BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution proclaiming September 2021 as Preparedness Month in Brunswick County at its September 7, 2021 meeting. The resolution was adopted in recognition of September being National Preparedness Month and in support of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners’ 100 Counties Prepared initiative.
“This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month, ‘Prepare to Protect; preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love’, sums up the importance of every family taking steps to prepare before an emergency happens,” Chairman Randy Thompson said. “We encourage every household to develop an emergency plan, communicate that plan to all members of the household, and develop an emergency kit. We are approaching the peak of hurricane season, and the key is to be prepared to protect the ones you love before an event happens.”
The peak period of hurricane season is historically mid-August through October, and Sept. 10 marks the peak of hurricane season.
Brunswick County has been affected by a number of disasters and emergencies in recent years, including Hurricanes Florence, Dorian and Isaias, and the tornado that affected Ocean Ridge and nearby communities. Counties throughout North Carolina have been affected by a variety of emergencies, including mudslides, wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, and the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the State of North Carolina experienced 48 tornado touchdowns, 247 flood incidents, and 609 severe thunderstorms with damaging wind and hail, all of which resulted in more than $27.5 million in damages statewide.
Frank Williams, President of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) and a Brunswick County Commissioner, announced the 100 Counties Prepared presidential initiative during the NCACC annual conference on Aug. 14 in New Hanover County. The 100 Counties Prepared initiative is focused on helping county commissioners lead more effectively in emergency situations by developing training and educational programs, compiling resources, and fostering strategic relationships with key emergency management partners. For more information about the initiative, visit 100countiesprepared.com.
“The 100 Counties Prepared initiative aims to help every commissioner in every county be better prepared to lead when an emergency happens,” Williams said. “I greatly appreciate the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners adopting this resolution and communicating the importance of preparedness to the citizens they serve.”
The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. Founded in 1908, the Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of lobbying, fiscal and legal research, communications, intergovernmental relations, information technology, field visits and risk management services. For more information visit ncacc.org.