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Gary Mohr had high expectations prior to leading the two-day Prisons Leadership Development Workshop on Feb. 18-19. He knew he had an audience hungry to receive skills they could take back to their facilities, and he had the morsels to provide the nutritional needs. Following the workshop, Mohr was extremely happy not only with what he saw from the group but his vision of where the North Carolina prison system is heading.

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FAIR BLUFF - For more than 50 years, Iniz Bullock has lived in the Fair Bluff home handed down to her by her mother.  The home sits just two blocks from Main Street and the Lumber River and it remained dry for most of her life, until it was flooded twice - by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and again by Hurricane Florence in 2018. When Hurricane Matthew struck, Bullock’s floors, walls, clothes and furniture were ruined and filled with mold. “There was so much water in the house it looked like a house on a river,” she said.  After the storm her home was gutted from top to bottom and repaired.  

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Nearly five months ago, Hurricane Florence swamped Nickie Christian’s yard in Matxon, N.C. with five feet of water, and more than a foot of water rose inside her home. She needed a lot of help getting her house back into livable condition, and didn’t know where she would find it, until she was contacted by the STEP program.

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DPS Secretary Erik A. Hooks knows that keeping our schools safe requires a “whole of community” and “whole of government” approach. That’s why, in April 2018, he charged the Governor’s Crime Commission’s Special Committee on School Shootings (SCSS) with developing recommendations reflective of that concept to present to Gov. Cooper. 

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NC Emergency Management employees prepare North Carolinians for disasters in a variety of ways, but today we recognize one team that is essential in natural disasters. Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, so we are spotlighting three meteorologists who comprise the weather reporting team for the department. National Weatherperson’s Day honors individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology to celebrate the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the first weather observers to take daily measurements.

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CAYTON - Hundreds of searchers from local, state and federal agencies along with public volunteers spent more than two days looking for three-year-old Casey Hathaway in Craven County before he was successfully located Thursday night.   The boy had been playing near his grandmother’s house when he wandered into the woods and did not return – spending two nights outdoors in freezing and rainy weather. Among those working the search were NC Emergency Management employees Alex Auten and Hendrix Valenzuela from the NCEM Eastern Branch Office.

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In 2018, between snow storms, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and more, North Carolina saw its fair share of disasters. These natural disasters not only took a physical toll on NC residents, but also created financial and emotional burdens. Though the impact of future storms and other disasters is impossible to predict today, there are steps everyone can take now to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life. Start out 2019 with an emergency plan in place to make sure your family is ready when disaster strikes.  Make a Plan

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Homeowners who suffered minor damage from Hurricane Florence have until February 1 to sign a Right of Entry form to participate in the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified homeowners as potential candidates and notified them with texts, phone-calls, postcards and emails. 

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(CONCORD) Games are found throughout our daily lives. Some games are played simply for amusement and fun, while others are often played to pass on skills and lessons to the next generation. Games are also used to teach us about ourselves. Such is the case for Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center staff psychologist, Jerica McIntyre, who incorporated the creation and use of a board game into psychotherapy for one of the juveniles in her care.

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