The focus of the Burn Disaster Program is to prepare North Carolina to handle catastrophic burn events. Work includes developing education and planning processes for burn care at all levels in the state.

The Burn Surge Disaster Program is about identifying your assets and resources, and both quantifying and qualifying your needs. The gap between what you have and what you need is what we must work to address. The key to success is driven by our need to be prepared through planning, and deliberate actions to improve, develop resources and develop a sense of readiness based on the gap analysis.

Personal Preparedness

One of the best ways individuals can ensure they will survive a burn disaster and are able to assist others is to become personally prepared. This means properly planning escape routes, having a stockpile of emergency medical supplies and knowing how to contact emergency personnel. Many of the same tips that are related to being fire-safe also apply to personal preparedness in a burn disaster. To read more safety tips from the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, click here. Or, visit to find advice for becoming personally prepared for emergencies.

Organizational Preparedness

One of the Burn Disaster Program's goals is to prepare and coordinate organizations and groups to respond to crises in a coordinated and effective manner. Protocols and disaster plans have been developed for Emergency Medical Services, Burn Centers, Trauma Centers and Hospitals. To view and download these documents, click here.

Disaster Plans

National Response Framework (NRF)
The National Response Framework presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies. To learn more, visit the NRF Resource Center at:

North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan (NCEOP)
The NCEOP establishes a comprehensive framework of policy and guidance for state and local disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation operations. The plan details capabilities, authorities and responsibilities. The NCEOP is designed for worst case scenarios—to include catastrophic events. To learn more, visit the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety's Web site or click here to download the NCEOP.

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)
WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. To learn more, visit