Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney was just recently elected as the Second Vice President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.  So, what exactly does that mean, and what are some of the things they do?  Responding to Hurricane Florence helps to provide one of the answers.  It is part of Sheriff Mahoney’s responsibility to help manage the NC Sheriffs’ Association, which provide Transylvania County with a tremendous amount of influence throughout the state.

On Tuesday, September 11th, the President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA), activated the Association’s Statewide Disaster Assistance Network.  The Network provides needed assistance to sheriffs’ offices within the Hurricane Florence disaster area by sheriffs’ offices that are located outside the disaster area. 

As of Friday, September 14, 2018, the Network had available over 300 deputies, detention officers and telecommunicators from across the State ready to deploy.  Additional sheriffs’ office personnel will be made available if needed. 

In addition to personnel, available equipment on stand-by includes several mobile command centers, armored rescue vehicles, boats, swift water rescue teams, rafts, generators, transport vans, 4x4 vehicles, Humvees, and various other equipment.  County jail bed space has been secured by sheriffs outside the disaster area to accommodate jail inmates from any jail within the disaster area. 
The network is being managed by staff of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, in cooperation with staff of North Carolina Emergency Management, NC Department of Public Safety, located in the State’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 

So far, Transylvania County has sent 2 teams of 4 officers to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in Wilmington to assist them in detention operations.  Many of their officers have not been able to go home because they have no home to go to anymore.  The relief provided by our officers has been met with gratitude as it has given a much needed brake to their staff.  We are glad to do it!  This is just a small way we can help.  And of course, NC Emergency Management and FEMA are reimbursing all costs associated with providing these officers to our fellow sheriffs.

Source: NC Sheriffs’ Association