Fall Conference Registration Open!

The 2019 Fall Conference will be held in Wilmington, NC at the Ballast Hotel from Nov 3-6.  Registration is open now and will close on Oct 1, 2019.



The North Carolina Emergency Management Association is the professional organization for emergency managers in North Carolina. Each year the Association hosts a spring and a fall conference; where participants can gather together and learn more about what is happening in the field of emergency management and also build relationships with their peers. Please take some time and look around our site, if you have questions feel free to Contact Us.

You can find our bylaws and other governance/structure documents on the Documents and Resources Page.



Karyn Yaussy
Catawba County

First Vice President

Brent Fisher
Nash County

Second Vice President

Mary Beth Newns
Currituck County


Robin Shaver
Stanley County


Suzanne Hamby
Wilkes County

SERC Representative

Jerry VeHaun
Buncombe County


Gordon Deno
Wilson County

Past President

Scott Garner
Brunswick County


NCEMA has 10 standing committees to support the business of the association as well as provide an opportunity for our members to provide their input and be involved in the association.

Chair: Karyn Yaussy (Catawba County Emergency Management and NCEM Association President)

Duties: The Executive Committee shall be the governing body of the Association and shall have the authority to take appropriate measures required to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Association. The Executive Committee shall, by issuing rules, establish a formal procedure for the conduct of the affairs of the Association in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and by-laws. If in the Committee’s opinion, a question must have the approval of the membership, the Executive Committee may call a special meeting of the Association membership or allow for voting at any normally scheduled general membership meeting. The Executive Committee shall establish representatives and ad hoc committees on a case-by-case basis to further the purposes of the Association. The Executive Committee shall supervise the activities of the Executive Director.

Chair: Jordan Rink (FEMA)

Duties: Responsible for the development of award competition guidelines, membership notification soliciting award nominations, review of recommendation packages, selection of recipients, and presentation of awards at the Association’s Fall Conference. The committee will determine the recipients of awards in accordance with standard selection criteria and guidelines approved by the Executive Committee and the general membership of the Association. If, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, an awards category receives no nominations which meets the established standard, the committee may decide that no award be presented for this category. Membership shall consist of ten members total; three local emergency management agency members elected from each branch (Central, East and West) and a Chairman who will be appointed at large by the President to facilitate the Committees duties and only vote in the case of a tie.

Co-Chairs: Jason Burnett (Cabarrus County Emergency Management)

Duties: Responsible for the periodic review of the governing rules of this Association; in order to ensure the document truly reflects the organization’s structure and activity. Monitor adherence to provisions of the constitution and by-laws and review administrative policies and procedures with the Executive Committee for consistency to the constitution and by-laws. Receive, review and evaluate proposed changes to the constitution and by-laws as either (1) submitted by the Association’s membership, (2) requested by the Executive Committee, (3) necessitated by outside influences, such as changes in laws or other instruments that supersede the organization’s authority or (4) determined by the committee to be in the best interests of the organization. Prepare and submit to members a consolidated listing of proposed changes to the constitution and by-laws at least ten days in advance of any general membership meeting. During general membership meetings, present all proposed changes to the constitution and by-laws to the Association for consideration and vote for adoption.

Chair: Brian Short (Vance County Emergency Management)

Duties: Develop, monitor, and maintain the legislative priorities of the Association; coordinate legislative strategy sessions to help define the Association’s legislative agenda; and prepare and promote the Association’s legislative agenda. Remain aware of all proposed legislation at the federal, state and/or local level that may impact emergency management activities or the goals of the Association. Make recommendations to the Executive Committee, and/or the membership, regarding Association positions relative to legislative issues and request action by the members, as appropriate. Maintain liaison with state and federal legislators and appropriate associations, committees, and task forces in matters relating to emergency management. Provide education information to federal and state legislators pertaining to issues important to the emergency management program. Draft legislation and testify for or against legislation as appropriate and as directed by the Association; informing the President prior to taking any direct action with the state legislature or Congress. This committee will also coordinate with emergency management organizations at the national level in support of the emergency preparedness program.

Chair: Shane Seagroves (Lee County Emergency Management) & Larry Smith (Harnett County Emergency Management)

Duties: Make recommendations concerning the development and maintenance of a strong, active membership and actively seek new members in all membership categories of the Association. Committee members will oversee Association marketing strategies in order to increase membership and will provide information to other agencies, associations, businesses, and individuals regarding the significant role the Association plays in furthering effective “emergency management” throughout our State.

Chair: Kenneth Teague (Caldwell County Emergency Management)

Duties: Select capable, qualified candidates for nomination as elected officers of the Association. Solicit nominees from the membership, confirm interest and qualifications of all candidates, and compile a slate of contenders prior to the general membership meeting conducted in conjunction with the Fall Conference. During the Fall general membership meeting; present candidate listing to Association President, who will accept nominations from the floor, and conduct the election in accordance with Robert’s Rule of Order. Current elected officers of the Association are excluded from serving as members of the Nomination Committee. Membership shall consist of seven (7) active members; two members each from the three NC/EM Branches plus one member at large.

Chair: Angie Ledford (Buncombe County Emergency Management)

Duties: Plan, coordinate and develop the agenda for all Association sponsored state-wide conferences. The Committee will be responsible for all facets of the conference activities; including topics, schedule, speaker identification and support, program document design and the coordination of any training or seminars offered in conjunction with the conferences. The committee will also participate, as requested by the Executive Committee, in developing the program for any other Association sponsored events.

Chair: Suzanne Hamby (Wilkes County Emergency Management)

Duties: Select a site for the Spring and Fall Conferences, in the best interest of the membership. On a year-to-year basic, consideration should be given to rotate conference placement among differing geographic sections of the State; in order to both afford a variety of locations for attendees and preclude recurring lengthy travel for any particular membership group. The committee will also participate, as requested by the Executive Committee, in identifying locations and facilities for other Association sponsored events.

Chair: Darshan Patel (Wake County Emergency Management)

Duties: Serve the Association leadership and membership as a focal point for technology policy, issues, and information; focusing on both existing and emerging technology relative to the emergency management community. Establish a network bringing together emergency management practitioners and allied professionals to enhance and improve the provision of emergency management services to their respective constituencies. Manage and maintain the Association Website; in cooperation with the Communications Committee, ensure that the website contains timely and useful information that will be of benefit to the Association’s membership. In conjunction with the Program Committee, develop and/or coordinate technology subject matter, updates and activities for inclusion in the conference programs. Provide reasonable technical assistance to members. Report on emerging technology relative to emergency management at the general session meetings held in conjunction with the Spring and Fall Conferences.

Chair: Michelle Brock (Forsyth County Emergency Management)

Duties: In coordination with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management; develop and implement a statewide training and education program to enhance emergency management knowledge and professionalism throughout the State’s emergency response community. Provide information to the membership on training opportunities and other subjects of interest related to training. Encourage the development of an instructor cadre within the membership to facilitate intergovernmental training and the utilization of shared resources. In conjunction with the Certification Committee; promote the inclusion into the State’s annual training program those courses comprising the certification program curriculum.


NCEMA currently has one standing caucus to represent the emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses in North Carolina. Although institutions of higher education are a part of the communities in which they reside, they take on special and sometimes unique considerations when assisting students, faculty, staff, and visitors in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against emergencies.


NCEMA and its members annually honor those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to support and develop the emergency management community in North Carolina through four different awards detailed below.  Nominations are taken throughout the year and awards are presented at the annual fall conference.


Below is a listing of current postings for jobs and internships in North Carolina and surrounding areas.  The information in the postings comes directly from the agencies/organizations; NCEMA is not responsible for the content.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the agencies directly.

If any agencies/organizations want to submit a job to post on our site, please use the link below.

TitleAgency NameJob DescriptionJob TypeJob Posting Link
Assistant Professor of Emergency Management and Public AdministrationUniversity of North Carolina - Pembroke (Department of Political Science and Public Administration)Responsible for teaching emergency management courses at the graduate level, courses in public administration at the graduate level and at least one general education courses Position is “open” until filled.Full Timehttps://jobs.uncp.edu/postings/6027
Assistant Professor of Homeland SecurityCampbell University Department of History, Criminal Justice and Political ScienceTeach undergraduate Homeland Security courses with a focus on terrorism, insurgency, intelligence and the interagency in a traditional classroom setting. This individual will also lend support to the new Cybersecurity program.Full Timehttps://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp01/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CAMPUNIV&cws=37&rid=2026
Assistant Professor – Emergency and Disaster Management – #002408Western Carolina University - Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Emergency and Disaster Management A tenure-track faculty Assistant Professor position; beginning August 1, 2020. A nine-month position with summer teaching possibilities; for residential EDM (face-to-face) program with some likely online teaching responsibility.Full Timejobs.wcu.edu/postings/11539


North Carolina General Statute 166A, Article 5 authorizes the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, to create a voluntary certification program for the profession of Emergency Management in the State of North Carolina. The certification program’s purpose is to “strengthen and enhance the professional competencies of emergency management personnel in State and local emergency management agencies.”

Those interested in obtaining North Carolina Emergency Management Certification should follow the guidance listed in several documents available on this website (especially the Emergency Management Certification Program Manual). The documents outline the program responsibilities, certification criteria, and application processes for the North Carolina Emergency Management Certification Program.


The North Carolina Emergency Management Association has four levels of membership to ensure our EM Community is represented from students through County EM Coordinators.

Memberships for NCEMA are for the calendar year and need to be renewed January 1 of each year.

Membership questions can be directed to membership@ncema.net or using the contact form below.

Membership Categories

Any individual from a county or tribal emergency management agency. There may be multiple active members in a single jurisdiction. Active members shall have voting privileges equal to one vote per county or tribal jurisdiction.

Professional and technical persons in associated fields. Associate members may also include governmental (e.g. federal, state and municipal), academic or volunteer agencies (or their employees), who are actively engaged in some phase of emergency management.

Individual from any commercial or business entity that expresses interest in, or has, common functions of Emergency Management activities.

Any individual enrolled in a Community College, College or University having interest or course of study in Emergency Management activities.