Wake County, N.C. – The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 100 Counties Prepared Task Force met Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at the Wake County Emergency Services Education Center. The meeting, which included county leaders from throughout North Carolina, continued the task force’s effort to develop a training plan to educate county commissioners on key aspects of emergency management and crisis leadership. The training will equip county commissioners with the tools, partnerships, and emergency management best practices needed to lead North Carolina citizens effectively during emergency situations.
The April 6 100 Counties Prepared Task Force meeting focused on the importance of relationships that county commissioners need to cultivate in order to best lead during an emergency. The task force heard from key partners including Kevin Monroe, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Office of the Governor and John Ford, FEMA Director for the National Integration Center (NIC). Attendees also heard from Sheila Crunkleton and James Jarvis from the American Red Cross. Monroe and Ford spoke on the importance of working relationships with local and elected officials and how to establish partnerships with stakeholders before emergencies occur.
In 2021, NCACC President Frank Williams launched the 100 Counties Prepared presidential initiative based on his experience leading amidst natural disasters as Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during Hurricanes Florence, Dorian, and Isaias. The initiative aims to prepare county commissioners to provide North Carolina residents with accurate and authoritative information about critical local response and recovery activities due to emergencies such as mudslides, earthquakes, tornados, floods, hurricanes, and pandemics.
“The time to build relationships with key partners is before an emergency happens, not once it is already underway, said,” said NCACC President Frank Williams. “This meeting focused on identifying the critical relationships county commissioners should develop and outlining how they can effectively build those relationships before an emergency affects their county.”
FEMA Director Ford stated that “the NIC assists local senior officials in tackling their community’s unique emergency preparedness challenges. It was great engaging with North Carolina’s county commissioners and educating them about the process of emergency preparation, response, and recovery.”
The task force will continue to meet as they build a training curriculum designed for county commissioners with an aim to empower all county leaders across the state with the tools and information necessary to guide their communities through emergencies.
For more information about the 100 Counties Prepared initiative, please visit www.100countiesprepared.com.
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