Quincy, MA - The City of Quincy is participate in "Make an Impact" week. The nationwide campaign is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, to promote proactive disaster resistance to local businesses, residents and government organizations. Quincy is a designated Project Impact community.
To promote "Make an Impact" week and to encourage everyone to adopt disaster resistance measures Quincy celebrates with a formal introduction and first distribution of the "Quincy Project Impact Brochure" and a GIS Demonstration. On May 21, 2001, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, at the Thomas Crane Public Library, participants in the "Make an Impact Week" celebration were welcomed by Quincy Mayor James A. Sheets, Project Impact Co-Chairs: Richard H. Meade, City of Quincy Planning Director , Walter White, Quincy Director of Building Inspection Services.
The event included words from Kenneth L. Horak, Acting Regional Director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Boston, Stephen McGrail, Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Peter Webber, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and Jackie Gardner of the American Red Cross. Members of the Quincy Community Response Team along with public and private partners attended the event. In addition to the distribution of important information, a demonstration of Quincy's Geographic Information System (GIS), relative to flood plains and wetlands was given by Applied Geographies.
Quincy was designated a Project Impact community in December 1998 because of a willingness to address a long history of repetitive flood losses. The city received $300,000 from FEMA to promote a broad community based partnership, support mitigation projects and bring attention to resulting success and lessons. The Quincy Project Impact committee consists of representatives from the City's Inspectional Services, Planning, Public Works, and Emergency Management Depts., The American Red Cross and various private businesses and associations.
For more Information about Project Impact or preventing damage, call Walter White, Quincy Director of lnspectional Services (617) 376-1456 , Paul Ford (617) 223-9566.