County Commissioners Declare State of EmergencyJun 6th, 2013 | By Lynette | Category: Front Page
Three days after most of them had attended the community-wide Hurricane Preparedness Expo at Van H. Priest Auditorium, the Board of County Commissioners and Tom Cisco, Director of Emergency Services convened in a special meeting Thursday afternoon, June 6, to declare a “State of Emergency” for Madison County.
Tropical Storm Andrea, which had been stomping around in the Gulf since Wednesday, causing some problems with heavy rain and tornadoes along the west Coast of Florida, was due to make landfall in Dixie County, almost mirroring the tracks of Tropical Storm Debby last summer.
The Commissioners discussed a few memories of the tornadoes of ’88, which had destroyed the Van H. Priest Auditorium and much of downtown Madison, and that the new auditorium built, where the Hurricane Preparedness Expo had been held, and the irony that the new auditorium built to replace the destroyed one was not storm-safe either.
The commissioners unanimously passed the state of emergency resolution, which will expire after seven days.
“We’re just being a little proactive,” said Cisco afterward. “Trying to save a little time, so I won’t have to call these guys at three in the morning and say ‘hey, we need to meet and declare a state of emergency.’”