Cameron Horne is a Master’s student and Emergency Management professional from North Carolina. He currently is working to finish his thesis at the University of South Carolina and working with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division as a Public Assistance Grant Program Specialist. Cam is active in the response and recovery related to South Carolina’s historic flood event associated with Hurricane Joaquin. Cam is a BAF Founding Fellow. Below, he shares the first in a series of reports on his experience in the field:
Since October 1st, 2015, South Carolina has been affected by what likely will be able to go toe-to-toe with Hurricane Hugo and other past events as being billed the worst disaster in South Carolina history. Many rainfall accumulation records were shattered all over the state, rivers are still cresting as water flows from north to south, and dams are a constant issue. There are a host of other cascading effects such as destruction of infrastructure, lost property, and a rising number of unfortunate fatalities. My roles in the disaster response and recovery vary. In response, I have been a member of the supply unit to help coordinate the process of resources going out to support. As the focus shifts towards recovery, I work in Emergency Support Function (ESF) 14 (Recovery) in order to assist with actions and planning related to the recovery process. As recovery becomes more of the dominant focus, I will transition back into my day-to-day role as a Public Assistance Grant Program Specialist.