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Hurricanes are not common occurrences in our area, thankfully.

But when one threatens the area, the emergency management workers jump into action. They spend days in advance of the storm studying and watching, trying to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

It takes a lot of people working together to make decisions concerning thousands of lives.

They make difficult decisions that not everyone will agree with or heed.

They study the data and decide if an evacuation should be called and when.

They decide when to give out information to the public, hoping it is in enough time so people can make the right decisions concerning their families. They work night and day.

As the storm becomes a true threat, they don't pack of up their bags and go home. Instead they hunker down and stay for the duration. First responders, including law enforcement, fire and EMS, answer calls from residents who are having issues that are not storm-related.

They keep a good humor about themselves as they deal with people who are nervous about the pending disaster.

They stay on the roadways as late as possible - leaving only when the conditions worsen to where they cannot safely be there.

But as soon as the hurricane lessens they are back on the streets helping, and at times rescuing residents who need the help.

In the coming days as people return to their daily routines, the emergency management workers will continue to work through the clean up and recovery, keeping residents advised of information they need to complete the recovery process.

As we write this, emergency management workers are probably still in the midst of making decisions concerning the aftermath of the storm, but they deserve a huge pat on the back for their undying dedication to the communities they serve.

Thank you all for your service to the Crossroads.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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