The final session I attended on Friday was very interesting. It was about being prepared for emergency situations. This was a panel style presentation and on the panel was someone from the Boston Marathon, the Calgary Stampede and someone from the PANAM Games.
This session was extremely interesting because it covered two events that faced major disasters in the last year and one very large event that is coming up that could have similar issues.
One of the most interesting parts of the stories we heard during this session was about the passion and commitment behind these disasters. How people refused to give up, how the support continues to grow and prove that the power of people is much stronger than you realize.
The Calgary Stampede was telling us that as the saying come “Hell or High Water” the Stampede will go on started to catch on they decided to have t-shirts made. They started with an order for 700 shirts by the time it was said an done they had printed and sold 160,000 of the shirts in three weeks. They even created a kids version that was “Heck or High Water”. Love it! And the best part is that they donated the proceeds from the sale of those shirts to the Red Cross. Do you know how much they donated? 2.1 million dollars!!
I always find it so interesting to learn from those that have been there and done that, rather than hearing from those are only anticipating what could or might happen. Hearing the emotion in their voices and seeing the real people who faced these challenges is such an incredible opportunity to learn from.
And something I truly enjoyed from this presentation as well is that Boston and Calgary both brought videos to show us. Such a great way to leave an impact.
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