Monday, December 10, 2007

Everett seeks emergency response plan

EVERETT - In the early hours after last week's predawn trucking disaster, city officials, volunteers, and neighbors came together to cook for and clothe 47 newly homeless people and dozens of temporary evacuees. But the helpers had no script to work from, and there was plenty of confusion and duplication, Mayor John F. Hanlon said yesterday.

"There was too many people taking over and too many people all trying to do the same exact thing," Hanlon said.

Everyone who needed help received it in the end, but Hanlon said that city officials will meet this afternoon to dissect their response and draft an emergency response plan for future large-scale events.

Yeah, might be nice to be prepared for this sort of thing. 21 cars and two apartment buildings were destroyed. God be with all affected by this event.

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