Office of Emergency Coordinator talks pandemic and other disasters
POCAHONTAS - Randolph County Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Bo Graham was guest speaker at the Sept. 9 Pocahontas Rotary luncheon in which he spoke about his duties and disaster preparedness.
Graham, a local native, has worked in emergency services for 26 years, serving in fire, EMS, and rescue. He has held his position as OEM coordinator the last four years.
“A lot of things have happened in the last four years,” Graham said. “We’ve had several disasters. In the last 14 years, we’ve actually had 14 disasters. Whether it be the flood, the ice storms, tornados... We’ve had our share of disasters and, unfortunately, it’s probably going to continue.”
Graham said the current COVID-19 pandemic is a different type of “disaster” as it’s a public health-related emergency. He said in such a case, the county judge declares a public health emergency on the local level while the governor declares a state emergency and the president a national emergency.
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