Towns add emergency preparedness equipment
Hubbard and St. Paul were among 10 Oregon locations that recently received a boost in their emergency preparedness.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced that the 10 entities received generators, 30 or 56-kilowatt, as part of the State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment (SPIRE) grant program.
OEM spokeswoman Paula Fasano Negele said the generators were delivered to the receiving county or municipal office via disbursement of money from the Resiliency Grand Fund. The fund's purpose is the procurement of emergency preparedness equipment to help Oregon communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
Hubbard and St. Paul both received 56-kilowatt generators. Krista Carter, program manager for Marion County Emergency Management, said Hubbard will be using its generator at its water plant, while a source in St. Paul speculated that its generator will provide power-outage backup at the water treatment facility.
"The purpose of OEM's SPIRE program is to forward-deploy equipment that is critical to emergency-response activities so the equipment is deployable on short notice by local agencies close to the scene," said Marion County Emergency Management Director Brian Nicholas.
Fasano Negele said Lane County received a 56kW power generator used to power a pump for an emergency water supply system at Lane County Fairgrounds, a critical asset in times of emergencies, according to Lane County Emergency Manager Patence Winningham.
"It's a deployable asset we can move around to our area of greatest need," said Winningham. "The ability to supply power, especially to our rural communities, during emergencies is a huge benefit."
Other awardees include:
Lookingglass Rural Fire District, Douglas Co. (30kW)
City of Madras, Jefferson Co. (30kW)
City of Estacada, Clackamas Co. (30kW)
Lower Umpqua Hospital District, Douglas Co. (30kW)
Wallowa County Emergency Management (56kW)
City of Hubbard, Marion Co. (56kW)
City of Sublimity, Marion Co. (56kW)
City of Butte Falls, Jackson Co. (56kW)
City of St. Paul, Marion Co. (56kW)
Lane County, (56kW)
A total of 80 grant jurisdictions around the state will ultimately receive SPIRE-funded equipment. While the recent awardees requested generators, eligible equipment covers four priorities: saving/sustaining lives, obtaining/maintaining situational awareness, incident stabilization and initiate recovery.
SPIRE Grant Coordinator Jim Jungling said the program makes sense for Oregon.
"This money is bringing practical equipment to communities that can save lives and property during emergencies," Jungling said. "It's a project I'm proud to be working on because it's a smart investment for Oregon that is getting communities better prepared."
A total of $5 million has been allotted to procure emergency preparedness equipment to help Oregon communities prepare, respond and recover from emergencies, Fasano Negele noted.
The SPIRE grant is a result of HB 2867, which became effective in August 2017 and established a grant program to distribute emergency preparedness equipment. That equipment can include vehicles or other paraphernalia for entities will use to decrease risk of life and property resulting from an emergency.
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