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Comprehensive Community Emergency Management (C2EM) Strategy
Comprehensive Community Emergency Management (C2EM) Strategy

Full Publication: A Comprehensive Community (C2EM) Emergency Management Strategy

 

Introduction

This Comprehensive Community Emergency Management (C2EM) Strategy presents a pathway for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital and responsible partners in enhancing the resiliency and security of Clackamas County. The Strategy is intended to build on the County's extensive assets and to further strengthen what works well in communities on a daily basis. The Strategy aims for more efficient emergency management (EM) operations through the comprehensive mobilization of EM efforts and resources in the County and across the region. Pooling efforts and resources is a way to compensate for budgetary pressures not only for government agencies but also for many private and nonprofit sector organizations.

The Clackamas County C2EM Strategy maps a path of policy and program priorities for the next five years. It provides a high-level overview of the Vision, Mission, Values, and Strategic Goals for Clackamas County Emergency Management (CCEM). The STrategic Goals offer CCEM and Clackamas County executive decision-makers practical guidance to begin a journey along this path. Adopting and implementing this C2EM Strategy shows the County at its best by embracing the EM threats with imagination and professionalism in collaboration with a wide range of local and regional stakeholders.The C2EM Strategy builds on the concept of a "whole community" approach. The whole community approach is a "means by which residents, emergency management practitioners, organizational and community leaders, and government officials can collectively understand and assess the needs of their respective communities and determine the best ways to organize and strengthen their assets, capacities, and interests" (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2011). As Oregon's third most populous county with 375,992 residents located in cities, small towns, and unincorporated rural areas, this is no small feat (University of Oregon's Community Service Center, 2012). Further, the region is susceptible to natural hazards such as droughts, earthquakes, floods, landslides, public health events, extreme weather, wildfires, and potentially, volcanic events, and could also be affected by man-made disasters, such as a biological release, terrorism, or chemical spill. To be resilient to these situations -- and others -- residents of Clackamas County must come together as a whole community, wholly engaged.