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Lincoln county health and human services Americorps vista now available to assist agencies serving vulnerable populations with continuity of operations planning

Licensed facilities providing care for vulnerable individuals (e.g. foster homes, group homes, and nursing homes) now have the opportunity to work with Lincoln County’s new Americorps VISTA to evaluate and develop continuity of operations (Coop) planning.

Jamila Freightman, a recent graduate from Georgia State University in Atlanta GA with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Biology Pre-Med was recently hired by Lincoln County Health and Human Services. Her year long project will focus on emergency preparedness for vulnerable populations and facilities that serve vulnerable populations to increase their self-sufficiency in the event of an emergency.

Freightman who arrived in August 2011, will be available though August of 2012. Freightman noted, “During a community disaster, lack of planning makes anyone more at risk.”

The aftermath of disasters like the March 11th earthquake in Japan, revealed the continuing need of planning for the “at risk” population. Local Governmental and non-Governmental Agencies serving vulnerable populations are recommended to implement continuity of operations plans as feasible, to assure continued services to their most vulnerable clients.

Jamila has created a COOP template that will be less complex and tailor-made for facilities that serve vulnerable populations. As a leader with the local Red Cross, Jamila will host emergency preparedness workshops throughout the county and will meet individually with facilities to provide preparedness assessments and additional evaluation.

For more information on creating a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), contact Jamila Freightman at 541-265-0449, or via email at jfreightman@co.lincoln.or.us

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