The current Emergency Management Program was formed on July 1, 2003 through a Guilford County Board of Commissioners budget ordinance ending the previous City/County consolidated Emergency Management Organization. Beginning in July of 2003, Guilford County began building an all hazards, Emergency Management Program by reengaging its partner agencies and utilizing the framework of NFPA 1600 and identified best practices of program management.
Initially the Program was coordinated by two full-time staff members of the Emergency Management Division of Guilford County Emergency Services and a new Emergency Operations Plan and supporting documents were created. Since 2003, the Emergency Management division has grown to five full-time emergency managers and two part time emergency management technicians. These individuals, working for Guilford County, coordinate roughly 120 partner agencies in a comprehensive, all hazards, Emergency Management Program built on best practices and the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) standards.
The Emergency Management Program utilizes a framework of advisory committees, working groups, and partnerships to accomplish the mission of a well-rounded Emergency Management Program.
Vision and Mission
The vision of the Guilford County Emergency Management Program is: A community resilient from all threats and hazards.
The mission of the Guilford County Emergency Management Program is: To promote a whole community that is resilient and sustainable from all threats and hazards. This will be met through a proactive and professional Emergency Management Program that fosters partnerships within the community to create a model of excellence for preventing, protecting against, responding to, mitigating, and recovering from emergencies and disasters.
As professional emergency managers, the Guilford County Emergency Management Staff supports the following position statement on Emergency Management:
Strategic Planning Process
Beginning in the spring of 2015, the Emergency Management program engaged all of its stakeholders in a strategic planning process for the Guilford County Emergency Management Program. This process began with a survey to gather stakeholder thoughts on a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) process for the program. This data was reviewed during two strategic planning retreats to draft a new vision and mission for the Emergency Management Program as well as draft strategic goals and objectives for the Program.
These strategic planning elements were then compiled into a strategic planning document which was sent out for stakeholder review and feedback. The Guilford County Emergency Management Program Strategic Plan covers the timeframe of 2015 – 2018 and will be reviewed yearly by the Emergency Management Advisory Committee.
Emergency Management Staff
Don Campbell, CEM – Emergency Management Division Director
Zach Smith, CEM – Senior Emergency Management Coordinator
Mindy Lepard – Emergency Management Coordinator
Rachel Faucette – Emergency Management Coordinator
Nathan Shaw – Emergency Management Coordinator
Justin Hite – Emergency Management Technician