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NO. R-68. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING GEORGE LOWE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT AS VERMONT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR.

(J.R.S. 32)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, the Director of the Emergency Management Division is charged with preparing the state's potential response to natural disasters, such as the July 1997 floods, the January 1998 ice storm, and the 1992 Montpelier flood, as well as human-created calamities, including transportation accidents and hazardous material releases, and

Whereas, George Lowe of Barre Town has performed this crucial responsibility in a most meritorious manner during his 18-year tenure as Director of the Emergency Management Division of Vermont at the Department of Public Safety, and

Whereas, since 1984, George Lowe also served as the appointed state coordinator for 11 presidentially-declared disasters, and

Whereas, through his outstanding leadership, the State of Vermont has adopted a comprehensive and innovative emergency response plan that supports and coordinates emergency municipal public safety and fire services around the state, and

Whereas, George Lowe took a leading role in guiding the Emergency Response Commission to develop a State Hazmat response team, and

Whereas, as a former school teacher, principal and superintendent, George Lowe led state efforts to ensure that every elementary and secondary school develop a viable and well-rehearsed evacuation plan, and

Whereas, he established the Green Mountain Volunteers, a corps of emergency management workers, and

Whereas, George Lowe was responsible for implementing the state law that required every town in which hazardous materials are stored to have an emergency plan that complied with state and federal Hazmat requirements, and

Whereas, George Lowe worked constantly with the management and staff of Vermont Yankee to anticipate any foreseeable nuclear power emergency, and

Whereas, George Lowe, even though officially retired on June 19, will be on call as an agent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly hereby thanks George Lowe for his hard work and dedication to the State of Vermont as Director of the Emergency Management Division of the Department of Public Safety, wishing him the very best in the future, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to George Lowe.