by Lisa Tome
As the winter storms approached recently, nearly two dozen Cecilton residents received a phone call.
It was town hall staff, calling to make sure they knew bad weather was on the way and to see if they needed anything.
Town clerk Kim Roland made those calls, contacting 21 of the towns residents including the disabled, homebound, and senior citizens.
"We keep a list of them and we just call to make sure they are okay," said Roland.
Mayor Joe Zang explained that the town compiled a list of vulnerable residents when a hurricane threatened a few years ago. The staff works to keep the list updated and calls those on the list if a potential emergency is looming.
"We do it as a courtesy for our older folks," said Roland. "We want to make sure they are prepared, aware, have fuel and heat, and see if they need groceries. If they do, we'll find someone to go get it."
Town administrator Brenda Cochran said that the Town also posts on the facebook page to ask residents to check on their neighbors or anyone they think may need assistance.
"These are the people we should worry about. If my parents were still living, I would hope someone would do that for them," said Cochran.
Zang said the staff would make these type of calls in the event of a major snow storm, heatwave, or hurricane threat.
"The people say 'I can't believe you're calling me'. They are very grateful," said Roland.
"It makes them feel like someone cares," said Cochran. "We try to keep the town small so we can still do these kind of things."
Anyone who would like to be added to the list or has a family member who they think should be checked on is asked to call Cecilton Town Hall at 410-275-2692. Phone numbers should also be updated since some town residents have done away with their landline and now use cell phones.