Brunswick County Commissioners lead key roles on NCACC 100 Counties Prepared Task Force, initiative
Wake County, N.C. – Amid the peak of the Atlantic Basin’s 2021 hurricane season, NCACC President Frank Williams announced the following appointments to the 100 Counties Prepared Task Force, which will guide his year-long initiative to equip county commissioners with resources and tools to lead effectively during emergency situations.
“I’m grateful that such a diverse group of county leaders representing every corner of North Carolina has agreed to serve on the 100 Counties Prepared Task Force, which is led by a pair of highly capable Co-Chairs. I look forward to working with the task force to build a culture of preparedness in all 100 counties. My vision is for every county commissioner to have access to the information and resources they need to be better prepared to lead when an emergency comes their way,” said NCACC President Frank Williams.
The 100 Counties Prepared Task Force is charged with exploring a variety of disaster-related focus areas including crisis communications and partnership engagement and improving access to preparedness training and education resources for county commissioners. The Task Force will be led by two Co-Chairs, Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner, and Randy Thompson, Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.
Randell “Randy” Thompson is in his second term as a Brunswick County Commissioner and currently serves as the board’s chair. Prior to his election, Thompson worked as Brunswick County’s Emergency Services Director from 2000 until 2009. He has served on the NCACC Board of Directors for the last three years, formerly as Chair of the Environment Steering Committee. He also represents NCACC on the North Carolina Department of Insurance Fire & Rescue Commission Member and has served as Subcommittee Vice Chair for Homeland Security for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice & Public Safety Committee. He previously served on the NACo Board of Directors as an affiliate member representing the International Association of Emergency Managers and is a past president of the North Carolina Association of Emergency Managers.
“I’m honored to help lead this important initiative to help equip North Carolina’s elected county commissioners to lead more effectively when the citizens they represent have been affected by a natural disaster or other emergency,” said Thompson.
The full 100 Counties Prepared Task Force includes the following members:
- Kay Cashion, Task Force Co-Chair, Guilford County Commissioner
- Randy Thompson, Task Force Co-Chair, Brunswick County Commissioner
- Glenn Adams, Cumberland County Commissioner
- Kitty Barnes, Catawba County Commissioner
- Kevin Gordon, Cleveland County Commissioner
- Maria Cervania, Wake County Commissioner
- Hope Haywood, Randolph County Commissioner
- Ann Keyes, Washington County Commissioner
- Teresa McCall, Transylvania County Commissioner
- Linda Rouse Sutton, Lenoir County Commissioner
- Gordon Wilder, Vance County Commissioner
- Kris Noble, Hyde County Manager
- Marche Pittman, Polk County Manager
- Robin Caldwell, Cherokee County Emergency Services Director and President of the North Carolina Emergency Management Association
100 Counties Prepared aims to assist county commissioners in providing residents with accurate and authoritative information about critical local response and recovery activities such as debris removal, road reopening, and more. It will also focus on helping counties engage with key emergency management partners to foster strategic relationships. 100 Counties Prepared encompasses the full spectrum of emergencies that can occur anywhere in the state, including mudslides, earthquakes, tornados, flooding, hurricane, and pandemic response.
The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.
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Contact: Lacy Pate, NCACC Public Relations Manager
September 20, 2021