This group has come together as what we are calling the "Emergency Response Planning Team".
In December of 2022 we experienced what was deemed a “once in a generation” Blizzard event that began on Friday, December 23, 2022 and continued through Monday, December 26, 2022. The storm hit with a mix of rain, heavy snow with drifts of 3-4 feet, gusty winds estimated at 70mph on the Island and bitterly cold temperatures. The result of those elements brought white out conditions, extreme snow drifts, road closures including the bridges, all of which made it impossible to travel or for crews to plow and clear roads.
Much was learned from those that worked both boots on the ground and behind the scenes to aid our community. They have continued to meet and use that experience to put into place several practices, procedures and partnerships that will provide quicker and better services for our residents in any type of situation, not just a snow event.
This picture is from a recent meeting where they planned out how to share resources and talents for emergency preparedness. Left to right: David Khreis-GISCD; Justin Bridenbaker, Water; Tom Cecere, Parks; Mark Sadkowski, GIFC; Pete Marston, Deputy Supervisor; Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent; Dr. Brian Graham, GISCD Superintendent; John Whitney, Town Supervisor; Greg Butcher, Emergency Services; Robert Westfall, Town Engineer; Cody Clarke, Water; John Podlucky, Wastewater; Skip Mrkall, Deputy Highway Superintendent; Tom Franz, GIPD(not pictured)