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NC Critical Industiral Incidents Summit and Forums

The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development hosted a planning meeting for the 2010 North Carolina Industrial Incidents Summit on November 6, 2009 at NCCU. The Summit identified best practices in large-scale accident response, emergency response and coordination, interoperable communication, and the relationship between emergency responders and the surrounding community.

The planning committee included representatives from Durham Technical Community College, NC Emergency Management, RTI, Fayetteville State University, Guardsmark, the Environmental Protection Agency, Johnson C. Smith University, Orange County Emergency Management, the Town of Apex, NC Division of Waste Management, NCCU Departments of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Public Health, and Durham County Emergency Management.

The Institute held its First Annual North Carolina Critical Industrial Incidents Kick-off Summit at North Carolina Central University on March 12, 2010. The Summit kicked off a year-long series of working groups designed to build collaboration among first responders, public officials, industry leaders, the private sector and community members.

The event featured Chief Mark Haraway, Apex Fire Department, who discussed the lessons learned from the EQ Industrial Fire and Emily Young, NCEM, Asst. Director for Recovery, who discussed the impact of disaster on low-income communities.

The panelists included the following:

  • Faye Stone, NC Commission on Vol. and Community Service
  • Dr. Laura Myers, Western Carolina University
  • Warren Lee, North Carolina Association of Emergency Managers
  • Tony Beasley, Economic Dev. Director, Town of Garner
  • Barry Porter, American Red Cross
  • Marilyn Stackhouse, IEM
  • Phyllis Gray, Dept. of Public Health, NCCU
  • Dr. Branislav Vlahovic, CREST and NASA Res. Centers, NCCU
  • John Cooper, PhD, MDC, Inc.
  • Major James Boling, Prof. of Intelligence Studies, Fayetteville State University

The Duplin County Critical Industrial Incidents Forum

On November 16, 2010, the Institute hosted Preparing for an Industrial Incident through Community Collaboration: A Public Conversation, a public forum  held at the Ed Emory Auditorium in Kenansville, (Duplin County) NC. In preparation for the summit, Institute staff made presentations to the Duplin County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in cooperation with Duplin County Emergency Management. The summit was attended by approximately 50 citizens from throughout the county and lasted from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

The agenda for the Summit included: Introductions and Welcome from the Institute for Homeland Security& Workforce Development; Engaging Duplin County’s Citizens in Emergency Planning, Response Recovery and Mitigation, Rob McDuffie, Duplin County Emergency Management; North Carolina Emergency Management’s Role in Emergency Response, Doug Haas, North Carolina Emergency Management; Engaging Citizens: An Industry Perspective, Charles Phillips, RSO Butterball, LLC; The Importance of Collaboration in Long Term Community Recovery Planning, Bill Johnson, IEM, Inc; Bringing a CERT Team to Duplin County, Patty Moore, NC CERT Program Manager,  and a discussion on the importance of education and communication.

Ideas captured during the discussion sessions included: Ordinary citizens think they are not really needed; There is a need to educate people; People believe engagement is “not my role;” Face to face contact is best to educate people; The political model must be used to mobilize people; The community needs to be proactive vs. reactive; There are opportunities to get schools involved; Use community exercises to get citizens involved; Utilize radio stations; Use social media to reach out to people of all generations; Use expo center to stage an emergency exercise; Recognize those volunteers who are already participating and those that want to be recognized; Citizens are conditioned to get out of the way; Emergency managers must take the message to the people; Emergency management must make presentations rather than being asked; Community is very responsive with the right campaign but there must be a sense of urgency.

To request a Forum in your area, contact M. Chris Herring at

National Baptist Conference USA Inc. Partnership

It has long been established that Faith-Based and Community Organizations play a major role in community development and resiliency. National Faith-based and Community Organizations (NFBCOs) are often not adequately equipped, however, to aid affiliates in assessing local-level needs to strengthen community resiliency. At the local level, community resiliency is affected by education, economic, crime, public health and housing challenges – all issues FBCOs are uniquely positioned to address.  However, many NFBCOs do not have the organizational infrastructure to assist state and local affiliates with holistic strategic intervention for disaster management. 

IHSWD has partnered with Rev. Dr. Randy Vaughn, Disaster Manager for the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. (NBC) to develop a standard research-based model for NFBCOs that will aid those organizations in assessing and strengthening mitigation measures, thereby leading to a “tool kit” for local affiliates. NBC has more than 16 thousand churches and 7.5 million members while the General Baptist State Convention of NC has approximately 900,000 members that will benefit from this initiative. The project includes  an assessment of national-level organization strengths and weakness at the community level; a survey of state and local-level strengths and weaknesses;  a summary report with mitigation recommendations that will aid in the strengthening of preparedness, response and recovery phases of disaster management; and training materials to ensure capacity building at the community level.

The North Carolina Central University Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiative

NCCU and IHSWD sponsored a Community Emergency Response Team course in cooperation with Ms. Faye Stone, Deputy Executive Director, NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. The course is unique, because it is an academic course in which students receive credit. The course includes the basic CERT curriculum, the CERT “Train the Trainer” curriculum and a community engagement component. A second community engagement course allows students to go back into their communities and coordinate CERT programs.

Upon completion of the course the students are prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster. Students learn the basic skills necessary to provide assistance as a first responder  to persons after a disaster until emergency services arrive. In addition to disaster preparedness, students examine ways to promote public safety in the community in non-emergency situations.
The Institute has partnered with NC CERT on many initiatives.  For information on initiating a CERT program in your community, contact your State CERT administrator.

Veterans' Reintergration Program

The IHSWD is researching development of an on-line program that will assist veterans with preparation to enter homeland security careers. The program will:
  • Provide distance education opportunities for veterans returning from war;
  • Focus on helping veterans connect their experience with the skills, knowledge and abilities that agencies in homeland security are looking for; and
  • Attend to the needs of veterans wounded in action as they seek out educational and career opportunities.

For additional information or partnerships, contact Institute Staff at (919) 530-6924.

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