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October 30, 2012 10:40AM The east coast of the United States has taken a pounding and it’s so early in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that damage estimates are of no value. All that matters right now is keeping people safe. A part of making that happen is to start the process of making property functional. That means getting the train cars off the highway in New Jersey so that emergency vehicles can pass, pumping sea water out of tunnels and subways in New York and, more than anything, restoring electrical power so that the heavy work of restoration and the critical care of those in need can be done.
Heroes are everywhere. They are the city workers who came out in gale force wind and rain to cordon off the area around that dangling crane. (That’s the crane in the picture, courtesy of Joe Rosenberg.) They are the police and firefighters who helped people to evacuate. And, of course, they are the entire army of first responders, like the Coast Guard helicopter crew who rescued 14 of the 16 crew members of The Bounty about 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, NC, again in gale force winds.
What makes all of that happen is leadership. Watch and listen to the President, governors, mayors and captains of the first responder teams and you will hear the kind of leadership that saves lives and property and gives hope to everyone. If you want a lesson for yourself from this terrible ordeal, think about what those who look to you for leadership want and need from you, even when there isn’t a hurricane outside your window.
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