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Sometimes things happen that just shouldn't. The events of the past week in southern Alberta are many of them. When these things happen they can bring out the worst in people, or the absolute best. In the case of Calgarians and Albertans, not surprisingly, this event brought out the absolute best. There are exceptions of course but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. To the point of inspiring. "Thank You" doesn't quite make the grade when it comes to what I have witnessed in the past week.
(Note: We have all seen enough images of devastation to last us for a very long time,
so I thought I would use a few images of happier times. I know we will get back there soon)
First, I would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to the usual suspects. Those who have gone so far past the call of duty it isn't even an echo anymore. The first responders as always. The Police, Fire, EMS, Health Care Providers, and Others who are on the front lines in any emergency certainly didn't let us down this time.
Next, in line for a big THANK YOU are also usual suspects, the charities for helping to organize relief efforts. Without your expertise, this would be chaos.
It is not often that politicians get recognized (at least while in office) but in this case the response has been terrific. From the Mayor, on down, (or up as the case may be) the city, the provincial government and the federal governments have responded to this emergency quickly and professionally. Were mistakes made? Of course there were. But it's not like something of this magnitude happens every day. So I say THANK YOU.
How about the media? A big THANK YOU goes out to them as well. The coverage was wall to wall. Some reporters on the beat 18 and 24 hours straight. They kept us informed of what was happening, what to do, where to go and when to do it. Road closures, bridge closures, schools, districts, evacuations, they kept us informed 24/7 for a week. Even the national media was all over this 24 hours a day.
Volunteers! What can you say? Volunteerism is one thing Calgary is known for but Calgary, this time you have done yourself more than proud. Thousands upon thousands of our fellow citizens have gone to the aid of their friends and neighbours. If you need help, call a Calgarian. They will come. That is all that needs to be said. Oh, that and THANK YOU!
How about the people of the rest of Alberta and the rest of Canada? They were there in our hour of need and I'm sure will continue to be there during what will be a looong recovery and re-build period so a big THANK YOU goes out to them as well.
Lastly, the citizens of Calgary and southern Alberta also get a huge THANK YOU! In most other places, this would have been Chaos. Anarchy. Looting, vandalism and all sorts of bad things going on. Not here. Here people pitch in to help, not hurt. For the most part people stayed out of the way of those working to keep us all safe and help those in need. People stayed home. People cut down on water use. People took strangers into their homes who were out of their own. Generally, Calgarians and Albertans were part of the solution, not part of the problem. Great job folks!
To all those mentioned above and no doubt many others I have missed,
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