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DEC 2018

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Winning is much more than surviving conflict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Nancy Fatura & team. 44 POLICE DECEMBER 2018 away as New Jersey and New York to assist in rescues. Officers from other jurisdic- tions in North Carolina came to help with police duties. Summers explains that New Bern has mutual aid agreements with other area agencies, but they were dealing with their own hurricane-related issues and could not lend assistance. "We were very fortu- nate that the North Carolina Chiefs As- sociation has a very good network," he says. e officers from other North Caro- lina cities helped New Bern officers patrol, provide security at shelters, enforce the curfew, and guard the barricades that pro- tected flooded communities from looters. EFFECTS ON OFFICERS In both New Bern and Wilmington and in other areas of the North Carolina and South Carolina coast, officers worked while their own homes were damaged by the storm and subsequent flooding. New Bern Chief Summers says about 40% of his force lives in the city, and as much as 10% suffered damage to their cording to Fanta. "One officer was on duty while his house was flooding, and we had to set up a rescue for his family," he says. Wilmington SWAT was able to make that rescue with the assistance of Cajun Nav y volunteers, according to Fanta. Fanta says one of the department's pri- orities during the storm and subsequent flooding was to let the officers go check on their homes. "We knew it was weighing on their minds, so when at all possible we let them go do that." WHAT WORKED Before Florence hit, the Wilmington PD realized that fuel could be an issue. With the power out, the pumps might be dis- abled. Also, there might be a run on fuel by the populous. So the planners took steps to ensure that public safety person- nel had fuel to respond to calls for help af- ter the winds died down. Fanta says the city closed its public safety fuel center days before the storm arrived. Officers were told to fuel at local commercial service stations using city fuel cards. e result was that the city's fuel supply was held in reserve for af- ter the storm. is became critical when flooding cut off fuel resupply to the city. Both the New Bern and Wilmington police took steps to protect their vehicles by moving them to high ground. New Bern officials say they used historic flood- ing records and GIS analysis to determine where to position their vehicles, and they were not damaged by flooding. Mutual aid agreements with the state chiefs association were extremely helpful for the New Bern police. e Wilmington PD could have availed itself of the same assistance, but getting personnel, equip- ment, and supplies into the city was ex- tremely difficult because of flooding on access roads and highways. WHAT DIDN'T WORK e preplanning for such a disaster was lacking in Wilmington, according to Fan- ta. He says he was "surprised" the depart- ment did not have a template for hurri- cane response. Fanta was assigned to help produce a plan as Florence was still far out at sea. He and other officers met daily to assign duties, allocate resources, and es- tablish policies. While Wilmington's fuel allocation TRAIN TO WIN Bring the best in law enforcement training to your agency: CLASSES: The Winning Mind The Winning Mind for Women Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers The Winning Edge (NEW 2-day class) Developing Successful Staff Skills (630) 399-1645 Winning is much more than surviving confl ict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Sgt. Nancy Fatura & team. homes from Florence. Officers who lived outside of the city in rural areas of Craven County also suffered property damage. One officer's home outside of New Bern was destroyed along with all of his pos- sessions, according to Summers. "It was seven or eight days before he could get home to see the damage," the chief says. Wilmington officers were also hit hard by the storm. Several lost their homes, ac- New Bern's Emergency Operations Center. The emergency plan called for moving resources to higher ground. PHOTO: NEW BERN (NC) PD WEATHERING THE STORM

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