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Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:22:38 AM »
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/01/oregon_disaster_prep_agency_fa.html

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At the heart of the problem is how Oregon spent federal counter-terrorism grants. Audit and correspondence records obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive show officials at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management broke the rules and used part of a $30 million grant to pay salaries of at least eight employees, including the director, deputy director and spokespeople. Those workers were not to be paid with the grants without federal permission, which the state did not have.


This could be really bad.  Many of us in the PNW region have been talking about earthquake prep, emergency management and what the whole thing could look like. Following the Cascadia Rising drill, the polite consensus was that "we're all screwed if a 9.0 quake hits near the I-5 corridor".  That conclusion assumes state and local agencies at full operational capability.

Also, given the current Trump administration's hostility toward all kinds of funding, it's not likely the state of Oregon will being given grace from the feds over this. Only bright side could be that WA state seems less dysfunctional, but maybe that story has yet to be reported?

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Re: Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 02:00:49 PM »
lovely... more $ wasted.

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Re: Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 02:08:05 PM »
Not a shock. They seem to have a real problem with money management and following the rules.
Dennis Richardson is kicking over a lot of long undisturbed rocks and shining a light into the contents. Its been a long time coming and this is only one of many problems that are coming to light.

Our local neighborhood association just ran an editorial saying you need to have a minimum of two weeks supplies as the city/county/state won't be there to help you. They want to put together block groups that will step in.
I doubt that there will be a lot of participants, but plenty wanting help and a handout if the big one hits.
I'll make a few inquiries, but I suspect it will involve "pooling" available resources for the good of all.

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Re: Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 03:04:00 PM »
Not a shock. They seem to have a real problem with money management and following the rules.
Dennis Richardson is kicking over a lot of long undisturbed rocks and shining a light into the contents. Its been a long time coming and this is only one of many problems that are coming to light.

Our local neighborhood association just ran an editorial saying you need to have a minimum of two weeks supplies as the city/county/state won't be there to help you. They want to put together block groups that will step in.
I doubt that there will be a lot of participants, but plenty wanting help and a handout if the big one hits.
I'll make a few inquiries, but I suspect it will involve "pooling" available resources for the good of all.
Even the pooling of resources might still make sense.  Earthquakes are nasty. You could have all the preps in the world and lose them in collapses and cave ins.  You can always have a reserve you don't tell them about.

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Re: Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 06:51:47 PM »
You can always have a reserve you don't tell them about.


Kinda like the Oregon Playbook that I'd like to sneak a peek at.

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Re: Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2018, 04:16:51 AM »
Not a shock. They seem to have a real problem with money management and following the rules.
Dennis Richardson is kicking over a lot of long undisturbed rocks and shining a light into the contents. Its been a long time coming and this is only one of many problems that are coming to light.

Our local neighborhood association just ran an editorial saying you need to have a minimum of two weeks supplies as the city/county/state won't be there to help you. They want to put together block groups that will step in.
I doubt that there will be a lot of participants, but plenty wanting help and a handout if the big one hits.
I'll make a few inquiries, but I suspect it will involve "pooling" available resources for the good of all.

Yeah, we screwed up the commie health care board and went bankrupt/failed before it even launched.  $500 million per mile light rail (whereas the Oly-Seattle Amtrack high speed TOTAL was $800 million, maybe $14 million/mile? We are a relatively small state but our idget cadre of city/state politicians think they live in Hollywood/Berkley/NYC.