Written by Opinion Tuesday, November 06, 2012 01:16 pm
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To the editor:
In the last year alone, we have had Hurricane Irene, the derecho, and now Hurricane Sandy. I want to first thank all the first responders who again risked their lives to save lives.
In the small town of Somers Point, our first responders and our Public Works Department, as they did during the derecho and Hurricane Irene, responded when the citizens needed them the most. Clearing the roads of debris or barricading flooded roads, responding to dangerous water rescues, fires, domestic issues, burglar and fire alarms, and other citizen calls for help – all were handled under very difficult conditions. I spent many hours in City Hall with the mayor and other elected officials, seeing and listening to what a great job our departments did. I want to thank Mayor Glasser, the various department heads for their leadership, and every employee and volunteer for putting the citizens of Somers Point first.
I would be remiss if I did not thank others as well: Atlantic City Electric staff and management for their preparedness and timely response not only to Somers Point but the entire southern portion of New Jersey; the coordination and communication with conference calls by Atlantic Electric, Atlantic County OEM, Governor Christie's office and his staff, that kept the elected officials updated on events as they played out; the countless volunteers that manned shelters and organized storm relief assistance programs. Let’s not forget the smaller acts of kindness of neighbors helping neighbors and strangers lending a hand to other strangers in their times of need.
Finally, I believe that what was once a weather phenomenon for this area is unfortunately becoming a weather pattern. We all need to start taking storm warnings more seriously and start preparing for our family’s safety and needs before these events happen. Somers Point elected officials will continue to do the same, meeting regularly with department heads and making every attempt to supply those departments with the necessary equipment and supplies needed to safely respond to our citizens during these events.
Councilman Howard W. Dill