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Business Continuity Management Program: Current Initiatives


H1N1 Planning and Response Efforts


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DHS Mission Critical Functions (MCF)


DHS is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan encompassing Business Continuity Planning, Technology Disaster Recovery, Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations, and Emergency Management.


A mission critical function (MCF) is a group of logically related processes performed together to accomplish the core mission of an agency. DHS defines Mission Critical as those functions that must be continued with minimal interruption anywhere from less than 24 hours up to 2 weeks. Thirty six functions (and over 100 supporting processes) have been identified as DHS Mission Critical Functions. These critical functions require alternate strategies and/or procedures to be developed if DHS cannot conduct business as usual during an incident.


Workgroups have been established to develop contingency plans, including strategies and procedures for the functions identified as mission critical for DHS. The activities completed by the workgroups will produce the strategies and procedures that will guide DHS to continue MCFs during a disruptive event. These strategies and procedures will be used across DHS and will be incorporated for any employee carrying out the MCF regardless of division or facility location and will be incorporated into the larger Business Continuity Management Plan for DHS.


Vulnerable Populations


Current vulnerable populations preparedness activities:

  • DHS is the lead agency and facilitator for Oregon's effort to clarify the roles and responsibilities of all the state organizations that are a part of ESF-6 in the state. Recommendations are being made to Oregon Emergency Management for additions to the state Emergency Operations Plan.
  • One page summaries are going out from SPD to local emergency managers as a result of the completion of updated OAR's and the training of DD provider programs over the last year. Each summary is a snapshot of each providers plan and saves the emergency managers from the difficult task of having to find these vulnerable populations in their county.
  • OHSU has completed one round of training for each of the Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in Oregon in their Train-the-Trainers program. CIL's are instructing individuals with disabilities in how to develop an emergency plan for themselves and on networking with others for emergency preparedness.
  • Local communities who would like support for starting, building or maintaining local vulnerable populations community coalitions now have opportunities available through the State Vulnerable Populations Coalition. Guidelines for small grants from the Ford Family Foundation have been developed and are being publicized this month.
  • The Director's Office recently completed a statewide satellite telephone drill.