Public Safety

  • November 24, 2014 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared November 30 through December 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans and stock their emergency supplies kits.

     

    “The four back-to-back winter storms we experienced earlier this year are good reminders that North Carolina winters can pack a punch,” said Governor McCrory. “Whether it is sleet, snow, ice or freezing rain, be sure your family is ready. Use the ReadyNC mobile app to find out what supplies your family needs, what the traffic conditions are and where to go if you need shelter. Planning ahead will help keep your family safe during winter storms.”

     

    Anywhere from six to 12 winter weather events, defined by the occurrence of measurable snow, sleet, freezing rain or cold rain, occur across the Piedmont of North Carolina each year, while coastal regions of the state typically experience less than four events annually. North Carolina’s proximity to the Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Stream and Gulf of Mexico means it can experience a variety of winter weather patterns that provide a mixed bag of precipitation.

     

    “Even with the best forecasts, North Carolina winters are often unpredictable,” said Mike Sprayberry, N.C. Emergency Management director. “Last winter we saw a lot of snow and ice. The winter before, it was rain. Three years ago, there were tornadoes, which is almost unheard of during winter. It’s important to be ready for anything.”  

     

    Nick Petro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said this year’s winter outlook features a slightly higher chance of above average amount of precipitation. He adds that the chances of above-, near- or below-average temperatures remain even. "The events that make winter memorable, such as big snow or ice storms, depend on conditions in the atmosphere which are just not predictable beyond a week or two. That is why residents need to be prepared in advance for any type and amount of winter weather," Petro explained.

     

    It is important that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions by listening carefully to their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio, local radio and television stations for storm watches or warnings. When winter weather warnings are issued, the public should be prepared for possible power outages or roads made impassable by snow or ice. 

     

    Sprayberry urged residents to practice the following winter safety tips:  

    • Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. 
    • Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors. 
    • Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios. 
    • Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home. 
    • Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm. You will be warmer and, as the temperature changes, you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable. 
    • If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a sack of cat litter (for tire traction), a tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, extra clothing to keep dry, and a windshield scraper and brush. 
    • If driving on snow- or ice-covered roadways, reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide. Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. 
    • If conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay calm and remain in your vehicle. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.

     

    Sprayberry warned that most deaths attributed to winter storms result from indirect dangers such as traffic accidents, falling trees, downed power lines, house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from improper use of space heaters, grills and stoves. 

     

    The Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service work together to give the public the most up-to-date and accurate weather and safety information to help citizens take the proper measures to protect themselves, their neighbors and loved ones from the effects of dangerous winter storms. 

     

    For more information on how to prepare for winter storms, download the free ReadyNC app from the AppStore or GooglePlay or visit www.readync.org.

     

    Click here for a copy of the governor's proclamation.

Proclamation

November 30, 2014Public Safety

WHEREAS, more than 32,000 people are killed each year in crashes on American highways and roads, and 1,279 people were killed in crashes in North Carolina in 2013; and

 

WHEREAS, many of these fatal car crashes may be avoided by simply exercising patience, caution and awareness on the roads; and

 

WHEREAS, drivers should prepare themselves for the unpredictable behaviors of other drivers, disabled vehicles, spilled cargo, adverse weather conditions and many other potential dangers that they may encounter on roadways; remaining focused allows motorists to react quickly and correctly in any situation; and

 

WHEREAS, it is always important for drivers to focus on driving, eliminate distractions, maintain safe speeds and drive defensively to avoid preventable accidents; and

 

WHEREAS, many individuals and organizations are working to increase awareness of the need for driver safety; and

 

WHEREAS, the Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the busiest highway travel day of the year;

 

NOW, THERFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 30, 2014, as “DRIVE SAFER SUNDAY” in North Carolina, and commend this observance to all citizens.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. 

  • October 20, 2014 • Education, • Public Safety

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory has asked North Carolina education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business leaders to work together with the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus the public’s attention on methods to ensure all state schools are safe as Safer Schools Week is observed this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.

     

    “The N.C. Center for Safer Schools has recently updated me on the progress it has made over the past year in partnership with state and local agencies, schools and communities to ensure our children are kept safe while they are learning,” Governor McCrory said. “As we observe Safer Schools Week, I encourage all North Carolinians to become active in your children’s lives and in their schools, and learn how you can help keep our schools safe and secure.”

     

    Established by Governor McCrory in 2013, the N.C. Center for Safer Schools – based in the Department of Public Safety – is a customer-focused information center for research, training and technical assistance related to school safety, crisis prevention and response. Working with federal, state, local and community-based organizations over the past year, accomplishments of the Center and its partners include:

    • Development and training of a new critical incident response video to help standardize and educate school faculty and staff on how best to respond in a lockdown and other school emergencies.
    • Development by N.C. Emergency Management of a web-based portal to provide schools with a standardized method for identifying elements of their safe schools plan. Emergency Management is also developing a secure web-based portal to provide more rapid access to school-specific key elements needed by first responders in the event of a critical incident.
    • Facilitation of training by the Department of Health and Human Services that provided many new trainers of Mental Health First Aid for Youth to help parents, teachers and those in the juvenile and adult justice system become more aware of the role mental health challenges play in the behavior pattern of youth in our schools.
    • Development of online training for teachers and school support staff by the Department of Public Instruction to assist them in using school resource officers more effectively.

    During Safer Schools Week, the Center’s executive director, Kym Martin, and School Safety Specialist Mike Anderson will participate in the 20th National Symposium on Juvenile Services in Greensboro, hosted by the Department of Public Safety. Martin and Anderson will be joined on Wednesday by William Lassiter, DPS deputy commissioner for Juvenile Justice, for a presentation on the prevention, intervention and crisis response techniques involved in creating safer schools.

     

    Safer Schools Week also occurs in conjunction with Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month in North Carolina, proclaimed by the governor on October 1, 2014.

     

    For additional information on the Center for Safer Schools, including its latest progress report, please visit www.centerforsaferschools.org.

     

    Click here to download a copy of the proclamation. 

Proclamation

October 19, 2014Education, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, our schools make substantial contributions to the future of North Carolina and to the development of our state and nation's young people as knowledgeable, responsible and productive citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, excellence in education is dependent on safe, secure, healthy and peaceful school settings; and

 

WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of many students, teachers and school staff are unnecessarily jeopardized by crime and violence, and distractions such as substance abuse, gangs, bullying, poor discipline, vandalism and absenteeism in our schools; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of all citizens to enhance the learning experiences of young people by helping to ensure fair and effective discipline, recognize behavioral and developmental challenges, promote good citizenship, and generally make school safe and secure; and

 

WHEREAS, all leaders, especially those in education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business should eagerly collaborate with each other and the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus public attention on school safety and identify, develop and promote both innovative and evidence-based answers to these critical issues; and

 

WHEREAS, numerous schools and local education agencies throughout the state, along with national programs, are among those innovative answers; and

 

WHEREAS, the observance of America's Safe Schools Week will substantially promote efforts to provide our state’s schools with positive and safe learning climates;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim

October 19-25, 2014, as “SAFER SCHOOLS WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ______________________________

PAT McCRORY

Governor

  • October 1 is "National Day of Unity"

    October 1, 2014 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 2014 as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in North Carolina, urging citizens to reach out and offer safety and support to friends and family - or anyone - they believe to be in danger of abuse.

     

    "Domestic violence is something we can't turn our back on in North Carolina," First Lady Ann McCrory said. "Last year, domestic violence programs throughout our state served nearly 57,345 victims and provided shelter for about 14,543 victims. These numbers show we have the strength and will to serve others in need, and serves as a hopeful reminder that our state has always been one of compassion and action. However, they also reveal that more must be done to combat this abuse and save lives."

     

    Governor McCrory's Crime Commission, the N.C. Council for Women and the Department of Public Safety are all dedicated to domestic violence prevention and support services. All told, state-funded programs serve nearly 60,000 victims annually.

     

    The North Carolina Department of Justice reported in the spring that in 2013, 108 women, men and children lost their lives due to domestic violence-related homicides.

     

    Click here for a copy of the proclamation. 

Proclamation

October 1, 2014Education, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, bullying is physical, verbal or emotional harm or intimidation directed at a person or group of people; and

 

WHEREAS, each year,approximately thirty percent of United States youth may be impacted by bullying, either as culprits or as a victims; and

 

WHEREAS, an estimated one hundred sixty thousand students in kindergarten through twelfth grade miss school every day due to a fear of being bullied; and

 

WHEREAS, bullying can take many forms, including verbal, physical, and most recently in cyberspace; and

 

WHEREAS, bullying occurs on neighborhood playgrounds, in schools, and through technology such as social media; and

 

WHEREAS, targets of bullying are more likely to acquire physical, emotional and learning problems and students who are repeatedly bullied often fear such activities as riding the bus, going to school and attending community activities; and

 

WHEREAS, various researchers have concluded that bullying is the most common form of violence, affecting millions of youth in the United States each year, either as a bully or a victim; and

 

WHEREAS, children who bully are at greater risk of engaging in serious violent behavior; and

 

WHEREAS, a large percentage of children who are bullied believe that adult help is infrequent and ineffective; and

 

WHEREAS, it is important for North Carolina parents, students, teachers and school administrators to be aware of bullying, and to encourage discussion of the problem as a school community;

 

NOW, THERFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 2014, as “BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend this observance to all citizens;

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this thirtieth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

 

 

PAT McCRORY

Governor

Proclamation

WHEREAS, our nation’s Professional Truck Drivers delivers, safely and securely, life’s essentials to every home, community, school, hospital and business in America, traveling more than 421 billion miles, delivering more than 68 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage; and

 

WHEREAS, more than 3.2 million men and women in this nation work as Professional Truck Drivers, and are dedicated to safety on our highways and in our workplaces, to the industry they work in, and to the citizens of the United States of America; and

 

WHEREAS, Professional Truck Drivers of the State of North Carolina safely deliver more than 731,000 tons of freight each day to over 86% of North Carolina communities who depend solely on Professional Truck Drivers to receive their goods; and

 

WHEREAS, the Professional Truck Drivers who keep the shelves of our local supermarkets fully stocked, deliver medicine and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics, and deliver goods at every stage of production – from raw materials to the store shelf, should be honored; and

 

WHEREAS, the citizens this nation should take a moment and recognize the significant contributions of our Professional Truck Drivers; the efficiency and safety that these drivers guarantee allow businesses and private citizens to confidently ship goods across state lines and throughout America; and

 

WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of Professional Truck Drivers to our well-being, and the economic value of their industry to North Carolina, it is proper to acknowledge men and women truck drivers as vital constituents to America;


            NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim September 14-20, 2014, as NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

 

PAT McCRORY

Governor

Proclamation

September 12, 2014Public Safety

WHEREAS, every driver has the right and responsibility to be safe on our roads; and

 

WHEREAS, more than 5,000 teenage drivers die in car crashes annually; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina loses more than 50 teenagers each year to car crashes; and

 

WHEREAS, we believe no parent should ever again receive a call saying their child has died in a car crash; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has more than 105,000 miles of maintained roads, which are traversed by millions of drivers and their passengers annually; and

 

WHEREAS, operating a vehicle distracted by phone calls or texting is not only illegal, it can be deadly; and

 

WHEREAS, B.R.A.K.E.S. is a charity committed to the goal of teaching teens and their       parents the importance of safe driving; and

 

WHEREAS, B.R.A.K.E.S. provides Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools to residents of North Carolina at no cost to our cherished teens and their parents; and

 

WHEREAS, our roads and highways will be safer, and our teens will come home to their parents because of the advanced training they receive at these schools; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina honors Doug Herbert in recognition of his efforts as founder of B.R.A.K.E.S., in memory of his sons Jon and James;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim

September 12, 2014, as BE RESPONSIBLE AND KEEP EVERYONE SAFE DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. 

Proclamation

September 1, 2014Public Safety

WHEREAS, last year North Carolina experienced 10 tornadoes, 81 hail storms, 150 flood events and 464 severe thunderstorms and high wind events; and

WHEREAS, this year marks the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel, the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Floyd and the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storms Frances and Ivan; and

WHEREAS, every community, business, family and individual in North Carolina must be ready year-round for natural and man-made disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes and terrorism that may disrupt normal daily activity; and

WHEREAS, all North Carolinians can take a few simple steps – making a family disaster plan, creating an emergency supply kit and staying informed – to help make preparedness and personal responsibility a priority in every community; and

WHEREAS, residents are encouraged to help the elderly and those who cannot help themselves; and

WHEREAS, residents are encouraged to include the safety of their pets and/or livestock in their emergency plans; and

WHEREAS, www.ReadyNC.org and its mobile application are available to help residents with their emergency preparedness plans; and

WHEREAS, the N.C. Department of Public Safety, the N.C. Emergency Management Association, Citizen Corps and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have agreed to recognize September as National Preparedness Month to raise awareness among residents about the importance of being equipped and prepared;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim September 2014, as “NORTH CAROLINA PREPAREDNESS MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-fifth day of August in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

 

               PAT McCRORY

 

  • North Carolina First Lady and the Safe America Foundation stress use of text messaging during emergencies

    August 29, 2014 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. - First Lady Ann McCrory joined the Safe America Foundation today to encourage North Carolinians to “Text First. Talk Second.”™ when letting those closest to them know they are okay after a disaster. 

     

    Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed September as Emergency Preparedness Month, which coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The designation is made each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.  

     

    “This September, I urge North Carolinians to simply text your loved ones during and after a national disaster,” said First Lady Ann McCrory. “Voice calls can sometimes overwhelm provider capacity during a disaster, and it is important that these services are available for our valuable first responders. I would also like to thank First Gentleman of South Carolina, Mike Haley, who is chairman of the Safe America Governors Spouses Preparedness Campaign, for his leadership on this issue,” continued Mrs. McCrory.

     

    During and after weather-related or man-caused emergencies, SMS text messages will go through before a call.  Mobile call volume simply overwhelms provider capacity during these incidents. Preparedness experts universally agree that during an emergency and its immediate aftermath, communicating via SMS text messaging should be your first choice. This is because non-essential calls often shutdown wireless phone service and prevent 911 calls from getting through and emergency personnel being unable to communicate with each other. In fact, just a single one-minute phone call takes up the same bandwidth as 800 short SMS text messages.

     

    “In today’s environment, where emergencies seem to always be around the corner, it’s critical for people to be prepared to stay in touch when phones lines are overtaxed. Texting is a good alternative to voice communications and is 800 times more likely to connect you. That’s why we’ve made it such an important part of our Foundation’s preparedness messaging,” commented Safe America president and CEO, Len Pagano.

     

    Mrs. McCrory’s work in raising awareness on this issue is part of the Safe America Foundation’s First Spouses Campaign – an effort to engage all first spouses in emergency preparedness activities. Championed initially in 2010 by former First Lady of West Virginia Gayle Manchin, the Campaign has since generated support from First Spouses in various states/territories, currently: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Mrs. McCrory joined the Campaign last year.

     

    About the Safe America Foundation

     

    The Safe America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit licensed by the state of Georgia. The foundation partners with corporate, governmental, public and private sector organizations and other nonprofits to improve the safety awareness and preparedness of Americans nationwide. 

     

    For more information please contact Len Pagano, (len.pagano@safeamerica.org), via phone (770) 973-7233. 

     

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