News Briefs December 12, 2013

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:10 PM.

At least 30 students must enroll for FEMA to bring the instructors from Texas here to teach the class so sign up early. The Wide Area Search course is grant-funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The course is provided on-site for eligible jurisdictions throughout the United States.

The course is applicable to jurisdictions that would need to conduct wide area searches due to a natural disaster or terrorist incident. Participants will learn practical search methods and skills in order to perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The course concludes with a tabletop exercise that requires participants to utilize the previous two days of instruction. The curriculum of this course is based on lessons learned from search operations in support of the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Dolly, Ike and other wide area search incidents.


Fowler donates Bald Point lot

On Tuesday morning, the county commission voted unanimously to action to accept a donation by Florence Fowler of her lot on Bald Point, known as Penn Point Unit 7, Lot 32.

County Planner Alan Pierce said he had inspected the property, which is seaward of the state coastal control line. Fowler is unable to get a permit from the state to stop the erosion on the property so she donated it rather than continue to pay taxes on a lot she cannot use. Commissioner Cheryl Sanders instructed Pierce to write Fowler a letter thanking her for the donation.


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