Mark Howell of NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division recognized for support of emergency management efforts

by | Oct 29, 2014

Mark Howell and Jo Ann Spencer

Mark Howell received the 2014 James F. Buffalo Award for support of emergency management in North Carolina. With him is Jo Ann Spencer, immediate past president of the N.C. Emergency Management Association.

Mark Howell, Western Region emergency programs specialist with NCDA&CS, was honored with the 2014 James F. Buffalo Award at the North Carolina Emergency Management Association’s fall conference this month.

The association presents the James F. Buffalo Award “to the person outside of the Emergency Management family who has exhibited outstanding support and leadership to emergency management agencies” in the state.

Howell has worked for NCDA&CS for more than 27 years, including the past 10 with the Emergency Programs Division. He has continually worked to support emergency management efforts by assisting in training, participating in state Emergency Operations Center activations, facilitating meetings, participating on committees and task forces, and delivering various types of training to multiple entities and counties across the state. The award was approved by committee members in the Emergency Management Association.

Voting members made the following remarks about Howell: “Always willing to help, sees the job all the way through and never passes the buck,” and “He participates in training and exercises of all types and demonstrates ‘All Hazards’ thinking in his work, whether it is giving (Incident Command System) training, hazardous materials response training, shelter exercises, (Continuity of Operations) planning and even an earthquake exercise. His attention to detail, integrity and respect in his dealings with Emergency Management make him an asset to our profession.”