GARLAND — Town officials recently joined a statewide emergency network, which will allow officials to receive help or lend a hand when disaster strikes.
During a Tuesday meeting, Mayor Winifred Murphy presented a proclamation from Gov. Pat McCrory for North Carolina Preparedness Month and participation in the state’s Mutual Aid System. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the system involves sharing equipment and resources during emergency situations.
In emergency situations, Murphy will serve as the primary representative for the town. Mayor Pro-Tem Haywood Johnson and Town Clerk Pamela Cashwell were selected to serve as alternatives if Murphy is unavailable. The commissioners unanimously approved the positions for the Mutual Aid System.
McCrory’s proclamation mentioned several weather incidents throughout North Carolina. Last year, 36 tornadoes, 514 severe thunderstorms 172 hail storms and 50 flood events struck the state. Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina, which made history as the earliest one of its kind. In May Tropical Storm Ana swirled off the coast.
“Every community, business, family and individual in North Carolina must be ready for natural and man-made disasters including tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes and public disturbances that might disrupt normal activities,” McCrory stated in the proclamation.
Also, the resolution also mentioned how residents should develop a family disaster plan, create an emergency supply kit, stay aware and assist the elderly, pets and livestock. Information and tips regarding emergency preparedness plans is available on the North Carolina Emergency Management website at www.ReadyNC.com. The ReadyNC mobile app was recently updated to help residents.
In addition, the commissioners also approved mutual aid assistance agreement for wastewater and water utilities. Through the agreement, Garland is allowed to receive help if there’s a problem with their water systems.
“This is so other towns or municipalities can help us,” Murphy said.
In other business, following a public hearing for Wellhead Protection Plan, Garland Commissioners unanimously approved it during their meeting. The purpose is to make sure water is safe for consumption through a pollution prevention and management program to protect underground sources of drinking water.
As a requirement under the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986, states are required to develop Wellhead protection plans. In North Carolina the plan is intended for municipalities and water suppliers for added protection to reduce contaminants.
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