When disaster strikes

Betsy contemplating where to start after our building flooded in May 2010
Betsy contemplating where to start after our building flooded in May 2010

The Chicks thought they knew all about responding to a disaster, since we had our very own home-brewed one in May 2010 when our building flooded. But, as it turns out, we know very little about responding to a disaster, at least if a survey we are now taking as part of the Office of Emergency Management is any indication.

The 27-page questionnaire is more about how we would respond to our own calamities at CRC than how to help others (which we got pretty dang good at, if I say so myself).

I am pondering these questions at the moment:

  1. What procedures do you follow in the event of an unwanted intruder? (Run away?)
  2. What procedures do you follow in the event of a bomb threat? (Hide under my desk?)
  3. Are your floors and ceilings fire retardant? (Floor is concrete so we’re good to go there; ceiling no idea)
  4. Do you practice regular fire drills? (We only have three doors. We would run out one of them. We will practice that next week.)
  5. Do you know how to operate a fire extinguisher? (Um, no.)

So, as you can see, the Chicks are woefully unprepared to deal with any disaster other than a flood. And our first response after the one in 2010 was to have a drink and watch the news.

In all seriousness, filling this survey out has made me realize I am not prepared for any kind of disaster, either at my place of business or my home. Other than to run away or hide under my desk, of course. But the Office of Emergency Management has a terrific course that any citizen can take called Community Emergency Response Team training. It teaches you everything you need to know to be self-sufficient for 72 hours in the event of a disaster. If you’re interested in taking the class, just click here.

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About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

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