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Together With Ike
    Date: June 4, 2006
    Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
    Location: Mi Rancho Restaurant
      8701 Ramsey Avenue
      Silver Spring MD 20910
    For more info, call 301-587-
6943
Pitch In For Ike - Baseball & Politics
    Date: June 11, 2006
    Picnic Dinner: 6:15pm
    Baseball Game: 7:30pm
    Location: Shirley Povich Field at
      Cabin John Regional Park
    Click here to see flyer.
Zydeco Meets Jazz
    Ike Celebrates His Louisiana Roots
        and brings Mardi Gras to
        Montgomery County!
    Date: June 25, 2006
    Time: 5:30-9:30pm
    Zydeco Dance Lesson: 5:30-7:15
    Location: Indian Spring
        Country Club
        13501 Layhill Road
        Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
    Click here to see flyer (PDF).


 

Event With Stella Kwan and James Whuan
    Group Photo
    Date: January, 2006
Olney Theatre Event
    Photo Album
    Date: April. 23, 2006
Indian Holi Event at the Home of Mr. Arora
    Photo Album
    Date: Apr. 9, 2006
Meet and Greet that was Held at Ron and Kim Little's Home
    Photo Album
    Date: Mar. 18, 2006
African-American Dems pay homage to black officials
    Montgomery County Gazette
    Published: Mar. 1, 2006
Letter to the Honorable Montgomery County Delegation
    Letter
    Date: Feb. 23, 2006
Leggett Goes After Waste
    Washington Post
    Published: Feb. 16, 2006
Letter to County Council President George Leventhal
    Letter
    Date: Feb. 14, 2006
Save Our Sligo
    Photo Album
    Date: Feb. 7, 2006
Ike Around the County
    Photo Album
    Various Dates and Locations
Volunteers at the Olney
Theater

    Photo Album
    Date: Jan. 30, 2006
Martin Luther King Commemorative Event
    Washington Jewish Week
    Published: Jan. 26, 2006
Coffee Hosted by Carmen and Joe Camacho
    Photo Album
    Date: Jan. 24, 2006
Debate at Leisure World
    Photo Album
    Date: Jan. 12, 2006
District 20 Breakfast Club
    Photo Album
    Date: Dec 18, 2005
Montgomery College in Takoma Park
    Photo Album
    Date: Dec 10, 2005
Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking
    Photo Album
    Date: Nov. 6, 2005
County Executive Candidate Supports ‘Balanced Growth’
    Montgomery County Gazette
    Published: Nov. 16, 2005
Current & Former Councilmembers, Former County Execs to Step Forward to Support Leggett
   
Press Release
    Released: Nov. 8, 2005
Anticipating Emergencies
     Article: See 'Press Releases'
    
Published here: Sept 22, 2005

 

IKE LEGGETT for Montgomery County Executive
4401 Dustin Road – Burtonsville, Maryland 20866

September 22, 2005

Contact: Sue Shoenberg
301/933-4972, 301/949-0660
[email protected]

Anticipating Emergencies
Written for the September 2005 inaugural issue of RestoreUS.org

by Ike Leggett

My heart is saddened by the Hurricane Katrina disaster that has hit especially hard in my native Louisiana. While waiting with concern to hear about the safety of relatives and friends, I mourn the losses sustained by New Orleans, a place so integral to my life and the soul of Louisiana. But as a lifelong government leader and educator, the human suffering that was clearly avoidable especially haunts me.

I believe that it is the duty of local, state and federal governments to help the most vulnerable to protect and recover their lives; this takes thorough planning for and educating those least able to help themselves. In areas likely to be flooded, the poor were unprepared to get out safely despite the dire consequences of not evacuating.

Along the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline we are witnessing many of the death-causing errors that humans made. Regulations allowed mobile homes to be sold and inhabited that could not withstand high winds or were sited in flood plains. Funding was insufficient to shore up the levees, even when experts said they would likely be breeched by a heavy hurricane, and the barrier islands were allowed to erode. Then unreasonable assumptions about how to evacuate the disaster area left the poor with few reasonable options. To add insult to injury, these vulnerable people received instructions to check their websites when they had no computers. They were told to leave the city, but many had no cars or money for gas and no ability to pay for hotel rooms.

Besides the sickening general devastation of the Gulf coast, it has been wrenching to watch starving persons hanging onto their rooftops, women in labor unable to reach delivery rooms, and debris on the roads preventing trucks from delivering water to the thirsty. These harsh scenes are the results of inadequate planning.

Some leaders in Washington claim that rebuilding New Orleans is not worthwhile. That inappropriate reaction has been discouraging to those who have fled from a vital city, the heritage of which is grander than the sum of its bricks and mortar. Such statements could also embolden those thinking about attacking our country. For the sake of our citizens and for our culture we must rebuild. America should demonstrate to the world that we are well equipped to meet the challenges of marshalling resources both for fighting terrorism abroad and for repairing our damaged coast at home.

Federal, state and local governments should refine and rehearse their operational plans to ensure feasibility. Our leaders must obtain public support and the necessary tax dollars to deal with low-probability, but deadly events such as Katrina. They must go beyond focusing unduly on the problems-of-the-day to assure that long-term public safety is a priority, even when it is not the popular or easy thing to do. Our leaders will have to overcome public inertia and resistance to providing the necessary investment for future emergencies.

Then we have to better educate the public about the range of resources and coordination needed for emergency communications in several languages, for food, health care, transportation equipment, family placement, financial arrangements, and debris removal as well as reconstruction. Further, building community cohesion would help to discourage much of the unlawful behavior that occurred in New Orleans such as arson and sniping at law enforcement officers, who have heroically stuck to their jobs despite the dangers.

I believe that Montgomery County is better prepared than most communities to respond to various emergencies. While we have not yet faced an obstacle as monumental as the Gulf coast-type of disaster, we have had our share of ice storms, downed power lines and severe wind damage, even some flooding, with adverse ramifications for our entire region. However, we have to be ready to deal not only with natural disasters, but due to our proximity to the nation’s capital, also with acts of terrorism that we hope never to see.

Bright spots amid the coastal tragedy have been evident. Non-profits, individual entertainers and large businesses have put on fundraising drives and collections of goods, and I hope that everyone else will help in some way. We have all heard heartwarming stories of the many people who have aided their neighbors or who have opened their homes to those who now have none. People have come from all over the nation to help, and many nations have offered support. I am particularly pleased that members of the Montgomery County Urban Search and Rescue team, our firefighters and others of good will have been able to help save lives of people trapped in flooded homes. This outpouring of support reflects the core values of a nation that prides itself in helping those truly in need.

Overcoming Katrina will be a long-term project. Improving emergency response will require the active attention of our community and nation for years to come.

A former County Council President, Ike Leggett is a candidate for Montgomery County Executive.

 

  Authorized by Friends of Ike Leggett: Lawrence N. Rosenblum, Treasurer
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