Emergency Management Division
COLD WEATHER TIPS
Emergency Services Director
Robbie Wilkie, B.S., NCEM Type I
Emergency Management Coordinator
Kenneth Teague, B.S., NCEM Type I
Emergency Management Representatives
Kevin Brown, Fire Marshal, NCEM Type I
Dino DiBernardi, B.S. NCEM Type I
Trevor Key, B.S., NCEM Type IV
Chase Keller, B.S.
Caldwell County Division of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 2200 – 616 West Avenue, NW
Lenoir, North Carolina 28645
About Emergency Management
The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Services, Division of Emergency Management is a local agency which works in conjunction with the N.C. Division of Emergency Management to plan, coordinate, and respond to various types of natural or man-made disasters.
Comprehensive Emergency Management Program
Inherent in government responsibility throughout the United States is the preservation of life and property. Since the birth of our country, Americans have maintained plans for its defense or reaction to a threat, be it natural or man-made, through the most appropriate and locally accessible level of government. Caldwell County has an inherent obligation to initially respond to any emergency or disaster situation to protect its citizens.
Caldwell County has taken a comprehensive emergency management approach to meeting the needs of the public before, during and after a disaster. This comprehensive approach includes all four phases of disaster or emergency activity: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Caldwell County utilizes the All-Hazards approach to all risks: natural disaster, man-caused, technological, domestic or international terrorism, energy and material shortages, and it is integrated into our ongoing management program. We take an approach that involves everyone in the community to help develop our blueprint for the future. It is well understood that managing emergency operations saves lives and property. Emergency Management requires daily coordination and planning.
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Under the Federal SARA Title III/EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986), local communities must establish a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The primary purpose of the LEPC is to work with local facility representatives on the development of an emergency response plan tailored to the needs of the local community. The local LEPC must analyze hazards and evaluate available resources for preparing for and responding to a potential chemical accident. The emergency response plan is based upon chemical information provided to the LEPC by local industry.Another important function of the LEPC is to oversee the reporting of the Tier I, Tier II, and hazardous chemical reporting requirements set fourth under numerous federal regulations. The LEPC may establish local reporting requirements and also can take legal action against a facility if it fails to provide the information required under Title III. This is accomplished by filing a civil action in federal district court.The North Carolina Emergency Response Commission on March 8th, 2000 designated that each County in the state was a local emergency planning district and established the procedures for the appointment of its members.The Caldwell County LEPC was designated as the county’s Citizens Corps Council in July 2005. The goals of both the LEPC and the Citizens Corps program are inherently similar, both strive to protect our communities from disaster.
During emergency events where hazardous materials are involved, evacuation is not always the best method of protecting the public. An alternative to evacuation is Shelter-In-Place. This type of protection is most often used in incidents that last only a short period of time. Residents need to be prepared for all emergencies including winter weather, severe storms, power outages, and other types of incidents that might disrupt their normal activities. To be prepared, residents should keep a 72-hour emergency kit on hand. These kits should include basic supplies including food, water, first aid kit, medications, sanitation items, battery operated radio, flashlight, and extra clothing and blankets. For more information on steps to take to protect you and your family can be found by visiting http://www.ready.gov/. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Edgecombe County have also provided this brochure for more information on the Shelter-In-Place program.
CITIZENS CORPS and CERT PROGRAM
Preparedness Information Links
- Automated Flood Warning System
- National Weather Service – Spartanburg
- Current Road Conditions For Caldwell County
- Weather Forecast / Conditions For Caldwell County
- NOAA Weather Radio Information
- Area Lake Conditions
- N.C. River and Flood Information
- N.C. Floodplain Mapping Project
- Turn Around Don’t Drown®