Tsunami Drill in 33 Countries

This is a drill. On March 23, 2011, 33 countries, including locations in California and Florida took part in a Tsunami drill planned by NOAA. Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net “Wednesday’s simulated tsunami, scheduled for around 9:00 a.m....

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Part 2)

How important is having (being) good neighbors? Image: anankkml / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Yesterday, I told you about my neighbors. Thanks for humoring what seemed like a pointless ramble about religion, but I really did have a survival point, too. Some days I let my...

Won’t You Be My Neighbors (Part 1)

I live on a cul-de-sac. Our house sits dead-center. My backyard neighbors 6 yards, I can see 14 houses. It’s impossible for me to be a hermit. Though we spend the majority of our time in the backyard, it’s the neighbors in the circle we have relationships...

Warning: Praise, Accolades, and Gushing Ahead

An embarrassingly serious drill. This weekend, my city conducted its semi-annual disaster drill. This year we drilled for a flood, and I’m incredibly proud about how they did. I worked at Incident Command at the City level, and continue to be impressed at how...