It’s now December. Time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Pearl Harbor Day, and another Army-Navy football game. All eyes in Annapolis, Maryland are locked in on the U.S. Naval Academy preparing for the Midshipmen’s mantra, “Beat Army.” Well, not all eyes actually. There’s one lifelong Navy fan focused on something even more important, The Annapolis emergency preparedness plans.
Mike Pantelides is a native of Annapolis. He’s targeting the Annapolis Emergency Preparedness for good reason. As of right now, he is also called Mayor Pantelides. He was just inaugurated earlier today as the new mayor of the city with a population of around 40,000.
There are a number of reasons the Republican doesn’t want to take too many chances after being narrowly elected in a city run by Democrats. The capitol city of Maryland is located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, near the Atlantic Ocean. As a result it has erratic weather patterns. Annapolis is in the path of severe winter snowstorms and in summer is also prime real estate for hurricanes. It sits just 50 feet above sea level. In addition to the security concerns over being home to the U.S. Naval Academy, the city is located less than 30 miles east of Washington, D.C.
Annapolis emergency preparedness is a must.
Over the weekend prior to taking office, the mayor-elect sat down with 14 of the city’s top public safety officials at the Annapolis Emergency Operation Center. Pantelides said the goal of the meeting was for him to understand the city’s emergency response plans, and his role as mayor within them. “This isn’t the type of meeting you can have the first week in office. He said. “I can’t make big decisions without understanding how it all works.”
Reports say the mayor-elect sat quietly as he listened to the emergency response policies and recommendations. Much of it had to do with the city’s snow emergency plans. He did say his transition team was looking closely at public safety and wants to make certain city officials communicate well with residents during any crisis or disaster. “That’s the most important part during any emergency,” said Pantelides,“ making sure people are informed of what we’re doing.”
Mayor Pantelides has told residents not to expect rapid changes as he gets acclimated to new job. He said he doesn’t have any immediate plans to overhaul the emergency procedures of Annapolis. Instead, he wants to focus on how he could possibly improve on them.
Hmmm…Placing importance on the Annapolis emergency preparedness systems seems like it could be more practical than political, even for a politician. Until further review, let’s call the ruling on the field — Touchdown Mayor Pantelides!
By Thomas Baldrick. Connect with me on Google