The Team Excellence award recognizes employees who have excelled as a group and displayed cooperation and teamwork in support of a common goal or project. The Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) recommended the following employees for a Team Excellence Award.
This team was nominated for going above and beyond to safely and efficiently coordinate the evacuation of Breezy Point Camp Ground during Hurricane Florence:
Breezy Point Evacuation for Hurricane Florence
Department of Parks & Recreation
Benners Spedden, Elena Dibble, Mike Formy-Duval, Brian Hogan, Emily Gibson, Mike Oliver,Bryan Sunderland, Greg Heffner, Nola Formy-Duval, Charles Darylmple, Gregory Buckler, Robert Shifflet, Charles Horsmon, John Buckmaster , Robin Hood, David Rose, Larry Lowe, Rutger Allen, Leonard Goddard, and Stanley Harris.
Buildings & Grounds Division
Ben Wood and Teddy Wilkens
Hurricane Florence, a powerful and long-lived storm, originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the west coast of Africa on August 30, 2018. Florence registered as a Category 4 hurricane, with max winds of 130 mph; it was heading in our direction, estimated to hit the Carolinas on September 14thand move inland up the coast.
On Monday, September 10th, Governor Hogan declared a State of Emergency. The County issued press releases and offered sandbags. Evacuation was ordered at Breezy Point Beach and Campground and this team sprang into action, coordinating the evacuation of 50+ seasonal campers, who were moved over the next over the next three days. Team members stayed at Breezy Point until the early morning, removing pedestals and clearing the park of all trashcans, burn barrels, and other objects that could become airborne.
The team assisted campers, pumped water, moved picnic tables, so campers could pull their trailers out, pumped up camper tires, and dug out campers that were stuck. These were a few examples of the outstanding actions of this team.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) presented each member of the team with a framed certificate.
Congratulations to each of the team for a job well done!
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon