Ed-vise: The Earth Shakes

A chatty pops GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, Pops was DEFINITELY chatting it up yesterday and into the night. I couldn’t quite catch what he was talking about, but he was talking a BUNCH!

What Would You do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s WEDNESDAY! And I do love Wednesdays!

A friend once said to me “If the Earth doesn’t want us, it will just shake.”

And, we see that exact thing happen though on the other side of the world.

In Afghanistan, an earthquake shook the Southeast corner of the country. Only a 5.9. So far it has killed over 1,000 people. 1,000.

By comparison, the Alaska quake of 1964 was a 9.2. Los Angeles and So. Cal have these size quakes all the time.

Now, I also listened to a podcast (My Favorite Murder) where they spoke about the Three States Tornado of 1923. That tornado killed over 700 people.

So here is the scenario. You have the sound of a freight train come through your location. Then, in the blink of an eye, everything is flattened. You rise from whatever debris (because you would have been knocked down) and the world you know has been flattened. The Earth shook.

What is the first thing you do as you stand staring at the impossible that just happened? Who do you find? What do you say? What do you look for? What is your plan?

A bit of Ed-vise for you…if I may.

First, check yourself. Move your limbs. Can they move? If so, then, you’re good. Reason being the nerve connections to your extremities have not been severed. Second, your brain is good. Reason being you can think to do this simple activity of moving your limbs.

Next, check your surroundings. Make sure something isn’t going to fall on you or run into you.

Once you know you’re good, then you can start helping. Your ears will probably be ringing. It’s a common statement from survivors. Keep your head on a swivel and help who you can. Most likely your cell phone won’t work because local towers will have been flattened. Yet somehow, word gets out. Help will be coming. It will take time though and will seem like forever.

I encourage you to visualize such scenarios. Walk them through in your mind. Body doesn’t go where the mind hasn’t gone. If you have employees, do a little table top with them. But when you do your table top, don’t just look at business continuity. Look also at the immediate challenge of your business being flattened. Look at how your people will react to such an event.

1000 people in Afghanistan are doing this exercise for real right now. A bit of table top and visualization will help you in such events as these.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember Darth Vader gets his coffee at the…DEATHSTAR BUCKS! AHAHAHAHAHHAHA…Luuuuuke!


Published by edhlaw

Son, husband, father, uncle, nephew, cousin

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