Emergency officials develop disaster recovery plan

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - More than 100 emergency service workers from across the state met in Brunswick County to kick off a North Carolina disaster recovery plan.

The state has never had a standardized recovery plan, but Deputy Director of the State's Emergency Management Division Mike Sprayberry said it's time to get one.

"So we can our business back and operating open as quickly as possible," said Sprayberry.  "Get the roads cleared get the infrastructure working again, Get all that stuff working again as quickly as possible."

He said Brunswick County has had 15 state or federally declared disaster over the past 16 years - the most in the state.

Randy Thompson, the director of Brunswick County Emergency Services, said the plan will utilize empty lots and baseball fields, by accommodating people who have lost their homes in a disaster and have no where else to go.

"You'll think, well I've got to place water, sewer, transportation, security," said Thompson.  "How are you going to get permits?  A plan would help with all of that."

Sprayberry said Thompson came up with the idea to develop a state plan.  Thompson said the plan is expected to be ready in six months.

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