Public Safety

  • January 13, 2015 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. -  With most of North Carolina under a winter weather advisory or winter storm watch, Governor McCrory and public safety and transportation officials are encouraging residents to prepare for the impending severe weather.


    “It is important for everyone to use caution when traveling over the next 24 hours,” said Governor McCrory. “Road conditions could prove difficult and we highly recommend not to take any risks. Safety is our number one concern.”  

    Weather forecasters have issued a winter storm warning calling for freezing rain, sleet and up to ¼ inch of ice for much of central North Carolina from the Virginia border counties to the Triangle and Fayetteville and over to Interstate 95. Most of the coastal plain, Triad and foothills are under a Winter Weather Advisory and could see freezing rain and sleet with ice amounts ranging from a trace to .10 inches. Freezing rain is expected overnight and into Wednesday for the greater Charlotte area and southern counties. 


    Governor McCrory urged residents and visitors of North Carolina to be prepared and use caution when driving over the next 24 hours due to predicted adverse weather conditions. To check road conditions, travelers are asked visit the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System at or call 511. That leaves the 911 lines clear for emergency calls. 


    The latest weather and road conditions can be found via the ReadyNC mobile app available free for iPhones and Android phones. For more information about storm response and recovery efforts, visit or follow NCEmergency on Facebook and Twitter. 


  • January 9, 2015 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed January 9, 2015 "National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" in North Carolina. The National Fraternal Order of Police and C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) have designated January 9th as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.


    "Regardless of the dangers, thousands of uniformed officers across our state put on a badge and go to work to protect the people of this great state," Governor McCrory said. "Law enforcement agencies are essential in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of our state. I encourage everyone to take time to thank law enforcement officials and recognize the sacrifices they make daily for our safety.” 


    Forty-four North Carolina law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past 10 years. More than 24,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted in the line of duty during the 10-year period 2004 to 2013.


    Read the proclamation here.



January 9, 2015Personnel, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, the National Fraternal Order of Police and C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) have designated January 9th as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day; and


WHEREAS, North Carolina recognizes the potentially dangerous situations law enforcement officers in this state face every day; and


WHEREAS, 44 North Carolina law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the past decade; and


WHEREAS, 24,521 law enforcement officers were assaulted in the line of duty either by individuals with firearms, knives, fists or other weapons during the ten-year period 2004 through 2013; and


WHEREAS, regardless of the dangers, thousands of uniformed officers across our state put on a badge and go to work; and


WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies are essential in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of our state; and


WHEREAS, many law enforcement officers view their work as a calling; and


WHEREAS, law enforcement officers must be professional, courteous and caring, yet ready to protect the public at all times, sometimes even making life and death decisions in a moment’s notice; and


WHEREAS, the public depends on law enforcement officers as first responders when in trouble and as important community partners in raising awareness, working with schools, mentoring and contributing to other vital roles of law enforcement; and


WHEREAS, North Carolina citizens recognize and appreciate the sacrifices being made by our law enforcement officers and their families;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim January 9, 2015, as “LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION 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 eighth day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.           




PAT McCRORY                                                                                                                                                                      


  • December 3, 2014 • Ethics and Accountability, • Healthcare, • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has joined the Texas Attorney General, now governor-elect, along with other governors and attorneys general in a lawsuit that challenges President Barack Obama’s expansion of presidential power by unilaterally changing immigration law through executive action.


    In November, President Obama bypassed Congress and legalized the presence of approximately five million immigrants who entered the United States illegally. This is approximately 40 percent of the estimated undocumented immigrant population in the United States. 


    “The president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution and his unilateral expansion of power must be challenged,” Governor McCrory said. “In North Carolina, the 10th most populous state, the president’s actions are likely to put even more financial strain on our state's government services.  It’s disappointing that the president has shown little regard for states which must shoulder the costs of his actions.”  


    The legal challenge asserts the president violated the Take Care Clause (Article II, Section 3, Clause 5) of the U.S. Constitution which states the president must take care that the laws passed by Congress are faithfully executed.  The lawsuit maintains President Obama rewrote immigration law under the guise of executive discretion. The lawsuit also notes that the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 4) gives Congress - not the President - the power to establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization. 


    The lawsuit also contends the Obama Administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) by issuing guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that is essentially a legislative rule because it creates new federal rights, duties and obligations and has the effect of law. The APA states that such rules must be publicly noticed, made available for public comment and be subject to judicial review. 


    “This lawsuit is about upholding the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law which is why North Carolina must join with its fellow states to stop this expansion of  presidential power," continued Governor  McCrory.

  • December 3, 2014 • Ethics and Accountability, • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory urged parents and adults to talk to young people about the dangers of underage drinking during the launch of the “Talk- It-Out” campaign which was held today at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh. 


    We must change the culture that treats underage drinking as a rite of passage or considers it less dangerous than drug abuse,” said Governor McCrory. “The reality is more teens die as a result of alcohol use than all other illicit drugs combined. Targeting our efforts toward the younger population will hopefully help stop substance abuse before it starts.” 


    Combating substance and alcohol abuse in North Carolina was a major commitment Governor McCrory made in his 2013 State of the State address. The “Talk-It Out” campaign is the second major alcohol abuse prevention program developed by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, chaired by former Lieutenant Governor Jim Gardner, to combat alcohol abuse among young people. Earlier this year, Governor McCrory signed an executive order creating a multi-agency task force aimed at reducing substance abuse and underage drinking. He signed the order at East Carolina University, one of six University of North Carolina (UNC) campuses that will take part in a pilot program that will emphasize prevention and treatment. 


    Chairman Gardner also unveiled research done by the ABC Commission titled “The State of Underage Drinking in North Carolina.” Governor McCrory shared some of the study’s findings with students, parents, faculty and PTA members gathered at Daniels Middle School. The findings include:  

    • More kids try alcohol for the first time in middle school than try it first in high school.  
    • 38 percent of eighth graders have had alcohol at least once. 
    • 5.7 percent of 7th - graders and 12.4 percent of 8th - graders reported binge drinking… that’s 5 or more drinks at one sitting… during the past 30 days. 


    However, Governor McCrory also noted that students told researchers that the problem would be lessened if parents spoke more often to their children about the hazards of underage drinking. 


    The governor told parents that it would take a series of conversations with their children to stop alcohol abuse before it happens, but said the results are well worth the effort. Research shows that a child who gets to age 21 without abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so during their lifetime. 


    To help parents talk to their children about underage drinking Governor McCrory and ABC Commission have placed numerous resources on the web at  


    “It’s time to start the conversation to stop underage drinking,” Governor McCrory said. 


  • 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


    Click here for a copy of the governor's 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


    Click here to download a copy of the 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.








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    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. 

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