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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Gold rain and hailstones

I was up all night on Monday manning the post of the disaster control center here in Seremban. There was a huge flood that day in certain areas. You didn't hear it in the news? Of course you didn't. No Datuk was involved. No one was killed. And no sex was involved. Only plain simple kampung folks.
This was my first experience on this type of situation. FYI, our office becomes the control center whenever disaster strikes. Read your Arahan 20. You're not in the Gomen? Fuhgedaboutit.
Anyways, I was lucky to have a first-hand look at the machinery involved whenever a disaster occurs. Not machinery as in your Caterpillars. The process and people involved. Sorry if I insulted your intelligence. It was intentional.
It's great to know how people take up responsibility in this type of situation. It involves a lot of hands and sheer commitment to handle disasters. In all honesty, I had the easy job of being at the nerve center. The people on the ground are the true heroes. Braving the high water and pouring rain to help out these people. Everyone plays a part. From the driver who brings in the supplies to the relief workers from Kebajikan who prepares piping hot tea for the victims, everyone has a role to play.
So maybe the Seremban floods wasn't that critical compared to other situations. Which is what it's supposed to be. I'm thankful no lives were lost. And that it wasn't any worse than it is. Only homes were destroyed. Homes can be fixed. Not lives.
In the end, everything was under control by 6 am. The water resided. It wasn't as bad as it started out to be. It was quite an experience. I know this will not be my last encounter of such a situation. And I will be ready when it comes around again.
I'm lucky to have some good people and a great boss to work with. When it's 3 in the morning and you're dead tired, you better have good people to hang around with. All in a day's work I guess.
I just wanted to end with something smart to say :P

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