NC emergency management director selected for National Task Force

Raleigh, NC - From the North Carolina Department of Transportation:

RALEIGH, NC - North Carolina Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell has been appointed as a member of the newly-formed national Preparedness Task Force.

The group is charged with assessing the status of the nation's disaster preparedness and making recommendations to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about ways to build resiliency in communities across the country.

The Task Force is comprised of 35 members of local, state and tribal governments with diverse experience in homeland security and emergency management. The group is expected to work with members of Congress, as well as representatives from the private sector, through a variety of outreach activities.

The group will identify preparedness policies, guidelines and grant programs that should be updated and recommend ways to improve the nation's capability for preparing for disasters. Their recommendations are expected in September.

Hoell has more than 30 years experience in emergency management and was appointed as the state director in 2005. He serves on the boards of the National Emergency Management Association and the State Emergency Response Commission.