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Orange County Approves New Emergency Management Position

Posted October 4, 2001 1:01 a.m. EDT

— Recognizing the need for increased attention to public safety, the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved a new position responsible for developing, coordinating and maintaining county plans for disaster situations.

The Emergency Management Specialist will enhance ongoing efforts to coordinate emergency planning and response between the county, municipalities, school systems, volunteer agencies and public utility companies.

Commissioners first discussed creating the position during budget work sessions in May and June 2001. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, the board decided to move aggressively to enhance local governmental planning for emergencies, including domestic and foreign terrorism.