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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2007

CONTACT: Sharron Stewart, acting director
NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division
(919) 807-4307

Howell receives NCDA&CS
employee of the month award

Mark Howell July Employee of the Month
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and Mark Howell
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RALEIGH - Mark Howell of Claremont was recognized as the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Employee of the Month by Commissioner Steve Troxler at a recent meeting in Raleigh. Howell, who works in the Emergency Programs Division, was nominated for his work in training department employees for disaster response through the Incident Command System. This is a standardized organizational response system used by federal, state and local officials to ensure a cohesive interagency response during a crisis.

Howell has worked on many emergencies, including serving as a planner for the recent Castleberry’s canned food recall, was deployed to affected areas after hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia, Jeanne, Ivan and Isabel, and last fall, Howell went to the Republic of Georgia in the former Soviet Union with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help combat avian influenza.

“We are indeed blessed to have someone with Mark’s experience and knowledge on our side to help with the various types of food, animal and weather-related incidents that occur in the agricultural community in our state,” Troxler said. “Mark’s leadership has helped many operations operate smoothly and effectively, and his involvement on the national and international level proves his abilities.”

In his spare time, Howell is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fly fishing and competing in archery tournaments. He and his wife, Samantha, have an 11-year-old daughter, Alexandra.

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