Chemical spills can happen any day, at any time, in any community. When a major incident occurs, emergency responders must work with other community resources to address the incident. Additionally, an expanded incident may require the community to request resources from mutual aid agencies, the county, or the state.
As these resources execute their emergency response plans, there will be areas where the individual plans overlap. Each resource involved in the incident, must have a clear understanding of the other responder’s roles and limitations, so that everyone can work together safely and effectively.
The Community Capability Assessment (CCA) process is a systematic, three-phased approach that aids emergency responders in evaluating, coordinating, and enhancing the cohesiveness of their emergency response plans.
The three phases of the process are:
Emergency plan interface evaluation between the facility and fire department.
Emergency plan interface evaluation between the fire department and the additional community resources.
Emergency plan interface evaluation between the community resources and mutual aid, county and state resources.
The CCA process facilitates participation of key partners such as industry, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management, emergency medical, including hospitals, public works, utilities and others to create a team of local experts that will evaluate the local emergency response plans. When gaps in the plans are identified, the team works together to find mutually agreeable solutions to the gaps.
After the evaluation process, the CCA provides support through the Office of State Fire Marshal to obtain the resources needed to address the identified gaps. Resource support includes administrative coordination, assistance in identifying and submitting grants for training, exercises and/or equipment, facilitating the establishment of an exercise design team, conducting an exercise, facilitating plan revisions and annual follow-up.
Emergency Plan Evaluation Questionnaires
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Facility and Fire Department
Phase 2 - Community Resources
Emergency Medical (Transport and Hospitals)
Public Works (including Roads Dept.)
Utilities (Gas and Electric)
Phase 3 - County and State Resources
Public Works (including Road Dept.)
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon State Police