Source: Charlotte Observer

Mike Sprayberry has served as the emergency director for North Carolina for nearly a decade. As emergency management director, Sprayberry has been part of the near-daily updates of North Carolina’s coronavirus response. According to the Charlotte Observer’s profile of Sprayberry, he’s a 65-year-old former National Guard officer and Marine. Colleagues describe him as a natural leader and possessing natural empathy.

“I’ve always found Mike Sprayberry to be a humble diplomat by nature,” Brock Long told the paper. Long is an N.C. native who formerly headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “He is a top-notch emergency manager. He never overreacts to bad news and . . . takes ownership of the job that he’s been appointed to do.”

Sprayberry is a North Carolina native, attending high school in Charlotte and graduating from UNC Charlotte.

“He is one of the most experienced emergency management directors in the country,” Trina Sheets said. Sheets serves as executive director of the National Emergency Management Association. “He is also one of the most respected emergency management professionals in the nation.”

Though the current crisis of coronavirus has yet to abide, Sprayberry is already gearing up for what they expect to be a heavy hurricane season.

“Statistics will bear out that disasters are more frequent and I do think they’re becoming more severe,” says Sprayberry. “We are preparing for whatever’s over the hill to make sure we’re not only prepared but to increase our capacity. One of the things we never want to subject ourselves to is complacency.”

Sprayberry says that the counties are the first line of defense in the fight against coronavirus. According to the Charlotte Observer, his emails include the question: “What have you done for your counties today?”

Read the full profile of Sprayberry in the Charlotte Observer.