State Emergency Response Commission
The 18-member State Emergency Response Commission is responsible for protecting the state's citizens and environment through effective emergency planning and informing the community of chemical hazards.
The SERC acts in an advisory capacity to the secretary of Public Safety, who serves as the State Administrative Agent to coordinate activities of the North Carolina State Homeland Security Program and the Domestic Preparedness and Regions. Specifically the Commission reviews the State Homeland Security Strategy to insure that it is aligned with local, state and federal priorities as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and that its goals and objectives are being met in accordance with program intent. In addition, the SERC fulfills the following responsibilities:
- Reviews DHS Homeland Security Grant Program applications and allocations for sate and regional homeland security-related projects.
- Reviews plans for preventing, preparing, responding and recovering from acts of terrorism and all hazards, man-made or natural.
- Ensures State Homeland Security Program collaboration with all Homeland Security Stakeholders, both government and private-sector, and encourages citizen awareness of and participation in all-hazards preparedness.