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DENR and Emergency Management Partner On New Web Tool Focused On Dam Failings PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Dam owners and emergency officials will have an easier time of sharing information, should a dam fail in North Carolina now that two state agencies have created a web-based tool that enables people to submit and update emergency plans for high and intermediate hazard dams.

The web-based planning application and template enables dam owners to more easily meet a key requirement of the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. The law requires that people submit by March 1, 2015 emergency action plans for high and intermediate hazard dams to the state departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Public Safety.

Frank L. Perry, secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, said in a statement that the state Division of Emergency Management began work on the development tool several years ago after a county emergency manager requested the state’s help in developing a better, more efficient emergency action plan for dams statewide. The agency partnered with DENR to develop a new, web-based tool that would be based on a similar template plan developed earlier for licensed care facilities.

The web-based tool will create an affordable, secure, statewide repository for emergency action plans that can be accessed at any time by local and state emergency management personnel and dam safety engineers in the event of a dam leak or failure. An emergency action plan for a dam includes information that identifies emergency procedures if a dam leaks or fails and downstream hazard maps to help local emergency officials develop evacuation plans if they are necessary.

 
New Appointments To Two State Agricultural Boards PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 05:55

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Two North Carolinians will be taking seats on two of the state's boards that work in the agricultural arena.

Stuart Pierce of Hertford County has been appointed to the Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Pierce is the president of Stuart Pierce Farms Inc.

The committee advises the Commissioner of Agriculture in his role administering the Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Pierce will serve at the pleasure of Gov. Pat McCrory rather than a specificed term.

Wake County resident Matt Kirkpatrick has been appointed to the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority. He is the owner of Reliant Partners LLC, a real estate development and investment firm in Raleigh.

‚ÄčThe authority is empowered to alleviate the severe shortage of capital and credit available at affordable interest rates for investment in agriculture and for export of agricultural products, commodities and services by providing such capital and credit at interest rates within the financial means of persons and businesses engaged in agriculture and agricultural exports.

Kirkpatrick's term is for three years.

 
State Highway Patrol Joins Multi-State I-40 Challenge Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country in an effort to prevent fatal collisions along I-40.

The I-40 Challenge campaign will focus special attention to the I-40 corridor and other interstate highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the Highway Patrol.

Participating states include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.  

The philosophy entitled “Vision Zero” is being used by all agencies on the state and local level.  The State Highway Patrol will be targeting several violations to include speeding, distracted driving, seat belt use, following too closely, and driving while impaired.  

Increased patrols will be used during this initiative by placing a trooper every 20 miles throughout the 420 mile stretch of I-40 during the most heavily traveled periods of the holiday weekend.  The campaign will be conducted on Wednesday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  
 
Along with the I-40 Challenge, the State Highway Patrol will also focus on secondary roadways as a part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Checkpoints and saturation patrols will provide a high visibility of law enforcement in hopes to prevent motor vehicle collisions from occurring.  

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday season, the State Highway Patrol investigated 10 fatal collisions, 248 injury collisions, and 980 property damage collisions. 

 
National Transportation Convention Lands In Charlotte, Features Gov. McCrory and Secretary Tata PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2014 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nearly 700 transportation executives from around the country gathered in Charlotte over the weekend for the annual convention of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Gov. Pat McCrory talked with the group about North Carolina's transportation reforms, including the strategic mobility formula and laying out a 25-year vision for transportation as part of the organization's annual look at industry innovation and trends.

"Under the leadership of Secretary Tata and along with the Legislature, we have implemented sweeping reforms in transportation aimed at boosting safety, alleviating congestion and spurring economic development," the governor said. "By sharing best practices we have implemented in our state and learning from those around the country, we can continue pursuing transportation initiatives that will benefit North Carolina for generations."

Secretary Tata was on hand as well.

 
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