HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

February 3, 2005   Hearing Room 357

1:00 PM Tapes  11 - 12

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. John Dallum, Chair

Rep. Jerry Krummel, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kelley Wirth, Vice-Chair

Rep. Chuck Burley

Rep. Arnie Roblan

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Dallas Weyand, Committee Administrator

Louann Rahmig, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUE HEARD AND WITNESSES: 

                                                Informational Meeting

                                                     Emergency Communications Issues

    Ken Murphy, Oregon Emergency Management (OEM)

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 11, A

003

Chair Dallum

Calls the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. and opens the informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

004

Dallas Weyand

Committee Administrator.  Explains that Ken Murphy is in attendance at the request of the committee to discuss emergency communication inoperability issues.

017

Ken Murphy

Director, OEM and  Deputy Director, Oregon’s Office of Homeland Security.  Refers to emergency services informational handout (EXHIBIT A).   Describes the agency national radio system and amateur radio operations.

060

Murphy

Discusses low band capabilities.

068

Murphy

Explains use of fixed and portable satellite phone systems and various public safety systems.

090

Murphy

Continues with description of Oregon National Guard radio systems around the state. 

112

Murphy

Describes contracting with service providers for mobile communication systems.

123

Murphy

Covers use of the internet, which is not currently widely used. 

147

Murphy

Explains that the State Interoperability Executive Council’s responsibilities include looking at communications systems in the public safety community, to assure interaction among agencies.  Mentions an inventory of all organizations with communications infrastructure to determine the ability to modify systems and identify which are obsolete.

189

Murphy

Indicates that there is a smaller group looking specifically at state communications systems. 

212

Rep. Burley

Asks if the inventory identifies the cost of upgrading the state’s system.

217

Murphy

Replies, it does not.  Estimates that an initial upgrade of the entire state would cost $225 million. 

250

Rep. Burley

Asks if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) national radio system has been implemented across the state

257

Murphy

Responds, yes; and it is a part of Homeland Security. 

283

Rep. Burley

Asks why Oregon emergency services are limited to the Willamette valley and northern Oregon coast.

287

Murphy

Answers, lack of money.

291

Rep. Roblan

Asks if we, as a state, have protocols to be interoperable among all agencies. 

303

Murphy

Explains that the State Interoperability Executive Council has prepared and distributed a list to all agencies of those things that will meet federal communications standards now and into the future.

326

Rep. Roblan

Asks if an analysis of a major disaster off the coast has been made to determine its affect on communications systems.

333

Murphy

Replies, no.  Advises that the systems are tested often, and educated guesses have been made on how systems may be affected. 

359

Rep. Roblan

Inquires if the annual events with amateur radio operators are held to figure out protocols.

372

Murphy

Responds that the primary purpose of the events is to assure that everyone participating knows the emergency procedures. 

TAPE 12, A

001

Murphy

Indicates that the fishing fleet is being used as a communications platform for a tsunami event.

010

Rep. Roblan

Asks who analyzes the information from the buoy system.

013

Murphy

Indicates that the scientific analysis is done by the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

028

Chair Dallum

Asks if there is information available for local counties to prepare for emergencies.  

041

Murphy

Responds that the State Interoperability Executive Council has published a planning guide to assist agencies, which can be provided to this committee.

062

Chair Dallum

Asks if Homeland Security has the application process for grants.

063

Murphy

Replies, yes.  Advises that packets were provided to jurisdictions across the state.

074

Rep. Krummel

Inquires about progress on the enhanced 911 in more remote counties.

086

Murphy

Explains that work has been completed on the enhanced 911 system in the majority of the Willamette valley and southern Oregon.    

130

Rep. Krummel

Asks if it is possible to purchase an off-the-shelf system similar to “Onstar.” 

162

Murphy

Advises that much of the available technology is extremely expensive and is unsure if that system would work in remote areas. 

188

Rep. Krummel

Comments that Onstar works where cell phones don’t work.

197

Murphy

States that Onstar is managed by a satellite system and has been discussed in the State Interoperability Executive Council.

228

Rep. Krummel

Expresses the need for emergency services being completely accessible by any method across the state.  Asks for the cost of an Onstar type system. 

265

Murphy

Reiterates that location technology is difficult and cell phone towers are shared by service providers.  Adds that approximately 40 percent of calls to 911 centers are from cell phones.  Offers to provide satellite figures as a basis.   

290

Rep. Roblan

Asks if FEMA is tied into satellite communications. 

299

Murphy

Replies, doesn’t know but will find out. 

311

Chair Dallum

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the meeting at 1:50 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Emergency Services Informational Handout, submitted by Ken Murphy, 1 p