It only took three days of classroom training to get it. The official certificate from the U.S. Government declaring that I’m a Wide-A.S.S., that is. How many people can accomplish that in just three days? Not many, since this is only the sixth time the class has ever been delivered, and was the final “dry-run” before it is made available to emergency personnel across the country. Wide A.S.S. = Wide-Area Search Specialist. That’s the search that spans tens, hundreds, thousands, even occasionally tens of thousands of square miles such as during the aftermath of a large tornado, hurricane or earthquake. It was quite an interesting class. Though we hope to never use the skills we gained, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, as well as the Greensburg, KS tornado have taught us how important it is to be prepared. One of the ways to improve your personal survivability? Have a plan–for your family, with your close neighbors and for your community. Get involved in volunteer opportunities like CERT (Civilian Emergency Response Team) or the Red Cross. In the meantime, maybe we can all work on a new acronym for wide area search specialist.
Now it’s back from practicality to pure fantasy. Hoping to finish the new proposal today and then work on the short story I’ve started. Since we’re having an ice storm, there shouldn’t be many distractions today and tomorrow to pull me out of the house. I just hope the power stays on! Backup plan is my camper if it should go out since the camper is heated by an LP gas furnace. Happy Tuesday, everyone!