Public Safety

  • 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. 

     

  • August 26, 2014 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory is using this year’s noteworthy anniversaries of Hurricanes Hazel, Hugo, Floyd, Frances and Ivan to encourage North Carolina families, businesses and schools to make a plan, get a kit and stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

     

    “North Carolina has faced severe winter weather, devastating tornadoes and the earliest hurricane on record this year,” Governor McCrory said. “While it appears Hurricane Cristobal will not have a direct impact on North Carolina, it is an important reminder we must be ready at any moment. North Carolina’s beaches are open for business this Labor Day holiday and I encourage people to enjoy the wonderful attractions our state has to offer."

     

    North Carolina has experienced the gamut of severe weather. The year started with four winter weather storms that pummeled much of the state with snow or ice. In April, nine tornadoes touched down in eastern North Carolina, impacting nine counties. One person died, 28 were injured and more than 300 homes were damaged. The same weather system dumped hail and rain over much of central and eastern North Carolina. 

     

    Hurricane Arthur, the latest system to impact the state, was the earliest hurricane on record, coming ashore right before the July 4 holiday weekend. Although the storm produced heavy rains and strong winds, it caused minimal impact to the state’s beaches. 

     

    Last year alone, the state experienced 10 tornadoes, 464 severe thunderstorms, 81 hail storms where the hail was at least one inch, and 150 incidents of flash flooding.   

     

    The governor 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.  

     

    From the mountains to the coast and everywhere in between, the governor urged all levels of the community to be prepared. He said the easiest, most economical way people can protect their families and businesses is to plan ahead, gather those supplies and discuss their emergency plans.

     

    “Emergency preparedness should be at the forefront of citizens’ minds, especially during peak hurricane season,” Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry said. “Schools, businesses, cities, counties and state agencies should routinely test and exercise their response plans. Being prepared before a disaster helps save lives and makes recovering from a disaster easier. Whether it is a flash flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, snow storm or even chemical spill, it is vital that all North Carolinians know what to do and where to go when danger threatens.”

     

    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.

     

    Hurricane Floyd remains the state’s most devastating and expensive disaster. Fifty-two deaths were attributed to the storm that submerged 30 downtown areas, damaged 67,000 homes and 60,000 businesses, disabled dozens of water and sewer systems, breached 40 dams, knocked out power to 1.2 million homes and closed 1,500 roads and 23 airports. Estimated damages totaled $6 billion.

     

    Ten years before Hurricane Floyd, Category 4 Hurricane Hugo made landfall north of Charleston then moved northward to Charlotte, where it caused seven deaths and about $1 billion in damage. Twenty-nine counties reported storm-related damage, and Charlotte lost more than 80,000 trees. 

     

    In 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall as a Category 4 storm and was thought to be the most destructive hurricane to hit North Carolina until Hurricane Floyd. It caused major damage to the beaches of New Hanover and Brunswick counties and record rainfall during its 18 hours on land. Nineteen deaths were attributed to the storm which damaged or destroyed 54,000 homes and structures causing $136 million in damage.

     

    “As a state, we have made major strides with regard to planning and preparedness,” said Mike Sprayberry, director of Emergency Management. “We have cultivated stronger partnerships, developed more comprehensive plans and created preparedness tools like the ReadyNC mobile app to help anyone in North Carolina plan, prepare and stay informed. Ultimately, preparedness begins at home, so people need to develop their individual plans and make an emergency supply kit.”     

     

    For more information on how to ensure your family is disaster ready, go to ReadyNC.org or download the free ReadyNC app. The app is available for both iPhone and android devices and features real time weather, traffic and shelter information.

  • State reaches major highway safety milestone

    August 7, 2014 • Public Safety, • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced today that 90.6 percent of drivers and passengers in North Carolina are wearing their seat belts. According to the annual seat belt survey completed in June, North Carolina has now achieved the highest seat belt usage rate in state history.

     

    “As the first state to the launch the 'Click It or Ticket' campaign in 1993, North Carolina has long been recognized as a national leader in highway safety,” said Governor McCrory. “We re-emphasize that role today with the results of this survey, which show that a record number of North Carolina motorists are now making the smart decision to buckle up.”  

     

    The increase in seat belt usage, particularly among passengers, is due in large part to the joint efforts of the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and law enforcement agencies across the state, who partnered throughout the month of May to increase “Click It or Ticket” education and enforcement efforts.

     

    "I’m proud of the ongoing teamwork that has resulted in our state’s highest seat belt usage rate ever,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “More importantly, I am proud of what these numbers mean – that our citizens are making good decisions that result in more lives saved on our highways.  We will continue to work with the public and law enforcement in our goal to reach 100 percent compliance with the law and zero highway deaths.”

     

    The May “Click It or Ticket” campaign was developed using data from last year’s seat belt survey. This data-driven approach ensured that the outreach efforts successfully reached the right people with the right message.

     

    “Last year’s seat belt survey showed us that passengers were buckling up less often than drivers,” said GHSP Director Don Nail. “With our partners in law enforcement and at NCDOT, we focused our public awareness campaign and enforcement efforts to ensure more passengers knew of and complied with the law requiring them to wear their seat belts just like drivers do.”

     

    During the campaign, local law enforcement and the N.C. Highway Patrol increased patrols in the 25 counties with the highest number of unbelted fatalities and citations, and issued citations day and night to drivers and passengers who were not buckled up.

     

    NCDOT launched an extensive statewide public awareness campaign, focusing on unbuckled passengers in May in conjunction with the increased enforcement effort. It included a new public service announcement - “Every Seat. Every Time.” - that reminded motorists that the law requires you to buckle up no matter where you sit. The PSA was tailored to young males 18-34 who the data show are least likely to buckle up in any seat. The “Every Seat. Every Time.” message was also advertised on the radio, at gas stations, in restaurants and bars, and on social media. 

     

    Following the May campaign, North Carolina’s overall seatbelt rate increased 2 percent to 90.6 percent, surpassing 90 percent for the first time. Passenger usage increased 4.8 percent to 89.7 percent, and driver usage increased 1.3 percent to 90.9 percent.

     

    Mecklenburg County had the highest seatbelt usage at 95.6 percent. Franklin County had the lowest seatbelt usage rate at 86.5 percent. 

     

    Female drivers buckled up more often than males (93.1 percent versus 89.2 percent), and young drivers ages 16-24 are buckling up 89.2 percent of the time, compared to 85.5 percent last year.  

     

    The annual seatbelt survey was conducted throughout the month of June at 120 sites in 15 counties across the state. Trained spotters observed driver and front seat passengers of stopped or nearly stopped vehicles. Observation data was collected during rush hours (weekdays between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., or 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.), non-rush hours (weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and on weekends (Saturday or Sunday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.). The Research Triangle Institute certified the survey results last week.  

     

    The Research Triangle Institute selects counties that offer a representative sample of North Carolina, based on a variety of criteria including county size and fatality rate.  

     

    For more information and survey county results, contact NCDOT Marketing Specialist Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665 or visit the GHSP website.

     

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