Emergency management magnets to be printed in Spanish
May 19, 2009
County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner used a grant request as a chance to make a statement about accommodating the Spanish-speaking community.
At Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Emergency Manager Trevor Denney asked commissioners for permission to accept $1,000 in state grant money to print refrigerator magnets in Spanish listing emergency-preparedness information, such as what items would be needed for a 72-hour emergency kit.
The department has been passing out the “Are You Ready?” magnets for several years to the community, but has never had a Spanish version.
Bumgarner was the sole dissenting vote on accepting the grant, stating shortly after, “I think English is the language of the country, and I don’t think the country can function with multi languages.”
Commissioners Nancy Stuart and James Newberry voted to approve the grant acceptance for magnets in Spanish.