Hope Grows in Our Midst

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It has been an absolutely brutal week for Emergency Managers around the world. The Ethiopian Airlines crash, fires across Australia and the southern US, and yesterday’s shootings in New Zealand…along with all of the other emergencies that didn’t make headlines, have all taken up our energy this week. We deal in emergencies every day of every week, and while we do our best to keep things compartmentalized, they tend to bleed over from one life into another.

So, how are you doing?

Maybe not doing so good?

Maybe not feeling like yourself these days?

It’s okay.

It’s normal.

What we do involves dealing with the grief and suffering of hundreds or thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people at a time. While we may not be right at the scene and dealing with it face to face, we are all human and it is normal for us to empathize with what people are going through. If the shit we deal with doesn’t affect you, then I’m not sure I want to work with you.

But know this: no matter what you are feeling right now, hope grows in our midst. With everything we do, with every plan we write, with every exercise we run, with everything we post that reaches even one person and makes them consider resilience; hope grows in our midst.

You are a part of that hope, and an essential part of that hope. Thank you for what you do.

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