Hurricane Michael has come and gone without any significant damage to the Golden Isles. Yes, there are some downed limbs and small debris scattered in yards, but the Isles fared well in this round against what has become an unwelcome yearly tradition.
Though the damage was unremarkable, what was remarkable is the way that local officials handled a potential crisis that wasn’t a thought in anyone’s mind a week ago.
On Saturday, what would become Hurricane Michael wasn’t particularly anything spectacular — just a possible storm spinning off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. By Wednesday, it turned into a record-setting hurricane that left a path of destruction people will remember for generations.
In that time frame, local officials had to be diligent in their preparations and attention. Storms out of the Gulf of Mexico have caused problems for the Isles before — most notably Hurricane Hermine, which made landfall in the Florida Panhandle before punishing the Isles as a tropical storm in 2016.
Thankfully, Michael didn’t track as close to the Isles as Hermine did. Still, Glynn County’s emergency management agency was on top of things early, monitoring the situation and preparing for the worst if it came.
They were quick to tell citizens of the dangers that Michael would pose, but that there wouldn’t be a need for an evacuation. Schools were able to adjust their schedule as necessary for the safety of their students and employees. Communication between the government and the people was often and thorough. It was a tremendous example of crisis management.
The citizens of Glynn County deserve some credit too. From all appearances, the advice that Jay Wiggins, head of the county’s emergency management agency, doled out was practiced. Residents took care to secure any outside objects, took care of their pets that live outside and were prepared for the worst, even though it didn’t come.
Some may not have slept easy as Michael passed the Isles under the cloak of night, but citizens should be able to sleep a little easier with the knowledge that Glynn County has proven it will be ready whenever the next storm comes our way.