Dare County has announced that Gracia Szczech, the regional administrator for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV, recently selected Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson to serve on the region’s Regional Advisory Council (RAC).
The RAC is tasked with advising the regional administrator on numerous emergency management issues, such as identifying impediments to effective preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts by sharing weaknesses while offering advice on how to implement improvements.
Pearson will bring a local government perspective as one of 12 RAC members from Region IV, which comprises North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, as well as six federally recognized tribal nations.
RAC members are selected from a variety of disciplines, including emergency management, public health, emergency medical services, healthcare, law enforcement, fire, floodplain management and volunteer organizations active in disasters.
FEMA selects RAC members based on their leadership attributes, emergency management experience and expert knowledge in their individual discipline.
During their two-year term, members are tasked to bring their knowledge of their discipline, experiences and diversity of views to the council as they offer sage advice on ways to achieve FEMA’s mission of assisting people before, during and after disasters occur.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve the region—and, most importantly, Dare County—as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee,” said Pearson. “I look forward to joining a dedicated group of seasoned professionals as we provide advice to help enhance FEMA service delivery before, during and after a disaster, leading to a more resilient region and community here in Dare County.”