On Target Preparedness began providing services in July 2011. The first contract was with Wayne County Health Department to assist them in meeting their preparedness requirements as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Work included writing emergency response plans, providing training on the plans and other disaster related topics, and designing and executing exercises.
Shortly thereafter more contracts followed with Health Departments and non-profits. Work for these also included building and designing OSHA compliant respiratory protection programs, coordinating efforts of planning with partner agencies, and planning for special events.
Our staff are trained in a wide variety of specialties to include firefighting, EMS, emergency management, public health roles, and several others.
Over our tenure working with clients, we have had the pleasure of participating or leading many unique events. Some of these events include:
Assisted Moore County Health Department in 2014 for the planning of the Men's and Women's US Open Golf Championships. This was the first time in the history of the golf tournaments where the two tournaments were held at the same golf course on back to back weeks. OTP worked with the Health Department and their partners to plan for contingencies that could happen such as foodborne illness outrbeaks, heat related illness, and other threats. This culminated in a series of tabletops County-wide that tested our planning prior to the actual event. During the event, OTP worked as the Public Health Branch Manager during the entire two week process. Due to the hard work on many agencies there were only minor issues that occured.
In 2015, the Scotland County Health Department requested that the Local Emergency Planning Committee to be reinstated to aid in county-wide planning. OTP was requested by Scotland County Emergency Services and Scotland County Health Department to aid in this process. Work was completed to ensure that the LEPC policy was up to date and proper documentation was built. An initial meeting was held where new officers for the LEPC was elected and the Regional Response Team from Fayetteville came and provided information on their services. Since that time the LEPC meets every quarter and normally has twenty to forty members in attendance.
In 2017, OTP worked with Wilson County Emergency Management to build a first in the State series of planning events to aid organizations regionally that had to increase planning due to the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule. This started off with a training provided that covered what the rule is and the requirements, how to properly plan for emergencies, and the emergency planning climate in Wilson and surrounding counties. The training was followed by a tabletop exercise focusing on flooding that tested the agencies in attendance plans and procedures. Agencies were then instructed to go back, revise any plans, processes, or phone numbers. The final portion was a full scale exercise requiring for the preparation of movement of patients to another facility to due facility shutdown.
OTP began a bi-monthly podcast in 2017. The podcast focuses on a wide variety of topics in emergency management for many different types of agencies. It can be found on Spreaker, Stitcher, and iTunes. In addition, our staff write articles and commentaries for a range of publications including Fire Engineering, Emergency Management, The Encourager, and Carolina Fire Rescue Journal.