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Re: Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2017, 02:30:41 PM »
"Allowed to do it"? I'm sure you've earned the right to do it, just by doing it well.

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Re: Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2017, 07:43:18 AM »
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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!
What's the first 3 things you do Monica when a alarn call gets in?

If you mean like a house fire, I get the details on the case - address, family name, how many adults, how many children, contact number, if the fire departments will need canteen support - and then I call the local caseworkers and get that info to them. Then I send a notice to my Volunteer Leadership Team, my boss, and some other staff members. Then I stay by the phone to send out further volunteers or supplies as needed by the team in the field. This is by far our most frequent activity because, nationwide, there is a home fire every 7 minutes. My territory averages 3 a week.

If you are talking about something bigger like a tornado or flooding, I make sure that we have shelters with staff ready to go if people are displaced, then I send out my damage assessment teams to get a read on the situation; areas affected, population, demographics, status of the utilities/roads/etc.

I send out the necessary notifications, and keep in contact with the local emergency management, mayors, county judge executives and partner agencies to see what they are doing and seeing so that we can coordinate response. Generally, the local officials will use our assessments because they don't have a lot of staff to do their own in some areas.

While all this is going on, I'll also be in contact with our regional staff to keep them up to date on activities and expenditures so that we can determine if we can handle the situation locally or if we will need to set up a disaster relief operation and bring staff and materials in. If it's a DRO, things can go many ways. Either I will be district director and will oversee direct services (sheltering, feeding, casework) or my disaster program specialist or volunteer partner will take over that position and I'll be moved to either Job Director or one of the Assistant Director positions, usually AD of Operations overseeing everything but Planning and Logistics. It just depends on how big it is and if it's more than just my territory. The bigger it is the more likely that I'll end up in the EOC in Louisville or mentoring other DPMs in their districts while my folks run things in the field. For smaller ones, I generally get to run things myself from Bowling Green.

That's when it's here in my home region, I often get deployed around the country to do various jobs like running Staff Services (that's getting people for a job, making sure they have hotels, and tracking them while they are on the operation, kind of like a travel agent and HR in one job) or running a district depending on what is needed.

I know that's probably way more than you were looking for, but I tend to get very Bono like when it comes to talking about disaster response. I can literally go on for days!
What an incredible interesting and important job. It must be very stressful yet gratifying at the same time. Hats off to you and others who are in your line of work.

It is an incredible job and I honestly can't believe that I'm allowed to do it. It's amazing!
I completely understand where you're coming from.

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Re: Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2017, 11:46:24 AM »
Working as a PA on film and music video sets I have some very memorable stories.
More recently I had the experience in Rajistan, India of not working, but volunteering with an organization called Animal Aid that takes in wounded/sick street animals.  I spent one day working with dogs that were paralyzed from spinal injuries and helping them exercise in a hydrotherapy pool.  Was a very moving experience because many of the dogs were obviously scared and you build a bond with them instantly as they learn to trust to you as you handle them.  On-site there are vets who are performing surgeries every day, but there was always a handful of walk-in volunteers who are untrained, but were able to help out by simply petting and caring for the over 500 animals- because as I was told on my first day, the most important thing these animals need is love and affection.  It was one of the most amazing experiences I had during my 10 weeks in India.

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Re: Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2017, 01:06:57 PM »
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Working as a PA on film and music video sets I have some very memorable stories.
More recently I had the experience in Rajistan, India of not working, but volunteering with an organization called Animal Aid that takes in wounded/sick street animals.  I spent one day working with dogs that were paralyzed from spinal injuries and helping them exercise in a hydrotherapy pool.  Was a very moving experience because many of the dogs were obviously scared and you build a bond with them instantly as they learn to trust to you as you handle them.  On-site there are vets who are performing surgeries every day, but there was always a handful of walk-in volunteers who are untrained, but were able to help out by simply petting and caring for the over 500 animals- because as I was told on my first day, the most important thing these animals need is love and affection.  It was one of the most amazing experiences I had during my 10 weeks in India.
What a wonderful, rewarding experience!

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Re: Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2017, 01:28:52 PM »
One time at my current job I changed to go to the gym upstairs on my floor came down to Tim McGraw's number one party in my gym clothes all kinds of people who are famous everywhere me in short short....very embarrassing

Another time at the amusement park I was singing Dishwalla Counting Blue Cars at the top of my lungs here comes Dishwalla with their will call passes bangs on the window and singer says do I get tonight off? Embarrassing!

Last fun story, at the Boot Store in my 20s wearing plastic leather pants why because they were wrangler and we sold them and I'm in my 20s it was cool.  So Kid Rock is playing an outdoor festival and I see him walking in the crowd in front of my store I wave he winks, as I go to lunch one of his assistants slaps a back stage pass on my Butt and says how would you like to come back stage for the kid rock show.  And I didn't go because I didn't really like kid rock and I was not allowed to leave work.  And I'm not really the groupie type. 

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Re: Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2017, 02:52:38 PM »
TV Meteorologist, Valet Driver, Security Guard, Pizza Delivery Driver

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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2017, 03:08:31 PM »
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TV Meteorologist, Valet Driver, Security Guard, Pizza Delivery Driver
If I could do it all again I'd ditch Music Business and become a metrologist or park ranger