Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Networking)

University of the Fraser Valley
School of Business networking breakfast (ca 2015)
University of the Fraser Valley

During tough times, you and your family may be scrabbling to get the things you need to survive, such as appropriate shelter, water, food, protection, and ....

So, ....

Who do you turn to for help

 Ron Thomas from FEMA
sets up the Incident Response Vehicle (IRV)
for communications out of southern Texas,
following hurricane Dolly (ca 2008)
photograph by
Barry Bahler

For certain events, the local, state, and federal government are going to be there for you, albeit in a few minutes, hours, or days.

Needless to say, ...

The government will have access to money for shelter, think Section 8, food, can you say food stamps, and other services, like healthcare for you and your family

Marines assigned to Combat Cargo
Sailors assigned to the Wild Cards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23
load humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies
onto an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter
aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). (ca 2010)
photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class
Ian Campbell

During some disasters, the State's Governor will activate the National Guard to assist victims. They may provide shelter, water, food, and protection.

These services are usually groupings of tents for shelter, bottled water or large water tanks for ... water, Meals-Ready-to-Eat for food, and confiscation of firearms and knives with roving patrols for protection in the tent cities.

Nongovernmental Oganizations
Belgian Red Cross Volunteers (ca 2005)
photograph by
Georges Jansoone

Yeap, one of the evil, vile NGOs ran by Mr. George Soros, Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Melinda Gates, or one of the Kock brothers may come to your assistance during an event.

Not really ; - )

More likely it will be the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, a regional religious organization, or another established group that will provide the basics of survival for you and your family.

A sailor setting the broken leg of another sailor
after an accident on deck (ca 1897)
Halftoneh by
F. Brangwyn

That's right, your place of employment may have programs that you can access during a crisis. These might be their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), sick time donations from other workers, taking advanced vacation time, health insurance, borrowing from your 401K, and many, many others.

Ooooh, ...

Don't forget, your coworkers might be able to individually help you and your family by having a unique skill, like welding, sewing, cooking, and ... prayers.

Friends from the "Wild Side Story"
Rena Del Rio, Logan Carter, Peaches Del Monte
and Tony Del Valle  (ca 1974)
photograph by
Lars Jacob Prod

Before I begin, I don't want you to take this the wrong way.

But, ...

What can your friends do for you?

How about your extended family? What skills and equipment do they have that could help you and your family, during tough times.

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