DPS Dispatch

Unsafe roadways, lowered property values and damaged ecosystems are all lasting consequences of litter. Each year in the United States, 51 billion pieces of litter can be found strewn along roadsides, according to Keep America Beautiful. In our state, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) spent more than $15 million on cleanup and removed nearly 7.5 million pounds of roadside litter in 2015. 

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DPS employees do it all. They help people get back on their feet after a disaster and help strengthen families by supporting and educating juveniles. They help keep our highways safe and protect the public by supervising our prisons.   When their busy days are done, they go home and help their communities. The latest examples of that selflessness came during National Volunteer Week, April 7 through 13.

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This beautiful spring morning, white doves gracefully flew out among pink blossoming trees in downtown Raleigh, as advocates and allies congregated to recognize the price paid by crime victims. The releasing of doves culminated the second of two events held in honor of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which Governor Cooper proclaimed to be observed in our state on April 7 through 13, 2019. During this week, events touched on the many ways lives are impacted, some of which are not the obvious examples we think of when we hear the words “crime victim.”

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Fairmont – Phostenia McCrimmon, a United States military veteran and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, has lived in her home since 1980. McCrimmon served in the army for three years before moving to North Carolina permanently. As someone who does a lot of community service within her sorority, McCrimmon was overwhelmed by the help that she received from both Hurricane Matthew and Florence. 

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Wallace - Teresa Kelley, a Hurricane Florence survivor, has been a resident of the Town of Wallace in Duplin County since 2000. Her home is a half-mile from the Northeast Cape Fear River on a dirt road. Although the inside of Kelley’s home was not damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, it was surrounded by water 10 feet deep. As Hurricane Florence approached in 2018, Kelley and her husband evacuated six miles away to stay with their daughter’s boyfriend. After the storm, Kelley and her husband could not visit their home to view the damages until a week after the flooding diminished.

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Jacksonville – For 30 years, Delane Gearhart has lived in the same home in Jacksonville that survived two disastrous hurricanes, Floyd and Matthew, prior to Hurricane Florence. Gearhart, - along with her family of four and a family friend who stays with her - prepared for Florence days before its arrival, but they had to leave the Sunday immediately after the storm because they ran out of food and a tree had fallen on the home’s septic tank. 

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For the second straight year, Community Corrections Director Tracy Lee recently brought his statewide district managers to Raleigh for a leadership workshop. And, for the second straight year, Lee was very pleased with what he saw and heard from staff. “We were able to afford them information about their accomplishments for the past year and our goals moving forward,” Lee said. “Top-level management had the opportunity to fellowship. It was important for them to know they weren’t the only ones dealing with certain issues and they could support one another.”

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For years, AmeriCorps programs and its members have been helping communities move forward and recover from the damage caused by disasters. The need for aid after Hurricane Florence is no different. Kayla Williams, an American Disaster Response Team (ADRT) incident commander, with AmeriCorps assigned to Hurricane Florence, saw it all first-hand.  “North Carolina has an immense need for response. There is a lot more damage than people know and a lot of people are still suffering from previous hurricanes,” Williams said. 

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When Hurricane Florence made its landfall in North Carolina, thousands of businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed.  Joseph Brown’s home in Chinquapin was flooded with five feet of water from the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River, which lies only a half-mile away. Flooding in the area was extensive, stretching 11 miles along the river from Chinquapin to the nearby town of Wallace.

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Since 1995, US presidents have proclaimed March as “Women’s History Month.” However, the month-long recognition of female accomplishments throughout history began the previous decade, when Congress requested the president proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress changed the designation to become a month-long one.

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Duplin County - Back in October 2016, when Hurricane Matthew brought widespread flooding and strong winds, Larry Williams and his wife, Daisy Williams would have never guessed that they would be faced with another overwhelming storm almost two years later in 2018. “I was not expecting this at all,” Williams said while discussing the turmoil of Hurricane Florence. The Williams family lives 400 yards west of Cape Fear River in Chinquapin where they experience heavy flooding often, but Hurricane Florence has been the worst yet. 

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Disaster can strike at any time, in any season. Practicing emergency plans regularly and updating emergency supplies semi-annually is an important and even lifesaving habit to keep. Clocks will be moving forward by one hour at 2 o’clock on Sunday (March 10) morning, signifying that we’re days away from the official first day of spring. Daylight Savings Time happens twice a year and are perfect times to check through your home to ensure you have the proper tools to help you through an emergency. 

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