Former Oregon House of Representatives member Deborah Boone has been appointed an honorary member of the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay Board of Directors.
Boone, a resident of Seaside, represented District 32 for 14 years until she stepped down in early 2019. During her tenure she was a leader in emergency preparedness throughout the state.
“Deborah is a true advocate for disaster planning, and is a wonderful addition to our board,” said EVCNB president Linda Kozlowski. “We couldn’t ask for anybody more knowledgeable about both preparedness and the workings of State government. She was in Salem for several years and made a real difference.”
Boone’s signature legislation was HR-3, which created the Oregon Resilience Plan. Once the plan was developed and implemented, she sponsored a bill to create and fund the Office of Resilience within the Governor’s cabinet.
Boone also helped create the “Cascadia Playbook,” a guide to statewide emergency response to a massive earthquake and tsunami. Other bills were put forward to improve State resilience to be prepared for, withstand, and respond to many kinds of disasters.
Boone also helped procure funding for sea floor mapping/tsunami modeling, fisheries and near-shore habitat research, navigational chart updating, plus ocean energy projects, energy issues and legislation to enabling coastal communities to be on a more level playing field when it came to restoring power after a disaster.
She also worked with a consortium of five western U.S. states and five Canadian provinces on resilience and disaster preparedness issues.
“I believe I can use my experience in the legislative assembly to be a valuable member of the board,” said Boone.
“Deborah has been a long-term supporter of the Emergency Volunteer Corps, and we are excited to have her on the team,” said Kozlowski.