My love affair with emergency management wasn’t ignited by a Hollywood disaster movie or by a desire to save the day. My love affair began when I first met the emergency managers in North Dakota and learned of the good, and all too often thankless, work they put in day-in and day-out to keep their communities safe. It was the emergency managers themselves that drew me in with their commitment to such a noble undertaking. I am in emergency management today because I wanted to do something to help them.
Over the years I have met and worked with emergency managers from around the world. They are a great bunch of folks. They do not get paid a lot, their budgets are often too lean, and there is always more work than can ever be completed – but they keep at it.
Tonight I attended a banquet at the AMEM Conference. The room was filled with Minnesota emergency managers and partner agency representatives. At the banquet a series of recognition awards were given . It was so heartening to see these folks recognized amongst their peers. I think about all the years of tireless work they put in without any expectation of reward and the feeling they must have had when they walked up to receive their awards. I must admit, I got a little mushy about the whole thing. It makes me very happy to see emergency managers valued for their contributions.
Today was a fabulous day. It was fabulous because my universe is at its brightest when the folks with big hearts doing good things in the world are valued as they should be. This is how it should be every day.
Have you ever taken the time to thank your local emergency manager for the work he or she does to keep your community safe? If you haven’t – you should. Take a few minutes – make a call, jot a note, or send an email – let them know you appreciate what they give of themselves for the community. That is how it should be. 😉
Day one thousand five hundred and thirty-two of the new forty – obla di obla da