Tuesday, November 8, 2022: Today is Election Day! I have always said that the right to elect our public officials through free elections is one of the greatest freedoms we have in America. This is a freedom that we should all exercise and participate in, if for no other reason, to honor our veterans who, through their service and sacrifice, have fought for our rights. I am one who likes to vote on Election Day and the first thing I do today is head to the polls and vote.
Next, I head to the Savannah Care Center in midtown Savannah for a tour and discussion of the services they offer. Their mission is to provide support for women and men facing unplanned pregnancy decisions and their services include education, pregnancy tests, and ultrasound services.
Afterwards, I head to downtown Savannah for a meeting with staff before heading to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH) in midtown where I meet with Director Jennifer Darcey to learn more about this serious problem facing our community and country. The mission of this 501c(3) nonprofit organization is to provide strategic approaches to address the challenges of homelessness. Among the many services offered are the Tiny House Project that is currently home to 23 veterans and, after expansion is completed, will provide an additional 24 permanent homes for veterans experiencing homelessness.
Next, I head to Brunswick where I meet with Glynn County Emergency Management Administration (EMA) officials including the Fire Chief, EMA Director, Deputy Director, County Manager and County Commission Chairman, who bring me up to date on the situation with the Symrise Chemical Plant fire. A combination of outstanding work by local emergency personnel, assistance from neighboring departments in Savannah and Jacksonville, and favorable weather conditions contributed to a safe evacuation of nearby homes and a quicker control of the situation.
After the briefing, I thanked all EMA personnel for their outstanding work and response then headed to Fish Tales restaurant in Richmond Hill in Bryan County where I visited with constituents and had several interviews with local and national TV networks.