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Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery

Having assumed office during the COVID-19 pandemic, Laurie's background in public health played a pivotal role in Lane County's effective response and swift recovery efforts. As disasters continue to pose significant threats, Laurie remains committed to proactive planning and responsive governance. Notable achievements to date include:

  • Securing funds for the reconstruction of critical communications and water infrastructure in wildfire-affected communities.

  • Coordinating with the Governor's office for timely hazardous debris removal and expedited restoration of public utilities during the January ice storm.

  • Strengthening the Public Health workforce and establishing a volunteer Public Health Reserve Corps to increase disaster response capabilities.

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