Local/State Emergency Management Relationships
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- regional liaison staff; Oregon Office of Emergency Management; local state relationships; military; department; tribal; Defense and Security Studies; Emergency and Disaster Management; Terrorism Studies
Oregon is challenged with a regional liaison program that is understaffed, underfunded, and not a primary role within the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). This paper is going to examine what Oregon’s program could look like if the “regional liaison” was stand-alone position for several staff or at least a primary role within Oregon OEM. Programs from other states will be used for comparison in order to help build the picture. There are many challenges to the current program as well as creating a permanent liaison position - those will be briefly looked at. Lastly, some recommendations will be provided regarding how to overcome the challenges and what are some actions that can be taken to create an effective liaison program within Oregon OEM. Oregon currently has an ad hoc group of emergency managers stepping in to the role of a regional liaison as a side job to their already full workload.