re·sponse (rəˈspäns) noun; a reaction to something.
Of course, you don’t need me to read a dictionary to you for you to know what “response” means. Especially disaster response.
I share this simple definition as a reminder and an acknowledgment that whether you serve part-time on a business continuity team, full time as a firefighter or anywhere in between … you are a responder.
It’s why during a crisis … ‘they’ go that way … and we go this way. Towards the incident.
As I tell my students … if it weren’t for people like them (victims and non-participants of all kinds of disasters) … then there wouldn’t be people like us.
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