Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Job Opportunity: Oregon. Disaster Preparedness Planner September 28, 2021


Career Opportunities: Disaster Preparedness Planner


Requisition ID 18304 - Posted 09/15/2021 - CareOregon - Full-Time - Permanent - Portland



To protect the health and well-being of our members, employees and community, CareOregon requires all employees to be fully vacci.ated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception as a qualification of employment.


Candidates who receive an offer of employment by CareOregon, must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a medical or religious exception request, which will be evaluated in accordance with CareOregon’s standard accommodation process.


Position Title:              Disaster Preparedness Planner          

Department:               Facilities

Title of Manager:        Safety and Preparedness Manager

Supervises:                  Non-Supervisory

Employment Status:    Exempt

Requisition:                 18304


General Statement of Duties

The Disaster Preparedness Planner is responsible for the ongoing review and administration of an effective and efficient disaster preparedness and business continuity program. This position recruits and trains the incident management team, maintains emergency response and business continuity systems, and develops and recommends policies, procedures and strategies to mitigate the impacts of potential business disruption.


Essential Position Functions

·        Lead the execution of business impact analysis and risk assessments. Analyze and interpret results to inform planning, mitigation, and response strategies.

·        Establish and maintain a training program for CareOregon Incident Management Team and staff.

·        Develop and maintain business continuity and disaster recovery solutions.

·        Develop hazard specific plans which align with FEMA guidance for Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans

·        Engage with departments to develop and maintain department specific emergency and business continuity plans.

·        Implement and manage systems for maintenance of CareOregon’s Disaster Preparedness Plan, department specific plans, and hazard specific annexes.

·        Maintain and test CareOregon’s emergency alert and notification system. Recommend and implement strategies for increased adoption.

·        Develop and conduct new hire preparedness orientation.

·        Prepare reports outlining status of plan completion and corrective actions. 

·        Hold a leadership position within the Incident Management Team.

·        Keep abreast of technical developments regulations that affect preparedness considerations for operations. Incorporate new information into existing operations, where applicable.


Essential Department and Organizational Functions

·        Propose and implement process improvements

·        Meet deadlines for completion of agree upon work products

·        Maintain agreed upon work schedule

·        Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork

·        Provide cross-training on specific job responsibilities

·        Meet identified business goals that contribute to departmental goals


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

·        Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data and property

·        Understanding of the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System

·        Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects

·        Ability to teach, mentor and motivate others

·        Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods

·        Skilled in researching requirements and best practices

·        Ability to conduct assessments and analysis

·        Ability to consolidate data and findings and propose recommendations to manager

·        Ability to communicate in a collaborative and professional manner and influence others

·        Ability to communicate information and ideas verbally and in writing so others will understand

·        Ability to remain calm and think quickly under pressure

·        Ability to work effectively across a matrix environment with diverse individuals and groups

Physical Skills and Abilities Required

Lifting/Carrying up to 10 Pounds

Pushing/Pulling up to 5 Pounds

Pinching/Retrieving Small Objects


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Climbing Stairs

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Cognitive and Other Skills and Abilities Required

Ability to focus on and comprehend information, learn new skills and abilities, assess a situation and seek or determine appropriate resolution, accept managerial direction and feedback, and tolerate and manage stress.


Education and/or Experience


·        Minimum 5 years’ experience relating to roles in business continuity,

 risk management, or emergency management


·        Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management,

Public Administration or related field

·        CEM, CBCP, or equivalent certification


Working Conditions

·        Environment:  This position’s primary responsibilities typically take place in the following environment(s) (check all that apply on a regular basis):


 Inside/office              Clinics/health facilities          Member homes




·        Travel:  This position may include occasional required or optional travel outside of the workplace, in which the employee’s personal vehicle, local transit, or other means of transportation may be used.

·        Equipment:  General office equipment

·        Hazards:  n/a

·        Other:  Due to the nature of this position, some after hours and weekend work may be required.


Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. CareOregon is committed to building a linguistically and culturally diverse and inclusive work environment

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Equal opportunity employer.  This company considers all candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.  




Friday, September 24, 2021

Opportunities in the Space Industry. UK as a hotbed of transformative change

Dear Member,

Many factors are contributing to the emergence of the UK as a hotbed of transformative change in the space industry. These include enterprises ranging from the new-ideas focused start-ups to the UK Space Agency, elevated sector-related government policy-making and investments, a highly dynamic sector-focused venture capital community, and a focused dialogue on how to educate, train and recruit new generations of talent to meet the domestic demands of the new paradigm.

Major space infrastructure projects underway in the UK include:
  • construction of the National Satellite Test Facility at RAL Space in Harwell, 
  • Space Park Leicester, 
  • the National Space Propulsion Test Facility at Westcott, and 
  • spaceports in Scotland, Wales, and England. 

Further, the Science & Technology Facilities Council of UK Research & Innovation has brought together information about the hundreds of test facilities across the UK available to support space manufacturing, business & innovation.

Join SSPI UKGVF and SATELLITE EVOLUTION GROUP for the virtual panel on the UK Space Landscape.

30 September @ 3pm UK Time 


Thursday, September 23, 2021

How would you rate your local emergency management office\agency? NEW! Lessons Learned from FEMA's Initial Response to COVID-19

All disasters are local. 

FEMA is part of a complex-complex system within the emergency management arena.

What would be the results of an inspection report of your local emergency management office\agency at the State, County, City, and rural area?

We as a collective within BEMA International are the premier organization representing communities of color, communities at risk (CAR) that includes vulnerable populations, Black, LatinX, and other communities at the table with a voice.

As a member of BEMA International it is now time to step outside of your comfort zone.  Time for our private sector members to give more financially to support our efforts as a member of the ‘whole community’ and by our narrative a member of the ‘community imperative’.

We are at the table, yet still when our voice is heard it still is bypassed until a more conservative\non threatening acceptable member owns our narrative.  It continues. 

BEMA International




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Lessons Learned from FEMA’s Initial Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA worked closely with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies to facilitate the shipment of PPE and ventilators. However, the magnitude of the global event exposed weaknesses in FEMA’s resource request system and allocation processes. Specifically, WebEOC — the system FEMA used to process resource requests including those for PPE and ventilators — contained unreliable data to inform allocation decisions and ensure requests were accurately adjudicated. This occurred because FEMA did not develop controls to validate requests and prevent incomplete, inaccurate, or duplicate data entries; nor did FEMA ensure WebEOC users received training on proper use of the system. In addition, although FEMA developed a process to allocate the limited supply of ventilators, it did not have a similarly documented process for PPE.

Finally, FEMA did not have strategic guidance clearly outlining the roles and responsibilities used to lead the Federal response. FEMA’s decision to prioritize ongoing pandemic response efforts without updating its written guidance and strategic plans hindered FEMA’s coordination efforts.

To its credit, FEMA evaluated its COVID-19 response operations, identifying similar key findings and recommendations aimed at improving current and future responses, including making updates to its WebEOC system.

Read Report No. OIG-21-64




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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’. 




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