I have big news – BIG NEWS! Oh no, not a new husband…and no, I am not pregnant. No…I didn’t win the lottery and I didn’t take up baking. No…it isn’t a new job or a new house…and no Oprah hasn’t called, yet. Oh no…this isn’t that kind of news -the kind of news that many folks may share in their lifetimes – this is bigger, better news. This is news that warms the cockles of an emergency management professor’s heart. This is news that I have been waiting patiently to share – and now I can finally.
The news…NDSU’s Department of Emergency Management will be providing a large student team for the management of the check-in site for the upcoming Extreme Makeover Home Edition build. The team will be able to utilize volunteer management and logistic skills that are typically used in emergency and disaster events to manage this piece of the Extreme Makeover visit to the Fargo/Moorhead area. They will utilize the same skills they used to assist with the massive 2009 flood fight (and to a lesser extent the 2010 flood fight). This is a fabulous opportunity for our team and I believe will enhance the ease with which the F/M build is completed – they are that good.
We have spent a lot of time on this project in recent weeks and will be consumed with it during the build. I am confident that our team will do a stellar job and that anyone who goes through check-in – be they trade people, media, VIPs or volunteers – will enjoy meeting and dealing with them. It will become clear to those who meet them why I love them so…they operate with a lot of heart and they work fabulously together. I will be there during the week days of the build and I hope to see many of you there (they are building 24/7 – so please do sign up for whatever time you can at the Heritage Homes site).
As if that is not enough, my students will also be participating in the Emergency Preparedness Expo on Thursday, September 30th in the Memorial Union on campus. This is an annual event sponsored by the student emergency management organization on campus (EMSA) and the Department of Emergency Management – see info on last year’s event in my blog entitled Just Ducky. This is open to the public and runs from 10-4. As usual I’ll have my students there and my preparedness students will be showing their public service announcements that they created using rubber ducks as the theme. And yes, we are once again giving away a whole slew of those adorable ducks. They have become a cult favorite at NDSU.
I took some fun photos of my mitigation and preparedness classes today (the folks with the ducks are the preparedness class) and will share some below – those of you are volunteering are likely to meet some of them and if you don’t meet them now you may meet them later after they graduate and go on to make the world a better place.
I love, love, love my students!
Day four hundred and fifty of the new forty – obla di obla da