I attended the North Dakota Emergency Management Conference this past week out in Bismarck. It has been quite awhile since I have been able to attend this conference as typically I have a conflict with the conference dates and cannot attend. Fortunately, this year the stars aligned and I was able to attend.
I have to say, it was so good to get back to that conference and to see so many familiar faces that I have not had an opportunity to see for awhile. I didn’t realize how much I had missed them until I was there with them reminiscing and laughing. I so love the members of the emergency management community – particularly my old school North Dakota homies. They are such good folks.
But, the icing on the cake at the conference was the nine NDSU EM alumni in attendance. Slowly but surely our graduates are becoming seasoned members of the practitioner community. I must say, seeing them there gave my little mother bird heart a happy flutter.
I was reminded by this conference how blessed I am to be in North Dakota and to be teaching emergency management. Emergency managers work day-in and day-out to keep their communities safe. Their work is so very important and they are so fully devoted to it; and yet, it typically goes unnoticed by the general public. I believe that in the not too distant future, citizens will come to understand how pivotal a strong emergency manager is to a community.
As for me – I get the value emergency managers can deliver to communities. I am so honored to work with, and in, the emergency management community. Truly, it is the most fulfilling professional work I have had the pleasure of undertaking. And when you add in the opportunity to spend a little time here and there amongst these folks – well, that is quite the gift.
Day one thousand five hundred and fifty-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da