Social Distancing and Preparedness

By now, we all know how well we did with preparing for this medical crisis. If you were one of the people that rushed to the stores to start buying toilet paper and food because the cupboards and shelves are bare, I wish you all of the good fortune that is available. One of my jobs in Human Resources and also in Operations was to manage safety and disaster recovery initiatives. The first principle of both initiatives was to get everyone involved to look beyond today and anticipate what could go wrong and make plans to either avoid the problems or prepare to get the operations back to a positive state. Combine this with comments from my parents and grandparents about the Great Depression, I have always made sure that I was always preparing to not be surprised by that next emergency.

I would encourage people to start thinking about what you can do at this point and throughout this crisis by thinking about your support network and your finances. Obviously, we all want to stay safe through social distancing and great personal hygiene, but we need to think outside of the box and determine who is available to provide help. Reach out to anyone in your network that can provide help. On-line may be our best option. I would also recommend the following website:

The other thing that I would suggest is that we all use our various networks to virtually discuss and develop solutions that will help others. The thing that seems to be missing in this crisis is effective communication, Facebook would be my last resort for information, Stay safe and let me know your thoughts.

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I have a BA in Psychology and a teaching certificate as a Special Education teacher. I have a MA in Student Personnel Services and I recently retired from my position as a Guidance Counselor. I have been active on advisory boards concerning disability issues for over 25 years. I also have over 25 years of business experience in Human Resources and Operations Management.

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