Here is a link to the official Baker County website: www.http://co.baker.or.us/
Scroll down to “Public Safety”, then “Emergency Management”, then link to the Baker County Emergency Operations Plan. It is a large document, and will take a while to download.
This plan was developed several years ago. Our local “emergency professionals” admit that we in Baker County will likely be “on our own” to deal with local problems in a regional event, where governmental resources will be allocated to the large population areas.
But “on our own” may be a blessing in disguise, as our county is well-endowed with abundant natural resources and capable, experienced, compassionate, men and women who will come to the aid of their neighbors in times of need.
Baker County has depended upon federal grants (welfare!) to implement “mandated” programs for decades. So-called “grants” are not free. The wise and benevolent corporation that pretends to be our constitutional government forcibly takes (steals) from “taxpayers” and re-distributes to others.
Some of our local public officials are very aware of the “strings” attached to such grants, strings which contractually subject Baker County to the private, foreign jurisdiction of the federal United States corporation and its private, foreign laws. This is but one of several ways that the sovereignty of the original-jurisdiction, organic government of the People has been eroded and supplanted.
As with such “grants”, federal agencies such as FEMA and Homeland Security have been created for supposed beneficial purposes, and have indeed demonstrated a proactive intention that many will argue cannot be accomplished because of bureaucratic bungling and inefficiency.
But at least they do come up with Preparedness Plans, and, if implemented, could cause the people to be calm and know what to do in an emergency.
But, since those plans also include the expectation of help from the federal and state agencies, we do not feel it is prudent or reasonable to rely on outside help.
OathKeepers have been meeting with several county Emergency Management professionals, and have high expectations that the County Court will soon analyze the needs of the county and the resources available to meet those needs, and will begin a training program that will involve local volunteers. We hope to recruit all the other local civic, church, and fraternal groups who have a preparedness plan so that we can all train under the same guidelines.
We can take care of our own communities with our own trained volunteers who are working with our local professionals. But, there are many more factors to consider before we can consider ourselves as “prepared” for a variety of emergency events. We will explore some of those in future blogs.
Jim Iler, Assistant Coordinator, Baker County OathKeepers