Blog: DPS Dispatch

After the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred dropped several inches of rain in Western North Carolina, record flooding occurred along the Pigeon River resulting in six fatalities. The storm is estimated to have caused $18.7 million in damage to public infrastructure, and 11 counties have been approved for FEMA Public Assistance.

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The North Carolina Emergency Management Association (NCEMA) held its annual meeting recently and presented awards for 2020 and 2021. These awards included the Col. William A. Thompson Award, which is presented to the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) employee who has demonstrated outstanding achievement assisting local emergency management coordinators with programs, incidents and information. The 2020 Thompson Award recipient is Tim Byers, NCEM Area 6 Coordinator in the Central Branch Office and the 2021 recipient is Dennis Hancock, NCEM Central Branch Manager. 2020 Thompson Award

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Aprenda los Sonidos de Protección Contra Incendios La División de Manejo de Emergencia de N.C. se hace eco del tema de la Asociación Nacional de Protección contra Incendios (NFPA) para la Semana Nacional de Prevención de Incendios, del 3 al 9 de octubre, y anima a todos a Aprender los sonidos de protección contra incendios.

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In the aftermath of the recent storms that dumped heavy rain on western North Carolina, a Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) was deployed to support the Haywood County Communications Center, in providing some relief for the telecommunicators there who worked through the storm and aftermath with little time for rest or relief. In addition to being an Emergency Management watch analyst with the N.C.

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As part of the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management, the 24-Hour Watch is housed in the State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. The Watch is an information and communication sharing hub for incident information and intelligence data from federal, state and local partners. The Watch shares information it receives with all necessary stakeholders via multiple communication platforms.   

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On August 17, 2021, Tropical Strom Fred swept through western North Carolina. The storm brought devastating floods that claimed at least five lives. Middle Tennessee experienced similar deadly floods the following week, after receiving several inches of rain. During hurricanes, flooding causes more damage and lives lost than any other hazard. 

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Estamos cerca de un mes en la temporada de huracanes. Los meteorólogos han predicho una temporada por encima de lo normal y ya ha habido algunas tormentas con nombre. Esperamos que ya está preparado para cualquier tormenta con un equipo de suministros de emergencia emergency supplies kit. Si no es así, es hora de preparar su hogar. Asegúrese de que sus preparativos incluyan suministros y planes para cuidar a las mascotas durante estas emergencias climáticas. Si no es seguro para usted, tampoco lo es para sus mascotas. Haga planes ahora para asegurarse de que sus mascotas permanezcan seguras.

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Si es propietario/dueño de una vivienda desde hace mucho tiempo o un comprador por primera vez, adquirir una póliza de seguro puede ser una tarea intimidante. El comienzo de la temporada de huracanes es un buen momento para analizar los tipos de cobertura de seguro que tiene y determinar si es la adecuada. Recuerde, las pólizas de seguro nuevas generalmente demoran 30 días en entrar en vigor. Entonces, planifique ahora. Seguro contra inundaciones

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Spring is in the air, summer is around the corner and people are enjoying pleasant weather across North Carolina. Hikers are making their way along a mountain trail where a waterfall cascades to the stream below. The stream winds its way through the lush forests to a river that rolls through the Piedmont. Greenways along the riverside are bustling with people pushing strollers and cruising along on a bike ride. The river eventually makes its way to the ocean, where rolling waves break lazily along the coastline. Beachgoers sit under colorful umbrellas and enjoy the cool ocean breeze.

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En esta época del año, muchos norcarolinianos preparan sus plantíos y jardines para las lluvias de primavera que ayudarán a que crezcan sus flores y verduras. Aunque la primavera en Carolina del Norte es hermosa, también es la temporada más activa de condiciones severas del tiempo como tormentas eléctricas y tornados. Además de trabajar en sus jardines, también se alienta a los norcarolinianos a ser proactivos y prepararse para afrontar condiciones severas del tiempo. 

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For Black History Month, the Department of Public Safety is spotlighting employees who have gone above and beyond – either through their job or in their free time – to support COVID-19 safety and healing in their communities. Find more inspiring stories here. Director of Business Systems and Reporting Julendia Gaillard joined NCORR about 18 months ago as the next step in a career that includes more than 40 years of IT development, management and teaching.

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With winter weather in the forecast, now is the time to prepare. To remain safe during this time, the best thing you can do is not drive on the roads, but if you must, plan ahead and review how to operate your vehicle in winter weather. Prepare Your Vehicle Before you hit the road, it’s a good rule of thumb to prepare your vehicle ahead of time. The lower temperatures can cause tire pressure and battery power to drop and may cause moisture to freeze the gas lines. Check your tire pressure, test your battery and keep your gas tank at least half full.

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One of the most important – yet easily overlooked – ways to be disaster ready is making sure you have critical information stored in a safe place. Having copies of your identification, financial and legal documentation, medical information and critical contacts in a secure, easily accessible location will help you more quickly recover after a disaster. 

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COVID-19 has affected our lives in so many ways. That is especially true when it comes to sheltering plans during an emergency. We are approaching the peak of hurricane season and the landscape for evacuation shelters is drastically different this year. North Carolina Emergency Management officials want you to know what to expect at shelters this year so that you can begin preparing. Prepare, prepare, prepare and prepare some more 

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