100 Counties Prepared
On August 14, 2021, Brunswick County Commissioner and newly installed N.C. Association of County Commissioners President Frank Williams announced his presidential initiative, 100 Counties Prepared. The initiative was borne out of his experience serving as Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during Hurricanes Florence, Dorian, and Isaias, through which he observed a lack of emergency preparedness training suitable for elected officials. He appointed a statewide task force that worked with NCACC staff to develop a full day of emergency preparedness training for elected officials.
Sixty-one county officials from across North Carolina completed the inaugural 100 Counties Prepared Emergency Preparedness Training for County Commissioners, which was held in conjunction with the 115th Annual NCACC Conference in Cabarrus County on August 11, 2022.
On May 31, 2023, the NCACC partnered with N.C. Emergency Management and Duke Energy to hold another 100 Counties Prepared training. The training, which was held at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, attracted 43 people from 25 counties. Additionally, NCACC Executive Director and Commissioner Williams presented N.C. Emergency Management Director Will Ray with a 100 Counties Prepared sign that will be displayed in the N.C. Emergency Operations Center.
The N.C. Association of County Commissioners recently launched a new video series, County Lines, that spotlights the various functions of county government. The third video in the series (below) provides a high-level overview of North Carolina Counties' role in emergency preparedness and management.