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June 19, 2008

Baldwin City Councilman Tony Brown brought up two non-agenda items at Monday's meeting that probably would work out together should a tornado or other natural disaster strike here.

First, he publicly thanked the many volunteers who work countless hours to make Baldwin City's many June events happen. Whether that's Thomas the Tank Engine or Planes, Trains and Automobiles that transpired this weekend, or the upcoming production of "The Wizard of Oz" by the Baldwin City Community Theatre, somehow the community comes together to pull the events off almost flawlessly.

Brown wanted it on the record about how much the city council appreciates those efforts. We couldn't agree more and add our thanks to his. It always makes us proud when thousands of people come through our community and are treated to hospitality and a fine time.

Then Brown turned his comments to concerns that maybe the city isn't prepared well enough in case of a natural disaster. The multitude of tornadoes that have hit the state as well as the nation this spring bring that to the forefront. So does the flooding that's devastating Iowa and other areas.

As chairman of the safety committee, Brown pledged to dust off the emergency plan that was put together several years ago, tweak it and make sure everything's in place. Mayor Gary Walbridge also pledged that Baker University would be involved in a "table-top exercise" of that plan this time around. We're glad to hear all of that.

But what brings the two together is a thought we had about a disaster scenario. Given how this community bands together and makes things happen, we're sure that if that tornado or whatever came through town our community would take care of its own.

We've seen it time and time again in reports from disaster areas that there is so much neighbor helping neighbor during times of need. We know Baldwin City would do the same.

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