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Feb 11
2011
Jon McHatton

I'd Like to Buy a Vowel Please

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Yesterday we went through an emergency exercise drill dealing with a nuclear incident.  The exercise was a precursor to a State wide exercise scheduled in March.  As part of the event, I activated 5 counties in Arizona through mass texts and emails.  When our website conveniently decided to go "offline" we made it a part of our exercise and used our alternate methods.

Dealing with texts requires the user to communicate in short sentences using acronyms to relay updates and personnel and agencies involved such as; "SEOC activated PVNGP at 1550hrs."  Because our Chapters are emerging and some our very new to NIMS (National Incident Management System) and ICS (Incident Command System), I received replies that said, "please speak English" and "Do I need to learn Hebrew to understand?"   The one that brought a smile to my face was, "I would like to buy a vowel please!"  The individual followed up their text with an email stating that they now understand the purpose of the CEN Chapter Training.  We must speak the same language in order to respond effectively in emergencies.

This not only applies to NIMS but also JESUS!  Christians need to be able to speak the same message of faith, hope and love, focusing on the learned principles of biblical readiness as Ready Christians.  Want to learn more?  Sign up today at www.christianemergencynetwork.org and start the Ready Christian Learning Track.  You will be glad you did.

 


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