Remember: You don’t lead Things, You lead People!
After my personal experience volunteering in Joplin recently and realizing the enormity of the situation and the organization it takes to coordinate the total effort during an emergency response, I had a new perspective for speaking at the 2011 Texas Unites Conference in Austin, Texas. During my time there, I met people both volunteer and paid staff leaders. There is no doubt that these individuals are passionate to help others prepare for any type of emergency, but the challenge is for citizens to head to the education being provided.
Our time together was spent talking about effective communication to support their efforts in leadership. The reality of there work is comprised of individuals and teams coming together. But also, most of their effort is communicating preparation and not always first response to disasters, so effective communication is priority one. Our time together went by too quickly.
While at the conference, I picked up one interesting nugget I hadn’t thought of before. During a tornado warning, you want to be in a window free centered room and if possible, you want to hold on to something that is anchored to the floor. There are not many items that fit this description for being anchored, but a toilet is. It is anchored to bolts in the concrete on your lowest level. What else could you hold on to that is anchored in concrete in your home?
After the Joplin tornado May 22nd, the weather patterns were still causing havoc in the Midwest. I have provided a picture of my daughter, Ragan, and me camped out in the bathroom with our safety headgear on. My three children had the strapped on helmets. All that was left for me was the Pig Sooie foam hat.
Have a plan for your family and be prepared for an emergency situation.