Monday, February 7, 2011
It has been a rough couple of weeks for us down here in the Campus Services building, many broken shovels and sore backs to go around. Snow removal is a business we take very seriously, and everything in our lives gets put on hold, thus the lack of posts to my blog.
Typically when schools and colleges are canceled due to inclement weather, and everyone enjoys their snow day, we are on our way to the college in the heat of the storm to begin removing it. Our snow days involve countless hours of back breaking work, often into the dark hours of the morning, to have campus open the following day. We have a lot of experience driving in the snow. When driving in the snow take it slow, and if possible, stay off the roads until they are cleared. I consider myself a decent driver in the snow but am often passed by cars on the highway, and I am certain I will see them again, in a ditch. Also, keep a blanket in your car just in case you are stranded somewhere, and always have an ICE contact in your phone. (ICE: In Case Of Emergency.) Rescue personnel know to look for ICE in your cell phone contacts in case of an emergency.
I was also thinking, with the amount of snow we had this year being such a surprise to many, evident by the grocery store shelves. Are we really prepared if we were to get enough snow and ice that we were trapped in our homes, with no electricity? Am I prepared? I recently had some red cross CPR training, and the instructor informed me I should have one gallon of water per consumer for seven days. That's my wife, my dog, our cat, and I, twenty eight gallons of water. If we were stuck in our house for seven days, we are ill prepared. My only saving grace is we have a gas fireplace in the case were the electricity would be out, but in an earthquake it would not be suitable.
I hate the fact my returning post is so serious but I think it is my duty to think about these situations, and our duty to talk with one another about them. Just maybe a life will be saved because we did the easiest thing of all, talked to one another. See you next week with a more upbeat post, I promise!
Posted by Dan Porter at 7:18 AM