What a difference 10 years makes. Many will recall the dire straits that Falmouth was in during the ice storm of 1998. I was the deputy chief of EMS. We had no public shelter, no public water supply (established well over a week after the incident), no fuel, no electricity. Our excellent Fire Department handled more than 160 calls for service. EMS, fire and police were constantly checking on folks to make sure they were OK, because of a lack of a shelter.
But because of our new town manager, who understands the core function of government (public safety), and the fact that he went though the storm of ’98 as a town manager in another town, we have established an emergency community shelter at the high school. At this facility you can find a place to sleep, eat, exercise and shower, and friends to talk to – a comforting place to go in an emergency. In addition, most town facilities now have emergency generator power, keeping other functions of government going to serve our citizens. Most importantly, the manager is calling for a post-storm meeting with department heads to review, analyze and identify any areas that we can do better the next time.
I want to extend a big thank you to fire-EMS, police, communications, public works, waste water and Nathan Poore, our forward-looking town manager.