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Granville County Receives a Companion Animal Shelter Trailer

Granville County Emergency Management recently brought home a much-anticipated tool in emergency response and disaster preparedness. As part of a Homeland Security disaster preparedness grant, Granville County was one of seven counties to receive a 24-foot trailer that can be used to shelter animals in a variety of situations. Nash County sponsored the Homeland Security grant for Domestic Preparedness Region 4. The grant allowed Nash County officials to purchase a total of seven trailers. Nash and Granville County’s each received a 24-foot trailer capable of sheltering 43 animals. Northampton, Halifax, Wilson, Franklin, and Warren Counties all received 18-foot trailers capable of sheltering 22 animals.

 

The trailer can also be used by Granville County Animal Management for adoption events. The climate controlled space has room for up to 43 animals, though some kennels are capable of expanding to accomadate larger dogs; this would affect the capacity of the trailer. It is also equipped with a generator, a 30-gallon fresh water tank with hot water heater, a 35-gallon waste water tank, and a stainless steel sink.

 

NC Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshall to Visit Granville County

On Wednesday, September 13th at 10 a.m., NC Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshall, Mike Causey, will be at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford to conduct a Town Hall meeting that will be open to the public. We would like to extend an invitation to each of you to join us for this event. Commissioner Causey will be here to talk about services offered by the NC Department of Insurance. SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) representatives will also be here to talk about Medicare and Extra Help.

 

Refreshments will be served starting at 9:15 a.m., and Commissioner Causey is scheduled to speak at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioner Smith will be introducing Mr. Causey.   If you are planning to attend, please call Granville County Senior Service to register at (919) 693-1930.

 

SHIPP Town Hall Meeting flyer

Government Planning and Natural Disasters

Public Safety Officials plan for emergency and disaster operations to minimize damage to life and property.  That’s their job. But imagine if ALL government functions were wiped out by a natural disaster.  What would happen if a pandemic disease affected over 75% of our county government staff and/or elected officials and they couldn’t report for work?  Could we maintain organization and the quality of our daily lives in the absence of all Public Safety agencies?  Being able to continue the provision of essential government operations in the face of all emergencies and disasters is vital to maintaining civil order and crucial services for our citizens.  

 

Over the last several months, the Granville County Office of Emergency Management has coordinated the creation of a Continuity of Operations Plan, (COOP) and a Continuity of Government (COG) plan.  The focus of these plans is to identify and plan for the Mission Essential Functions of each of the Granville County departments, as well as the lines of succession and governing authorities for our elected bodies.  Through this process, county government officials are prioritizing critical tasks that must remain operational at all times and are planning for sustainability in the face of all hazards.  When completed and adopted by the Board of Commissioners, elements of the COOP/COG will be tested during a facilitated tabletop exercise to ensure that the identified capabilities and processes are credible.  As living documents,  the COOP/COG will be reviewed and tested annually by County Staff and will incorporate any new processes or corrective actions identified during the review. 

 

Granville County is working to enhance the quality of life for its citizens through a responsive, effective and efficient local government!

 

Douglas P. Logan

Emergency Management Director

County of Granville

Post Office Box 598

5662 Cornwall Road

Oxford, NC  27565

(919) 603-1310 Voice

(919) 603-1399 Fax

Student Art Work Featured on Billboards

2017 Recycle More LitterLess winners get billboards in Granville County: 

 

Billboard, Recycling contest winner

Billboard, Recycling contest winner

Hurricane Harvey: How to Help (Disaster Donations)

 

As we watch the devastation happening in the Texas Gulf Coast region as a result of Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are lifted up for the people currently suffering during the storm and the ensuing aftermath of the flood waters.  We also send our prayers of support for the Emergency Responders, Law Enforcement, 911 Telecommunicators, Military and other Volunteers there working tirelessly to provide rescue and relief to those affected.  This situation will be ongoing for many days and weeks to come, and these responders will need our support through prayer and encouragement for some time.

 

When disaster strikes, the best (and sometimes worst) of society typically comes out.  The question is always raised by those of us not affected, “How Can We Help?”  There are many RIGHT ways to provide assistance, and there are many WRONG but WELL-INTENTIONED ways as well.  Often, a well-intentioned but troublesome method of assistance is made when individuals and groups collect goods to send to the devastated area.  Collecting clothing, food, water and other items to send somewhere can be a rewarding experience for local groups.  Truthfully, it seems like the best thing to do, and it does make the giver feel good that they provided something of material value.  But in the end, without a specific request or need from the affected region, the donated goods often go to waste and create an additional burden on local agencies and officials trying to figure out what to do with all this “stuff.”  So many times the donated goods must be discarded due to sanitary issues as well as a lack of ways to distribute them.

 

In general, the RIGHT way to help is to send financial donations to the local, state and national agencies that are well-versed in disaster response.  Organizations such as the NC Baptist Men and Women Disaster Relief Ministry, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, and others have the resources and means to get in there and get quality relief to the victims in a timely manner.  These organizations are highly trained and routinely respond in a moment’s notice with every resource they have.  But those resources cost money to sustain and they are not in a limitless supply.  Your financial donation to them not only helps them respond to the immediate need, but to other disasters in the future.

 

If you feel the need to provide assistance, consider supporting one of these organizations.  There may be other volunteer opportunities in addition to the need for financial assistance.  One resource for more information is the “North Carolina Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster” or NC-VOAD.  Their website is listed here and can give you more information on these organizations as well as how to volunteer your support not only for this disaster but for future disasters.  https://www.ncvoad.org/cms/.  You may also check on other websites for disaster response organizations for information on how to support them as well.  Thank you for your interest and dedication to support our neighbors both near and far!!

 

Thanks,

 

Doug

 

 

 

Douglas P. Logan

Emergency Management Director

County of Granville

Post Office Box 598

5662 Cornwall Road

Oxford, NC  27565

(919) 603-1310 Voice

(919) 603-1399 Fax

 

Image Source: Getty / Scott Olson

Broadband Strategy RFP

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (KTRCOG) seeks the professional services of a qualified consultant to conduct a Community Broadband Assessment and develop a Broadband Infrastructure Strategy for four counties in the Kerr-Tar region of North Carolina.

Click here to review the RFP file.

Severe Thunderstorm Potential Today (August 23)

8/23/2017 @ 9:30AM – The National Weather Service is issuing advisories on the potential for Severe Thunderstorm activity later this afternoon and evening. Please stay informed on the latest forecasts through local television and radio sources.

 

National Weather Service graphic

PUBLIC NOTICE

A quorum of the Granville County Board of Commissioners may be present on Monday, August 28, 2017 for the Vance-Granville Community College August Board Retreat dinner.  The dinner and meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center located at 200 Community College Road, Henderson, NC 27536.   For more information, please contact the County Manager’s Office at 919-693-5240.

                                                                        Debra A. Weary
                                                                        Clerk to the Board

 

Heat Advisory- August 18, 2017

The National Weather Service is issuing advisories for Dangerous Heat today, with heat indices reaching upwards of 103 degrees.  Anyone working outdoors should stay well hydrated and take frequent breaks.  Those with breathing or other medical problems, the elderly, and small children may be most affected by the extremely high humidity and heat associated with the weather patterns for today.  Please make sure your outdoor pets and/or livestock have access to shelter, shade and plenty of fresh water.

 

There is also the potential for Severe Thunderstorms this afternoon including gusty winds and hail.  Please remain aware and be prepared to take emergency actions if required.

 

Douglas P. Logan

Emergency Management Director

County of Granville

Post Office Box 598

5662 Cornwall Road

Oxford, NC  27565

Governor Roy Cooper Visits Revlon in Oxford

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