Saturday, September 30, 2017

Will Hurricane Irma Strike Mayor Vaughan? Updated!

Some of you might remember that in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri lootings, arson, vandalism, shots fired at firemen and violent clashes between protestors and police in 2014 a panicked Greensboro City Council voted to remove emergency management powers from the long established Guilford County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Because of this Guilford County no longer has a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Don't believe me? Follow the links.

No, Greensboro has no such plan either.

The Summerfield Town Council adopted this now non existent Guilford County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by North Carolina State Law. So did Jamestown.

So did every other municipality in Guilford County.

But what's the use in adopting any emergency management plan that doesn't exist? You see, the rest of Guilford County depends on Greensboro and when Greensboro fails the entire county fails. The entire Piedmont Triad fails.

You see, with the exception of High Point, those other communities don't have hospitals. Most don't have police departments. The Guilford County Sheriff's Department and 911 facilities are headquartered in Greensboro. Everything that makes emergency management work county wide is centered in Greensboro even if it is county owned. And without one central command it becomes impossible to make it all work.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Barakat Vaughan and the Greensboro City Council allowed their racist fears to over rule common sense so instead of leaving emergency management to trained and competent personnel, the small thinking Greensboro City Council voted to wrest control away from the people trained to do the job, and give it to a petrified mayor with zero training in emergency management.

And 3 years later with Hurricane Irma bearing down upon us as a real potential threat, the entirety of Greensboro and Guilford County no longer has an Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 Thank you Mayor Vaughan. Thank you Greensboro City Council. Thank you all. Thank you in advance for failing us in our times of need.

Update: September 30, 2017: Below is a letter from Donald L. Campbell, CEM, Emergency Management Division Director, Guilford County Emergency Services explaining the issue. Click on the images to enlarge:

Looks like I made a mistake. Thankfully the only mistake that was made at the County level was failing to put the 2015 Guilford County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

online until my mistake caused me to discover their mistake. Mistakes happen when you actually do work. Anyway, it's there now, just click on the link to view it.

My thanks to all the people of various Guilford County communities who helped to make this happen.

Update 2: April 28, 2015 In the wake of the April 15 Tornado that devastated much of East Greensboro the plan has yet to be put online, no one from FEMA has arrived, no one from the City of Greensboro has taken charge, and we don't yet know what is going on.

Looks like they played us again.