1. A great support system will always weather any storm. No matter where your support system is, whether local to you or out of state, lean on them in times of trouble. That’s what good friends and family do for one another. Matter of fact, it was a good thing we did have a support system out of state because we relied on them to check the internet school closure updates.
2. You should never be too proud to take help from your community. We had just come to the conclusion that we were making the call to schedule time at a local restaurant/resort for a free shower. Ehrhardt’s was offering free showers to include the toiletries as well as 50% off going room rates for those displaced by Sandy. It doesn’t get much more helpful than that!
3. Dinners by candlelight are so overrated, but playing Candy Land with your kiddos sure isn’t! Do I really need to explain this one???
4. Giving back to those in need is always a great way to say “thank you.” That’s why I have offered my services – 3 FREE hours of work for those hit my Sandy. It could be as simple as calling customers back to reschedule their appointments for a later date/time or assisting with email management. Whatever the administrative assistance may be, I’m willing to help out.
5. Having absolutely no electronics available really is a blessing in disguise. Truer words couldn’t have been spoken. Although I lost touch with the outside world for a bit, it was actually kind of nice. I needed the break. I often wonder if we are too dependent on electronics these days. While they are great luxuries, I’m still not convinced they are a necessity. I did have my cell phone for emergencies, but when the battery went, well…silence was the peace I was craving.
6. Your clients will understand. And if they don’t, are they really the type of client you are after? Need I say more????
7. Creativity is paramount! With no heat and a fridge full of food getting ready to spoil we needed some creativity to come up with dinners to eat…in the dark. It’s truly amazing what people actually have in their cupboards when they are forced to look. Because we got so creative (and I’m not saying they were the healthiest dinners) we only lost a ½ gallon of milk! The kids had fun and so did the adults making the meals.
What did you learn from Hurricane Sandy? I would love to know. J