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Oregon Emergency Management Moving Out of National Guard

Destination: directly under the Governor.

For those who want to be "politically correct" in emergency management speak, these words are often echoed: "It doesn't make a difference where emergency management is on the organizations chart. They just need support." I won't slam that idea — it certainly has merit.

If you want to know "the best place" for a state-level emergency management agency, it is directly reporting to the governor.

The good news, in my opinion, is that Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is moving out of the National Guard and being placed directly under the Governor.

On July 1, 2022, Oregon will have a Department of Emergency Management, HB 2927 . The same bill also directs the state fire marshal’s office to develop a plan to move out of state police; they too would be a standalone agency. The bill also beefs up the state’s homeland security councils.

Here is Gov. Brown's current Resilience Page.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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