Standing Together During Tragic Times

ICMA Executive Director Marc Ott offers support to communities dealing with crises.

ARTICLE | Oct 4, 2017
By Marc Ott

by Marc Ott, ICMA Executive Director

Local government managers sometimes face crises that cannot be imagined, such as the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas this week. In the initial hours of such a disaster, city, town, and county managers support the teams of professionals who work tirelessly to respond to the needs of their communities and to help our elected officials and others cope with the overwhelming clamor for updates and information.  The aftermath of such a disaster can feel like a heavy burden as we lead our communities and local government employees in recovering from the trauma they have experienced.

During times like this, the personal and professional network of ICMA members stands ready to offer its experience and support. Following are a few resources that you might find helpful:

If you find yourself dealing with the difficult task of moving your community toward response to or recovery from a tragedy similar to the one in Las Vegas, don't hesitate to contact me or any member of the ICMA family, and we will do all that we can to connect your team with the support and information resources that might help you in the recovery process ahead.


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