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David A. Stuckey, Director of Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Military Department

Formerly the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), from April 2010 to June 2012, David A. Stuckey has now been appointed as Director of OEM, as of May 20, 2013. He joined OEM following a career in the Oregon Army National Guard (ORANG), retiring as a Colonel. His last position with ORANG was the Senior Operations officer, from 2006 to 2009, which involved overseeing the requirements necessary to build army formations for the Global War on Terrorism and the domestic support to local authorities during numerous emergency exercises and winter storm events.  

In 1982, Mr. Stuckey enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard. He received his initial training as an 11B Infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following completion of Basic and Advanced Infantry Training, he enrolled in the ROTC program at the University of Kansas. In 1984, he transferred to ORANG and enrolled at Western Oregon State College (WOSC). He was early commissioned Infantry Branch through the Oregon State University ROTC program in July 1985. Following the completion of his Bachelor of Science at WOSC, he pursued a full time career in the ORANG. Mr. Stuckey held numerous leadership positions as Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and Battalion Commander. As a Battalion Commander, he deployed over 550 guardsmen to Louisiana for Operation Southern Relief following Hurricane Katrina. Intermixed between these leadership assignments, he served in staff positions as operations officer at the battalion and brigade levels.

Mr. Stuckey’s final two assignments included:  Financial Manager for the United States Property and Fiscal Office and Joint Operations Officer for the Oregon National Guard. He managed and coordinated sections responsible for Officer Training, Training Sites, Mobilization, Force Structure, and Military Support to Civilian Authorities for the Oregon National Guard, as well as being responsible for the Oregon Guard’s coordination and response procedures to state and national emergencies.  Stuckey retired from active military service in February 2009. In April 2009, he returned to the Oregon Military Department as a state employee coordinating numerous projects within the force structure and training area development.

David Stuckey received numerous recognition awards throughout his 25 years of military service, to include:  Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Oversees Service Ribbon, Army Component Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Oregon Distinguished Service Award. 

Mr. Stuckey completed numerous military courses including the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Command and Staff Services School, and the resident Command and General Staff College.  He has completed various National Incident Management Systems courses as well as FEMA’s State Emergency Management Director Training Course.
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Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program



Recently, OEM took part in an event at Central Elementary in Albany to celebrate the seismic upgrade that was completed at the school.  Prior to the upgrade, Central Elementary was rated by seismic experts at “high risk of collapse” in the event of an earthquake.  Thanks to the Seismic Grant Rehabilitation Program, administered by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Central Elementary School received a $1.5 million seismic upgrade, and is much safer should an earthquake strike.


In 2009, the Oregon State Legislature authorized funding for the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, aimed at allocating state funds to retrofit schools and public safety facilities.  Since then more than 21 schools in 15 Oregon school districts have received similar retrofits. 


The intent of the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is to upgrade existing critical public buildings to meet seismic safety standards.  Some school districts have taken the opportunity to also utilize local funding resources to make other needed repairs and renovations at the same time.  Central Elementary completed asbestos abatement during the recent seismic upgrade.  This kind of partnership allows state and local government to work together toward preparedness goals.


There is still more work to be done.  Seismic retrofits are currently underway at seven Oregon schools including a $1.5 million upgrade at Alameda Elementary school in Portland scheduled to be completed this September.

Central Elementary School in Albany, Ore., conducted an earthquake drill followed by a building tour after an assembly, Apr. 24,
Keeping our citizens safe is a priority in our state.  Scientists predict there is a 37 percent chance that a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will strike Oregon in the next 50 years.  Being prepared is essential, and strengthening our schools is important.

 

News story about the Central Elementary event: 

Preparing for the “Big One” , by Grace Lim, KEZI, 4/24/13  



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