BOCC recognized employees for Hurricane Dorian efforts

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Cindy Jackson
Reporter
September 21, 2019

 

Commission chambers were filled to capacity with the many employees who helped to keep the residents of Nassau County safe during Hurricane Dorian.

 

Pictured are Fire Chief Brady Ridgon with Emergency Management Director Greg Foster.

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA, COMMENDING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AGENCIES AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THE ASSISTANCE PROVIDED DURING HURRICANE DORIAN.

WHEREAS, Hurricane Dorian developed from a tropical wave in the central Atlantic Ocean on August 24, 2019; and

WHEREAS, Hurricane Dorian intensified into a Category 5 storm on September 1, 2019, putting the entire State of Florida on high alert; and

WHEREAS, employees of the Public Works Department began preparing County facilities, parks and beaches for potential impact, cleaning ditches and culverts in preparation of excess rainfall, and issued more than 50,000 sandbags to Nassau County residents; and

WHEREAS, Nassau County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was fully activated on Monday, September 2, 2019; and

WHEREAS, employees of the County and local municipalities, government agencies and individuals throughout the community reported to the EOC to provide assistance and fill valuable roles in a variety of areas including answering phones, coordinating shelter and transportation, and ensuring the County had the supplies and equipment needed for emergency response; and

WHEREAS, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, Hurricane Dorian passed Nassau County in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 100 miles offshore as a Category 2 storm; and
WHEREAS, Nassau County experienced winds up to 40 miles per hour, three to four inches of rain, and a storm tide of up to two feet above ground level; and

WHEREAS, while Nassau County was spared of any major damage, the Board of County Commissioners is grateful to all those who assisted before, during and after the storm;

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NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, 2019, that:
The Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, does hereby publicly thank and commend county and municipal staff, governmental agencies, and individuals who responded and provided immeasurable assistance during Hurricane Dorian.

Editor’s Note: Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Cindy received her BA in Political Science from Dickinson College. Upon graduation, Cindy began her career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and director. She later became a part of the public relations and lobbying team of the American Iron and Steel Institute and served as director of the office of state legislative affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Cindy was involved in economic development with the state of Maryland, and served as executive director of Leadership Washington County. As a community volunteer, Cindy participates in numerous volunteer activities serving as a member of Sunrise Rotary, and as board member of Cummer Amelia Board of Directors.

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