SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state audit finds that Oregon's emergency management agency may not be well equipped to recover from a major disaster.
The audit released Monday by the Secretary of State's office finds that disaster response agency is plagued by a history of management problems and does not have a complete emergency management plan.
The audit describes a strained workplace with inconsistent leadership, a lack of communication and teamwork between co-workers and unclear goals. Employees receive little to no training. The agency has virtually no strategic plan to guide its work.
The Office of Emergency Management is a division of the Oregon Military Department, led by Adjutant General Daniel Hokanson. Hokanson says the office has already filled vacant leadership positions and is working to implement the auditors' recommendations.