North Carolina Emergency Management
2019 Spring Conference
March 24th – 27th, 2019
Cherokee, North Carolina
Spring Conference Agenda:
Spring 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.
Spring Conference Photographs:
Harrah’s Convention Center, Cherokee, North Carolina
We want to “thank” the American Legion Steve Youngdeer Post #143 Honor Guard
for their participation in the “Presentation of Colors Ceremony”
during the Conference Opening Ceremonies.
Karyn Yaussy (Catawba County Emergency Manager and our North Carolina Emergency Management Association President) presided over the North Carolina Emergency Management 2019 Spring All Hazards Conference “Opening Ceremonies.”
Russell Greene (Alexander County Emergency Management) provided our conference prayer.
Then, Mollie Grant (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Director of Public Safety) introduced
Principal Chief Richard Sneed who provided an official “Welcome”
to both the conference and to the local community.
Mike Sprayberry (North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Director)
also provided a “Welcome” to the Spring Conference.
Angie Ledford (Buncombe County Emergency Management and NCEMA Program Committee Chairman) provided “conference announcements” at the close of the “Opening Ceremonies”……
At the Monday Evening President’s Reception
A Look at the Spring Conference Sessions
Spring Conference Presenters
Sheri Badger (North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Disability Integration Specialist)
……along with Gloria Garton (Executive Director for the disAbility Resource Center)……
discussed disability advocacy organizations’ activities
before Hurricane Florence’s landfall through the on-going storm recovery process.
Mike Sprayberry (Director of the North Carolina Emergency Management Division);
provided an introduction to the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency;
as well as an update to their current operations.
Mike Reynolds (long time fire service member and past US Army flight medic) reflected on his personal experiences as a wounded serviceman; and, looked at maximizing individual impact within an organization. Mike participated in a second presentation session focusing on individual communication; and, how to strengthen organizational messaging.
Bobby Arledge (Polk County Emergency Management Director and Fire Marshal
reviewed the planning and response for the 2018 World Equestrian Games;
a thirteen-day international event that drew participants from sixty-eight countries.
William Kehler (McDowell County Emergency Services Director)
discussed the 2018 Westwood Chateau Apartment Complex sinkhole situation,
the subsequent evacuation and ongoing efforts to stabilize the situation.
Erik Heden (Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Office in Newport/Morehead City,
North Carolina) led a National Weather Service presentation……that also included Phil Hysell
(Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Office in Blacksburg, Virginia) and
Steve Wilkinson (Meteorologist-in-Charge NWS Office in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina)……
offering a long-range outlook for the upcoming Spring and Summer severe weather and hurricane seasons;
as well as an update on several new and experimental NWS products and services.
Mary Nash (Emergency Management Director for the Town of St. James) discussed
the Town of St. James’ Emergency Management Team and the response to Hurricane Florence.
Robert Rowley (Director of Arizona’s Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management) discussed methods for
developing an internship program for an emergency management agency; along with what should be considered
before establishing the program and the reasoning behind the need for in-depth prior planning.
Donna Platt (Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the North Carolina Division of Services for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing) led an agency team……that included Christina Bauman, Brenda Lusk Freeman
and Merri Schermerhorn ……presenting three sessions of “It’s a Different, Different World.”
These hands-on exercises provided participants a “taste” of the communication challenges
that people who are deaf, hard of hearing or are deaf-blind experience daily.
Brian Barnes (North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Emergency Services Branch Manager)
provided an overview of the State Search and Rescue Program; as well as updates on
program direction, lessons learned from recent responses, new capabilities and future goals.
Hannah Gompers (Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator with the Metrolina Healthcare
Preparedness Coalition) and Kariena Bernesser (Exercise and Education Coordinator
with the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition) discussed lessons learned while implementing the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “Emergency Preparedness Rule.”
Norma Houston (faculty member at the UNC School of Government
and advisor to the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency) provided a basic overview
of emergency management laws and authorities for local governments.
Greg Hauser (North Carolina Statewide Interoperability Coordinator) reviewed primary, secondary
and tertiary methods of communications during events, incidents or disasters;
to include 911 Center backup planning, radio fallback options, voice and data restoration and limitations.
Dorothy Henderson Bell (North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
Public Assistance Section Manager) discussed the new Public Assistance Delivery Model;
as well as the development of the public assistance grant portal.
David Hawkins ( FEMA Region IV Civil Military Project Officer provided an overview of methods
and means for emergency management officials to access and utilize Army Reserve assets and facilities.
Michelle Brock (Emergency Management Coordinator and Planning Officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
and Chairman of the NCEMA Training Committee) talked with individuals interested in becoming
an instructor for the North Carolina Emergency Management Academy 101/102 courses;
discussing what is required for instructors, how to become an instructor and what topics are covered in the courses.
Norma Houston (faculty member at the UNC School of Government and advisor to the North Carolina
Office of Recovery and Resiliency) led a panel discussion involving a number of
experienced emergency managers discussing logistical issues they had experienced during
several recent evacuation situations……as well as to hear an overview of legal issues triggered by evacuations.
Panel participants included Drew Pearson (Dare County Emergency Management Director),
Bobby Arledge (Polk County Emergency Management Director and Fire Marshal),
William Kehler (Emergency Services Director for McDowell County)
and Steven Still (New Hanover County Director of Emergency Management and 911)……
……also participating in the evacuation panel discussion were Gene Booth
(Cumberland County Emergency Services Director) and Brent Fisher
(Nash County Assistant Emergency Management Director and Assistant Fire Marshal).
Carla Bissette (WebEOC Administrator for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management)
and Austin Moore provided WebEOC updates; including boards, WebFusion and visualization.
Brian Barnes (Emergency Services Branch Manager for North Carolina Emergency Management) provided
an overview of the reimbursement process for agencies who deploy resources under a state mission;
including what costs are eligible, documentation requirements, how to submit reimbursement claims
and common challenges and misconceptions about reimbursement for various types of disaster resources.
Major Aaron Youngblood (North Carolina National Guard Deputy Operations Chief for Domestic Operations
and the primary liaison to the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management)
discussed the National Guard’s role during disaster response; including an update on the capabilities
and limitations of the North Carolina National Guard and a review of their Hazard Response Process.
Christopher “Chris” Gonyar (UNC Charlotte Director of Emergency Management),
Kevin Martin (Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for UNC Charlotte)
and Joshua Runfola (a planner with the Office of Emergency Management at UNC Charlotte)
discussed planning considerations for a family assistance center at an institution of higher education
……as well as the October 2018 UNC Charlotte family assistance center full-scale exercise.
In April 2018, FEMA began embedding staff within state emergency management agencies when
North Carolina became the first state to host a “FEMA Integration Team” (FIT).
Current North Carolina FIT members……David Musick (who handles preparedness duties
and serves as Team Lead for FIT-NC)……Jordan Rink (who handles planning duties)…….
Edwardine Marrone ( who handles mitigation duties)……and James Jatko ( who handles recovery duties)
……provided an overview of the organization and operation of FIT-NC;
including their extensive Hurricane Florence activities, involvement in numerous
other state activation and their day-to-day federal/state coordination programs.
Norma Houston (faculty member at the UNC School of Government and advisor to the North Carolina
Office of Recovery and Resiliency) provided an overview of state and federal conflicts of interest laws
……with a focus on how these laws can affect disaster recovery activities.
Tommy Batson (Pender County Assistant Emergency Management Director/Fire Marshal) discussed
the effect Hurricane Florence had on Pender County, emergency response activities during/after the storm
and incident management team support provided to the county from a variety of outside sources.
During the Conference “Breaks”
Visiting with the Vendors……
“Thanks” to them for making our conference a success.
“Networking” and the Banquet
The After Dinner Performance of “Arnold Hill“……
a “Great Closeout” to an Enjoyable Evening.
North Carolina Emergency Management Certification Presentations
“Congratulations” to Charles “Andrew” Jacobs (Hoke County) and Taylor Marsh (Watauga County);
who were presented their North Carolina Emergency Management “Executive Level” Certifications.