Honoring Our First Responders and Emergency Management Officialsby Representative Susan W. Brooks
Posted on 2014-01-10
BROOKS of Indiana asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BROOKS of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize
outstanding first responders and emergency management officials
because, when times truly get tough, we rely on them to protect our
loved ones, neighbors, and friends, and we rely on them to save lives.
This past week, a nearly unprecedented wave of frigid temperatures and snow bore down on the Hoosier State. In Madison County, Indiana, windchills plummeted to nearly 40 degrees below zero. In Hamilton County, Indiana, more than a foot of snow made roads unpassable. At one point, there were more than 70,000 power outages in our State, and schools actually still remain closed even today, for the entire week.
Fortunately, Hoosiers were able to rely on a coordinated and effective response from government officials, first responders, utility providers, and volunteers. They relied on our National Guard, which stepped up to assist in clearing roads. They relied on police officers and firefighters, who went door-to-door. They relied on the Red Cross, which set up numerous emergency shelters. In Indianapolis, they relied on the Mayor's Action Center, which took more than 10,000 calls to address their concerns.
It is times like these when we are reminded how much we rely on our emergency management people. We rely on them to be ready, and they always answer the call. For that, we are so grateful.