6 | PEI.ORG | Second Quarter 2014
deals. Our ;rst new computer! Our ;rst printer! The
;rst TulsaLetter out! A check from the insurance
A little good news provides your staff with an extra
boost of energy. So celebrate and be thankful!
Like it or not, a disaster is one time when you really
do need help. If friends, colleagues and associates offer
assistance (and they will), don’t be afraid to say yes. You
literally can’t do everything by yourself. Don’t be proud—
One day, you’ll have a chance to “pay it forward”
and help someone else in their time of need.
Our best example? The friend who gave us our ;rst
temporary of;ce space had himself been the victim of a
;re that destroyed his home 20 years ago.
He knew what it felt like; he knew how
important help could be; and 20 years
later, he was thrilled to be able to pitch
in and assist us.
All of us at PEI can never repay the
many kindnesses that members and friends
offered in our hour of need. But I can guarantee
we’ll all be much more willing to help others out
in the years ahead.
In fact, that’s not a bad way to end your disaster
planning process. Once you’re back to 100 percent, give
some thought to how you can you aid others who might
face a similar crisis. That step will close the circle—and
open up a lot of joy.
Rick Long is general manager and associate general
counsel of PEI, as well as editor-in-chief of the PEI Journal.
“Like it or not, a disaster is one time
when you really do need help. If
friends, colleagues and associates
offer assistance (and they will),
don’t be afraid to say yes.”
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