Emergency Management + Record Rainfall
It's been a while since I've written, and I apologize for that. Summer's can get a little hectic. Unfortunately, I come back to this platform on a sad day. Last night we had record storms hit West Madison, Mazomanie, Cross Plains, Middleton, Black Earth, and more. Over 6,000 residents are still without power. Many are being evacuated from their homes that are now islands without power, clean water, or transportation. Madison lost a community member last night to the powerful running water near Schroeder Rd. County Executive Joe Parisi has declared a county wide state of emergency, and calls are in to the Governor for state and federal aid. In my own day job, working in rural Dane County with farmers and horse owners, we're hearing about a lot of lost resources, some injured animals, and devastated property.
All that said, Dane County Emergency Management, our fire fighters throughout Dane County, the police department, EMS, utilities companies and engineers are all working overtime to get us working again. As we learn more about the scope of the damage and the clean-up efforts, I'll keep you posted (my Facebook page is updated more frequently).
I'd like to give a quick shout-out here to Dane County Emergency Management department. They came and presented at our most recent Public Protection & Judiciary meeting, and it's clear they spend their days anticipating events such as these, and how we can be avoid them, and clean up when they do happen. When the Sun Prairie explosion happened a few weeks ago, EMD had 13 neighbor counties ready to take in patients if our hospitals were overloaded. They recently completed a two year exercise called Dark Skies which alerted them to 2,700 people using life support throughout Dane County, which desperately needs to be accounted for in case of massive utilities failures. In short, the Emergency Management team has helped plan for emergency responses in Dane County for a long time. We are so grateful to them, as well as all of our first responders who work with them.