North Carolina Emergency Management
2018 Fall Conference
October 21st – 24th, 2018
Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Fall Conference Agenda:
Fall Conference Presentations:
The North Carolina Emergency Management Association wishes to “Thank” the members of the
Training Branch of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for both their conference audio/visual support
and their acquisition of the below PowerPoint presentations; we really appreciate their assistance.
“Click” on the below session title to access the PowerPoint slide set.
Fall Conference Photographs:
Sea Trail Convention Center, Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Scott Garner (Brunswick County Emergency Manager and our North Carolina Emergency Management Association
President) presided over the North Carolina Emergency Management 2018 Fall Conference “Opening Ceremonies.”
Then, Gordon Deno (Wilson County Emergency Management Director
and our Association’s Chaplain) provided our conference prayer.
Randy Thompson (Brunswick County Commissioner) provided an official “Local Welcome”
to both the conference and to the local community.
Then Mike Sprayberry (North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Director) provided a “Division Welcome” to the Fall Conference.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper reviewed disaster situations from the past year;
and, “Thanked” our emergency management community for their service to
both the victims of these emergencies and to the State of North Carolina.
Then, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long discussed recent FEMA disaster activities,
the outlook for the future and his desire for continued local and state leadership in all emergency response situations.
Angie Ledford (Buncombe County Emergency Management and NCEMA Program Committee Chairman)
provided “conference announcements” at the close of the “Opening Ceremonies”……
A Look at the Fall Conference Sessions
Fall Conference Presenters
Keynote Speaker Diane Juffras (UNC-CH School of Government) discussed a number of
employment law and human resources issues likely to arise in an emergency.
Brian Barns (NCEM Emergency Services branch Manager) introduced the new/improved
NC Training-Exercise Response Management System (NC TERMS).
Bobby Arledge (Polk County EM Director) and Jimmy Brissie (Henderson County EM Director)
discussed their counties’ response to May 2018 landslide emergencies.
Jim Groves (Fire Marshal and EM Director for Durham City/County) focused on a
grassroots approach to developing succession and resilience in local emergency management programs.
Keynote Speaker Mike Reynolds (long time fire service member and past US Army flight medic)
reflected on his personal experiences as a wounded serviceman; and, how coping with traumatic injuries
has helped him regain his sense of purpose. Mike participated in a second presentation session
focusing on everyone’s need to move forward to overcome past experiences not to dwell in the past.
Eric Wiseman (NCEM Area 13 Coordinator), Scot Brooks (Deputy Public Safety Director for Moore County),
Billy Winn (Gates County Emergency Services Director), Mary Beth Newns (Currituck County EM and Communications Director), Jim Robinson (Greensboro Fire Department Operations Chief) and William Kehler (McDowell County Emergency Services Director) discussed the experiences of State and local emergency responders that participated in the
EMAC deployments to Hawaii in response of to the volcanic eruptions that occurred earlier this year.
Don Campbell (Guilford County EM Director) discussed lessons learned for both the emergency management organization
and the school system following the April 15th, 2018 F2 tornado that struck the City of Greensboro and Guilford County.
Brent Fisher (Assistant EM Director and Assistant Fire Marshal for Nash County), Karyn Yaussy (Catawba County EM Coordinator) and Norman Bryson (Onslow County Emergency Services Director) discussed sheltering tools and resources for local emergency managers developing their sheltering plan or preparing to open a disaster shelter in their jurisdiction.
Larry Marks (NC VOAD Board of Directors member), along with Ann Huffman (NC VOAD President),
provided an overview of the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NC VOAD) organization
and its role in disasters across our State. They also provided a second presentation focused on
some of the less well-known organizations that are NC VOAD agency members.
Callion Maddox (NCEM Homeland Security Grants Manager) provided information on the FEMA
Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) process form application to closeout.
Justine Hollingshead (Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor for NC State University) and Kelly Lindsey (EM Planner
for the City of Raleigh) discussed the various components of large-scale event planning in a university setting.
Ashley Ward (Climate Integration and Outreach Associate with NOAA) discussed the “Hazardous Extremes Risk Assessment” tool designed to increase understanding and awareness of climate event probabilities, frequencies, trends and impacts.
Sheri Badger (NCEM Disability Integration Specialist) introduced the recently published “Access and Functional Needs
Toolkit for Emergency Managers;” designed to assist local emergency managers including individuals
with access and functional needs into all phases of emergency management within their community.
Pam Hicks (Federal Surplus Property Administrator with the NC Department of Administration) and
Charles Browning (Asst. Administrator for Federal Surplus Property) provided information on
acquiring and utilizing property obtained from the North Carolina Division of Surplus..
Darshan Patel (Emergency Management Team Leader with Wake County Emergency Management) discussed best practices from across the state concerning how to utilize and manage WebEOC as both a crisis management and daily operations tool. ……….
Chris Bailey (NCEM Search and Rescue Coordinator) provided an update to the NC Search and Rescue program.
Then Tom Caldwell (a private practice structural engineer) provided an overview of the
USAR Structures Specialist program and the role they can plan to support the County.
Darrell Jeter ( Director of Emergency Management and Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, along with
Sgt. Jake Kornegay (UNC-CH Police Department) provided insight on planning and management considerations
for high interest events……from mass protests and rallies to high profile speakers and beyond.
Gordon Deno (Wilson County Emergency Management Director) provided information on the
International Association of Emergency Managers’ “Certified Emergency Manager” credentialing program;
discussing the application process and doe’s/don’ts for the application procedure.
David Hesselmeyer (President of the “On Target Preparedness” consulting firm)
discussed the grant writing process……dispelling myths, explaining the overall process and
providing helpful hints as to increasing chances of obtaining grant funding.
Nick Petro (Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Raleigh NWS Office)……
along with Erik Heden (Wakefield NWS), Jeff Orrock (Wakefield NWS) and Steve Pfaff (Wilmington NWS)
……discussed large scale weather patterns and climate features that will impact
North Carolina’s weather during the upcoming Winter and Spring seasons.
Sue Best (Special Assistant to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey) and Mendy Greenwood
(NC Department of Insurance Regional Director) discussed their agency’s efforts to educate the citizens of NC
on how to protect their property and recoup their losses in the event of a disaster.
Norma Houston (UNC School of Government) provided a look into the North Carolina Legislative; discussing
in detail the basic mechanics of how a bill becomes a law and how to successfully navigate the legislative labyrinth.
During the Conference “Breaks”
Visiting with the Vendors……
NCEMA “Lifetime Members” Attending the Fall Conference
Martin Chriscoe, Frank Thomason, Randy Thompson and Gary Jones
“Networking” and the Awards Banquet
Once the below awards were presented; many Banquet attendees adjourned to the Jones/Byrd Room
to continue their comradery in a late evening get-together. As the night ended; those remaining
came together for the above photo to “memorialize” their “last hoorah” at the Sea Trails Convention Center.
We will certainly miss these Sunset Beach Gatherings……
North Carolina Emergency Management Certification Presentations
Present to receive their certificates was Tony Brown (Rowan County Emergency Services) who received his Associate Level Emergency Management Certification……and Brian Barnes (NC Division of Emergency Management),
Kent Greene (Iredell County EM), Kristen Skinner (New Hanover County EM), Emily Watson (On Target Preparedness)
and William Kehler (McDowell County EM) who received their Executive Level Emergency Management Certifications.
In addition; Associate Level Emergency Management Certifications were also awarded to
Timothy Bell (Rowan County), Jimmy Brissie (Henderson County EM) and Christopher Lambert (Rowan County EMS).
North Carolina Emergency Management Association Awards
Pat Gentry (Preparedness Coordinator with the Durham County Health Department) was awarded the
James F. Buffalo Award……which is presented to the person outside of the Emergency Management family
who has exhibited outstanding support and leadership to emergency management agencies.
Teresa Smith (New Hanover County Emergency Management) was awarded the Vance E. Kee Award……
which is presented to the Local Emergency Management Staff Person who has demonstrated outstanding achievement
in their local Emergency Management program, through promoting Emergency Management
among other County and State agencies and elected officials.
Jimmie Ramsey (Area 14 Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management) was awarded the
Colonel William A. Thompson Award……presented to the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management employee
who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in assisting Local Emergency Management Coordinators
with programs, incidents and information.
Russell Greene (Alexander County Emergency Services Director ) was awarded the Colonel Phillip Nichlos Waters Award……presented to the Local Emergency Management Coordinator/Director who has demonstrated outstanding achievement
in their local Emergency Management program and has contributed to the overall good and advancement
of the Emergency Management System in the State.
The “President’s Award“……presented by North Carolina Emergency Management Association President Scott Garner
……was awarded to Michelle Brock ( Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management and chairman
of our Association’s Training Committee) and to Angie Ledford (Buncombe County Emergency Management
and chairman of our Association’s Program Committee) for their dedication, support and contributions
beyond what was required to the North Carolina Emergency Management Association.
Newly elected North Carolina Emergency Management Association President Karyn Yaussy
(Catawba County) congratulates “out-going” President Scott Garner (Brunswick County)
for his leadership and dedication during the past year of his service.
Then……she “closed out” the Banquet by “thanking” those who worked so hard to make the evening a success.