Monday, November 13, 2017 – The North Carolina Office of Emergency Management has sent additional help to Puerto Rico to assist in the ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria that devastated the U.S. Territory on September 20, 2017.
Lee County sent Deputy Fire Marshall Bill Rogers as a member of one of two six person Incident Management Teams that the state deployed to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The team is expected to remain in Puerto Rico for just over two weeks and is scheduled to return in late November after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Mr. Rogers was selected to serve as a Logistics Section Chief while in Puerto Rico drawing on his extensive experience managing emergency response efforts related to high impact storms and events. In addition to his 10 years of service as Deputy Fire Marshall in Lee County, Rogers previously served as Fire Marshall in Stanly County and has played active roles in the response efforts to many of North Carolina’s most memorable high impact storms including Hurricane Fran in 1996.
“During Hurricane Fran, the devastation was widespread and catastrophic,” recalls Rogers, “it was at times overwhelming and we had to rely on the support of others who came to our aid. I am happy to have the opportunity to give back and provide support to others in need now.”
Shane Seagroves, Director of Emergency Services with Lee County agrees with Rogers’ sentiment and also views this time as a hands-on learning experience that will be shared with fellow county employees upon his return. “In Emergency Management we know it is important to support disaster relief efforts of others in need because it may be us that experiences the next severe storm or event,” Seagroves said. “This is not only the right thing to do but it also provides real world experience that is invaluable in emergency response; the lessons and takeaways from Bill’s time in Puerto Rico can be shared with the county team when he returns.”
In addition to Mr. Rogers, the team will include staff from North Carolina Emergency Management, McDowell County Emergency Management, and the Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte Fire Departments. They will work in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) to provide logistical and operational resource management support.
For additional information contact:
Lee County Emergency Services Director