State Rep. Garland E. Pierce was appointed this week by House Speaker Thom Tillis to serve as a member of the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to serve as a member of this committee. This appointment will allow me to serve both the House of Representatives and the people of my district who are interested in emergency management changes,” said Rep. Pierce.
The committee is charged with making various changes to the Emergency Management Statutes; and establishing the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee, as recommended by the Senate Select Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Julia Jarema, communications officer with the North Carolina Emergency Management, said this committee will serve as a bridge between local Emergency Management staff and legislators.
“All disasters start and end at the local level,” said Jarema. “If there are things (local Emergency Management) needs that they are not getting, that’s where they need to start.”
The committee is made up of six members from each house, and are appointed to make ongoing recommendations to improve disaster response and recovery.
“They evaluate the state’s emergency response, planning and recovery,” said Jarema. “They monitor resources and general evaluations on public health, natural and man-made disaster response and terrorism response. Our legislative staff will work mostly with the committee.”
Richmond County Emergency Management Director Donna Wright said she is pleased to have a legislative connection specifically tailored to her field.
“Having a local person there will be great,” said Wright. “I look forward to working with Rep. Pierce, and anything he can help us with will certainly be appreciated.”
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.