the 2018 Oregon Prepared Workshop in Sunriver. This year, more than 500 emergency management personnel from across the state are gathering to meet, great and learn during this annual event sponsored by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Health Authority. (Oregon Office of Emergency Management photo by Paula Negele)

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2018 Oregon Prepared Worksop planner, Sidra Metzger-Hines participates in a video interview for a project to highligh emergency management partnerships in Oregon, Apr. 3, at 2018 Oregon Prepared in Sunriver that includes more than 500 emergency mangement personnel from across the state. (Oregon Military Department Photo by Jason Van Mourik)

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An audience at the 2018 Oregon Prepared Worksop listens to a breakout session by Jamie Bash from the Oregon Health Authority about how to leverage community engagement to improve communication from the preparedness phase though the recovery phase of disasters.This year, more than 500 emergency management personnel from across the state are gathering to meet, great and learn during this annual event sponsored by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Health Authority.  (Courtesy photo by James Bryant)

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The opening ceremony of the 2018 Oregon Prepared Workshop recognized veterans and Native American veterans, Apr. 3 in Sunriver. This year, more than 500 emergency management personnel from across the state are gathering to meet, great and learn during this annual event sponsored by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Health Authority. (Courtesy photo by James Bryant)

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Oregon prepared participants take time to network at Oregon Prepared in Sunriver, Apr. 3. This year, more than 500 emergency management personnel from across the state are gathering to meet, great and learn during this annual event sponsored by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Health Authority. (Oregon Office of Emergency Management photo by Cory Grogan)

 

 

 

Participants at the 2017 Oregon Prepared Workshop pause for a group photo.
Participants at the 2017 Oregon Prepared Workshop pause for a group photo.
5th Annual Oregon Prepared Workshop: Bridging the Gap from Response to Recovery (Photo) - 04/02/18

This week, April 2 -6,  a variety of class sessions, panel discussions and static displays will inform and educate local, county and tribal emergency managers during the fifth annual Oregon Prepared Workshop this week in Sunriver. This year, organizers have themed the workshop “Bridging the Gap from Response to Recovery.”

The annual workshop provides an opportunity for emergency management professionals statewide to learn, share best practices, and network to improve emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in Oregon.

Presentations during the week are led by experienced local emergency management experts as well as several from across the country. A sampling of workshop topics include:  Making “scents” of disaster sanitation, a look back at solar eclipse planning in central Oregon, disaster behavioral health and psychological first aid, lessons learned from the hurricane response in Puerto Rico,  an overview of the FEMA declaration process, and Tribal cultural and natural resources affected during disasters.

Sidra Metzger-Hines, grants coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and workshop planning lead, calls the annual event “relationship central.” It’s an opportunity, she says, to get to know an extensive network of subject matter experts who can come to the aid of emergency managers across the state.

“Whether it’s a raging wildfire, a meningococcal outbreak or an active shooters situation, emergency response requires quick coordination as well as a look to recovery planning. The workshop offers participants a chance to know who to connect with when the need arises,” she says.

While a few sessions are offered Monday afternoon, the workshop officially kicks off Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. Opening ceremonies include a welcome by Oregon Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, the Adjutant General, Oregon..

A half-day exercise on Wednesday afternoon will help attendees understand and navigate the emergency declaration process. In addition, static displays will showcase bomb squad protocol, mass feeding and emergency communications technology.

More than 500 people involved in emergency management roles are registered for Oregon Prepared, which is hosted by Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Health Authority.