Coates Connection Fall 2011/Winter2012

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S c h o o l o f G o v e r n m e n t , U N C - C h a p e l H i l l F rom Manteo to Murphy, North Carolina stretches 560 miles!the widest state east of the Mississippi. Our diverse regions can experience a great variety of weather conditions. Natural disasters such as this year's ice storms, tornadoes, hurricane, and "ooding create chaos and exact a heavy toll on lives and the economy. Government's role in disaster management is to provide a central, coordinated plan of action to address damage caused by such an event and a#end to the needs of the people a$ected. Local governments have become adept at recognizing the most e$ective resources to employ before, during, and a%er an emergency. One resource is the School of Government. During the recent visit of Hurricane Irene, faculty member Norma Houston found herself once again in the Dare County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Houston had formerly served as Dare County a#orney and is an expert in emergency management law. With the help of two Carolina MPA students, Houston helped to coordinate assistance and resources for the region. Local governments encounter many &scal challenges both during and a%er a weather event, including ensuring continuity of payroll and accounts payable functions, recordkeeping that is necessary for both insurance and FEMA purposes, and physical safeguarding of paper and digital records. Faculty member Greg Allison routinely advises local governments on proper practices during disasters. His experience as a former &nance o'cial and an expert in local government accounting and reporting requirements is invaluable when o'cials are suddenly faced with these issues. Advance planning will go a long way toward recovery, no ma!er the type of disaster. School of Government faculty members are here to help when you need it. Please refer to the Emergency and Disaster Assistance reference list on the following page for more information.. C oates C onnection F A L L 2 0 1 1 / W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT A vehicle avoids a downed utility pole as Hurricane Irene hits Greenville on Aug. 27, 2011. PHOTO BY CHRIS SEWARD FOR THE NEWS & OBSERVER

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