I had the opportunity to be Telva’s assistant today at a disaster planning training session. It is no secret that they are predicting a massive quake or tsunami on the west coast sometime soon. Soon could be 30-50 years from now or tomorrow. There are about fourteen fault lines along the Cascades, if I heard correctly today. Telva does this for a living and I was more than impressed hearing her presentation. So many things can happen in emergency situations. Chemical spills, people going postal at work, hostage situations not to mention volcanoes (yes-we have that threat too) and super storms. They had a mega ice storm here not long ago that kept everything shut down for days. How do you prepare? There were many discussions today on “what if’s”, like what if you can’t get back in a building to get your wallet, purse, car keys, i.d. or money? How will you get home if there is a major quake? What if there is no cell phone or internet use? How will you communicate? How will you have access to food and water?
This was a company of around 100 people. Most companies have no plan in place and don’t want to fund a disaster plan. Remember Katrina? The results were harrowing. It was amazing to see these teams at work questioning and examining crucial elements that will keep their fellow workers safe in the event of a catastrophe. Telva provides the foundation and this company will fill in the details according to their needs. They will spend the next six weeks coming up with a detailed plan and then have a mock-up disaster at the next training in June. As much as I’d love to see that I hope to be working by then. My lips to God’s ear.
I planted summer bulbs for Telv this week only to discover I put them in the wrong place so I’ll be digging them up tomorrow. Some help Bianca is, she saw me planting them and said nothing! Telva and Bruce are going camping this weekend so I’ll be here solo. Since Bianca is going along Telv wanted to know what I would do. I said block party of course! I’d rather read. I finished “The Piano” and it was great. The movie closely followed the book but you always get more of the details. This was story telling at it’s best. So many bizarre elements…a mute mail-order bride obsessed with her piano who travels half way around the world with her illegitimate daughter and is pursued by a white man living among the Maori while chastely married to the eccentric man who sent for her. The sensual elements made the story even more baffling and compelling. Telva hated the movie, I loved it. She also hated “True Sisters” that I liked. Book club tomorrow should be interesting. I’m telling you, the wine is the key. Stay tuned for the pie update.