Overall, the Division of Emergency Management is responsible for the governmental function that coordinates and integrates all activities to build, sustain and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from or mitigate against threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other manmade disasters.
Categorically, the Division is responsible for:
- Coordination of community partners in identifying ways to effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from significant events
- Operating the Emergency Operations Center
- Coordinating the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
- Overseeing the Harris Nuclear Power Plant program
- Responding to emergencies on a 24/7 basis
- Exploring and implementing emergency technology programs
- Situational monitoring for threats and hazards
- Providing leadership for regional systems and programs.
Wake County Emergency Management coordinates disaster response during an emergency from its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). From this one location, staff members are able to coordinate fire, law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel to provide assistance to those parts of our community that need assistance.
During an emergency, the EOC is usually staffed around the clock to provide this coordination and handle various requests for assistance.
To assist citizens during an emergency, a phone bank is set up in the EOC to handle requests for special assistance, receive reports of property damage, power outages and street blockings or closings. If you are in need of assistance with any of these items during an emergency, you should call 919-856-7044.
Wake County Emergency Management, in cooperation with Wake County Human Services and the American Red Cross, opens emergency shelters and reception centers when disasters force citizens to evacuate.
Training for Disaster Response
Wake County provides training and educational programs for emergency response agencies, business and industry, and the general public. These programs, offered through our Emergency Management Division, cover such topics as hazardous materials response, search operations, incident command, radiological events and recovery operations.
Director: Joshua Creighton; 919-856-6485
Hazmat Preparedness: Amy Ikerd; 919-856-6486
Harris Preparedness: Steven Newton; 919-856-5611
Multi-Hazards Planner: Jordan Rink; 919-856-5587
Senior Accounting Technician: Wendi Brusseau; 919-856-6482
Software Developer: Chris Lacasse; 919-856-6763
If you have additional questions about disasters, please contact Wake County Emergency Management at 919-856-6480.