Phone When was the last time you called your neighboring department? With all of the recent concern and coverage regarding the potential for severe weather yesterday, today, and tonight, I am wondering who if anyone has taken the time to speak with their neighbor about the “what if’s” should a damaging storm develop.
I not implying that every time the weather person flashes a storm warning you need to have a county wide meeting. But, I have to ask, are you living in a vacuum? Be honest, when was the last time you picked up the phone and called the neighboring chief or chiefs and said “hey, I just want to chat a few minutes about the potential weather threat and how it may affect each of us.”
Not every emergency requires a bound book full of preplans that no one has reviewed since its inception (insert wet rag for cleaning). Many times some good ole phone call will work just fine. Letting your neighbor know that you have a truck out of service, or your short on man power because several members are out of town, will help each other know in advance the resources that are available.
Communications with your neighbors is important. It helps to maintain those relationships and better prepare you for “That” event. And do me a favor – skip the damn email, every once in a while it would be nice to have an actual “live” conversation. Part of the problem with our communications is that they have become so impersonal, but that is for another article.
Until next time, take care and be safe

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