On Sept. 17 the county welcomed its new Emergency Management Director, Corey Roberts of Greensboro, to join the emergency services administration in Troy.
Roberts grew up in Oklahoma and is new to the county but has been living in North Carolina since 1989. He attended Forsyth Tech where he obtained two associates degrees, the first in fire protection and the second in emergency management.
He holds a multitude of certifications including level-two firefighter, intermediate emergency medical technician, rescue specialist and was an instructor in the office of the State Fire Marshal. He has helped prepare training and preparedness programs for fire rescue services in Davidson, Forsyth and Guilford Counties.
Roberts says he chose this line of work because being in public service has always interested him. His goals include further developing the county’s emergency operations plan, implementing and updating emergency information on the montgomerycountync.com Web site and finding new ways to better inform the public about emergency plans and sustainability. He hopes to conduct some public information sharing events in the county as well.
One issue Roberts mentioned he is focusing on is winter weather events. “We want to make sure people know how to be self sufficient for up to 72 hours when power outages occur,” said Roberts. He also noted that local government doesn't always have the sufficient resources needed to jump right in and start helping everyone during a time of need. Instead, they need to prioritize and address those in the most need first, so when people are prepared to be self sufficient, everyone benefits.
Roberts said his transition into the county has been nice. “Everyone here is very hospitable and I had great help from the county commissioners, 911 director and county manager in making the transition.”
In the spring, Roberts will be attending Western Carolina University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in emergency management. He will be pursuing this degree online so he can continue to live and work in Montgomery County.
Roberts has two children, Bailey, 13, and Brittany, 12, who attend Davidson County schools. In his spare time Roberts likes to golf and participate in lake activities including boating and fishing.
If you would like to get in contact with Roberts you can do so by e-mailing him at email@example.com