The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) – a group that brings together the counties in the state for joint initiatives – just held the final meeting of its “100 Counties Prepared Task Force.”
That task force heard best practices for emergency management preparation and response from industry leaders and then revamped the curriculum for the association’s upcoming 100 Counties Prepared emergency preparedness training for county commissioners.
According to the NCACC, the 100 Counties Prepared training “will equip county commissioners to lead effectively during emergencies such as natural disasters, public health crises and other critical incident situations.”
In recent years, Guilford County has been hit with major winter storms, a pandemic and tornados to name a few of the threats that county commissioners sometimes need to address.
A daylong emergency preparedness course for county leaders is set for Thursday, August 11 at the NCACC’s Annual Conference in Cabarrus County.
That training course is the result of NCACC President and Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams’ 100 Counties Prepared presidential initiative, which began in response to Hurricanes Florence, Dorian and Isaias.
Williams said the new program should help counties handle situations when a catastrophe hits.
“I’m excited to see this much-needed training come to fruition,” he said, adding that Emergency management personnel have a lot of training, but county commissioners and elected officials usually have little to no training on how to lead in a crisis.
Guilford County Commissioner Alan Perdue, who was the county’s Emergency Services director before being elected commissioner, is the exception to the rule. Most elected leaders across the state know very little about responding to emergencies.
For more information about the 100 Counties Prepared initiative, those interested can visit www.100countiesprepared.com.