Supervisors adopt Local State of Emergency policy

 

GARNER – Hancock County Board of Supervisors adopted a policy that would allow them to declare a local state of emergency under certain situations.

Andy Buffington, Emergency Management Services Coordinator for Hancock County said the policy allows the board chair to very quickly declare a local state of emergency.

The policy presented to the board on Monday says if a county official determines there is reasonable expectation of the probability of loss of life or property, they will confer with their department head, if applicable, as to the nature of the emergency. The department head will contact the EMS Coordinator, who will request a declaration from the board of supervisors chair.

The chairman may do one of the following:

•Refuse to issue a local declaration

•Issue a local declaration by consent

•Issue a local declaration by signature

•Call for an emergency meeting of the Board of Supervisors

If the chairman issues a declaration for a local state of emergency, the full board must consider ratification at their next scheduled meeting. Hancock County Emergency Management will be responsible for coordinating release of information to the public.

“With severe weather season coming up, you just never know,” Buffington said. “I don’t anticipate this being used a lot.”

Read the complete story in the May 8 Leader.