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Welcome to the School of Government Emergency Management Law Microsite

The NC Emergency Management microsite provides information for North Carolina emergency managers and those interested in emergency management in North Carolina. The navigation links on the right-hand side of this page will take you to laws and authorities related to emergency management, sample documents such as template state of emergency declarations, legislative updates, School of Government publications, emergency management law blogs, and links to other emergency management resources.

2020 Emergency Management Legislative Summary Now Available

The School of Government's 2020 Legislative Summary of legislation related to emergency management is available on the "Legislative Updates" page of this site (click here)

February Severe Winter Storm

North Carolina received a federal major disaster declaration for the February 2020 severe winter storms. 18 counties are covered under this disaster declaration. For more information, see the NCEM Public Assistance Applicant Briefing presentation slides: PDF icon NCEM PA Applicant Briefing Severe Storms February 2020. More information is available on the NCEM Public Assistance Website.

COVID-19 Information

For information and resources on for local governments on COVID-19, see the SOG's COVID-19 resource site

Disaster Recovery Resources for Local Governments

  • Hurricane Dorian information and still-relevant advisories from Hurricane Florence are available at the Hurricanes Dorian and Florence Information link.
  • SOG faculty with expertise in various subjects related to disaster recovery, click here.
  • Sample documents such as state of emergency declarations and debris removal contracts are available at the "Sample Documents" link.
  • FEMA procurement guidelines and contracting check-list are available at the "Sample Documents" link.
  • FEMA Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) resources (including procurement guidelines, contract provisions, etc.), click here
  • Helping Local Businesses Recover from Disasters (SBTDC and other partner organizations), click here
  • Helping Local Businesses Get Disaster Contracts (SBTDC PTAC assistance), click here
  • NC Association of County Commissioners Hurricane Matthew recovery information, click here
  • NC League of Municipalities Emergency Preparedness resources, click here

Drinking Water Incident Toolkit

The SOG has developed a Drinking Water Incident Toolkit to assist local governments in preparing for and responding to drinking water incidents.  The Toolkit is available for free at


Join the Emergency Management Listserv

In collaboration with the NC Association of Emergency Managers and the NC Division of Emergency Management, the School of Government is pleased to host a listserv to connect our state's emergency management community. Subscribe to the listserve here


Faculty Coordinator

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Lecturer in Public Law and Government
Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles