Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thoughts on recent events

Three events in recent times are sticking in my head.  Not because of the magnitude or impact but rather for the ability to totally refocus our attention.   These events are:
  • the "fiscal cliff" or as it should be called "the Executive and Legislative branchs' inability to govern" or perform  to the same standards expected by every normal business
  • the Bengahazi consulate attack 
  • several active shooter incidents over the last weeks
  • the Sandy Hook Elementary School active shooter incident.  
Each of these events is a tragedy but keep in mind that there are shootings every day.  It doesn't take a massacre to have an impact on an individual.   If you or your family is in the wrong spot and the wrong time it will impact you the same as if  there are multiple victims.

Two things should have our focus in these weeks:
First, don't let our Congress and President get sidetracked from their job of passing a budget.  For them it must be the number one priority. They can debate gun control (pro and con) AFTER they do their job of stopping wasteful spending and pass a workable budget  not more continuing resolutions.  They should do nothing else until this is completed, delivered to the White House and signed.  Stop blaming party A or party B.  Forget the parties (both holiday and political)  and get it done.  Without that this country goes into a financial crisis. 

Second:  Say a prayer for those that are directly impacted by these events  then get angry and make sure that you are prepared so that it doesn't happen to you. (and that doesn't necessarily mean you have to start carrying a weapon)  Become aware of your surroundings.  Do you know what you would do if an active shooter walks into your office, the mall or the grocery store when you are there.  Are you always aware of what and who is around you in a 360 degree bubble?   Do you know your company's plan for an active shooter?   Do they even have one?  Don't say  "it won't happen here".   The only statement that is valid is "It hasn't happened here yet".   Go to work tomorrow and ask your Safety Coordinator or HR  if there is a plan.  Insist that one is in place and exercised just like fire drills.  (and for sure the same plan does NOT work for both).   Imagine what would happen if  half of the workforce showed up at the office door asking this question.  It will get noticed.

The article at  is a good read for more information.

Stay safe and keep aware.

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