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Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi will address the U.S. Senate staff and national emergency management officials in a keynote address Friday as part of National Preparedness Month.

Pagliughi, Cape May’s Director of Emergency Management, will make his speech from the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. at 11:30 a.m.

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“This is an excellent opportunity to discuss both the Avalon and Cape May County plan relating to storm management and flood mitigation, and how these plans can be applied to other coastal regions throughout the United States,” Pagliughi said in a statement. “We are afforded the opportunity to discuss our plans thanks to years of mitigation efforts and our specific response to Hurricane Sandy that came ashore in late October 2012.”

The presentation will include discussion of Avalon’s storm readiness and mitigation approach and discuss how local communities are truly the first responders to a storm event and how towns can prepare with pre-disaster contracts with agencies that can transport and safely shelter evacuees, and with companies who can provide no-cost contracts to remediate a community after a major disaster.

Joel Landau

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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