Emergency preparedness is a comprehensive program designed to minimize both the potential for and repercussions from an emergency situation. Preparedness can be separated into four areas; prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
The focus of this phase has two objectives, reduce the possibility that an emergency will happen and decrease the potential personal harm and/or property damage that could result from an emergency. This is accomplished by a program of hazard identification. The identified hazards are then assessed to determine the potential for a future occurrence. A major aspect of this phase is the Natural Hazard mitigation Plan (NHMP) that Oregon Tech is currently developing. More information on this project can be found on this website.
This phase includes the actions taken to prepare for an emergency. Oregon Tech has developed an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for use while responding to emergency situations. This plan is compliant with the National Incident Management Plan (NIMS). responders are trained using the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS). Oregon Tech has also developed working relationships with Klamath County Emergency Management as well as local fire and police agencies.
Effectively responding to an emergency situation is essential to maintaining the core mission of Oregon Tech. The level of response will depend, in part, on the scope of the emergency and the time of year. During the response to an emergency the ERP will be activated. This will include staffing the emergency response team and activating an Incident Command Post.
The goal of this phase is to return Oregon Tech to the business of providing an educational experience as quickly as safely possible. The adoption of a business continuity plan is a vital factor in accomplishing this objective. The Oregon Tech Business Continuity Plan addresses the following; ensuring that the infrastructure is safe and functional, business functions are operational, educational capabilities are available, the physical and psychological needs of the campus community are met and a clear line of communications are available to address the changing conditions and status of campus.