Have you caught the most recent CityGram? Sent out via email to update Pasadenans about what’s going on, you can read the most recent one on the City of Pasadena Web site. Here’s an excerpt:
Although 2005 will long be remembered for cataclysmic tsunamis, massive fires, record breaking hurricanes and the fears of a global pandemic; it must also be remembered as a year of courage in the face of tragedy, kindness in times of distress and unmatched charitable giving to our fellow man. As a country we moved forward gracefully and as a city we helped establish Pasadena as a model of excellence for communities across the state, proving that we are prepared for whatever the future may hold.
As Mayor Manlove began his second term he outlined an agenda based on successes from his administration’s first four years, setting the tone for the next four years before nearly 700 people at the Pasadena Convention Center. Working from the theme Imagine the Possibilities, Manlove stressed the importance of moving forward with a new vision for the Pasadena community and a new understanding of the city’s potential, always striving to position Pasadena as a model of excellence.
At no time did that image shine brighter than during the two largest natural disasters to hit the Gulf Coast in years. Shortly after the mayor’s second term was underway, the Gulf Coast was hit with two storms of incredible ferocity. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita not only tested the strength of our nation’s coastline and cities, but challenged the fortitude and generosity of our communities.
After Hurricane Katrina stormed through the Louisiana area, the people of our city stepped forward offering shelter, food, clothes, water, and caring to those affected by the destruction of the ravaging storm. Joining with local organizations, City officials successfully coordinated a city-wide effort to establish community donation locations and informal or ‘spontaneous’ shelters for displaced Louisiana residents. Citizens generously donated items, ranging from toiletries and school supplies to pet food, to aid hurricane victims. More than 70 volunteers donated 350 hours to help the sort and distribute hundreds of items for area shelters.
Then, just as the community-wide mobilization to assist Hurricane Katrina evacuees was underway, the third-largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin took dead aim at our community. As the threat of Hurricane Rita escalated, City employees rallied to mount an effective response. For the first time ever, the City’s Emergency Operations Center was staffed with management personnel who were able to assist in making important and time-sensitive decisions as the storm neared landfall. As Hurricane Rita climbed to a Category 5 status, the mayor issued a mandatory evacuation for residents. Seventy-five percent of Pasadena residents are estimated to have left the city during the evacuation. With help from the Pasadena Independent School District, METRO, the City of Houston and East Texas Medical Center, 900 residents received City assistance during the evacuation, 160 with special needs.
Read the whole thing, it’s good info to have.