November 5th, 2012 by Elizabeth Beskin
1-It is time I start to believe the hype about incoming storms. Sometimes they are correct.Â Iâ€™ll never go through a tunnel again without remembering the sight of the flooded Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.Â Kudos to Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg for leading us calmly and fearlessly.
2-Itâ€™s time to move to higher ground.Â Itâ€™s tiring getting evacuated once a year.Â My family in Connecticut all own their own generators. That wonâ€™t help on the 19th floor.
3-New Yorkers are always nicest in crises.Â I met the most wonderful people sharing cabs, bargaining with livery drivers, waiting on the bus line and sharing a power strip in Starbucks.Â We come together and help one another when it counts.
4-Facebook has improved communication in crises.Â Â This was the first crisis Iâ€™ve been involved in where Facebook was a major source of family communication.Â We found out who left town, what Fire Island looked like, who had showers, and who needed a hug.Â We shared sad pictures and humor and we have been able to help out friends in need faster than in times past.
5-New Yorkers are tough.Â When one way doesnâ€™t work, we find other ways.Â Â We band together to help our neighbors and we speak our minds when we think we are not being treated fairly. Staten Island was offended by the idea of the merriment of the marathon â€“ and Bloomberg listened.
6-Itâ€™s key to have a friend in the Police Department. Â After the crane collapse on 57th Street, we couldnâ€™t get into our office, but needed to, to access our equipment for the weekendâ€™s jobs.Â Detective Bueller and Sergeant Gardella could not have done more to help us.Â We were able to get into the office and get the equipment we needed. This was the result of Sergeant Gardella being a good friend of one of my dear friends, Alexis Fine DeAngelis of the Glazier group!Â Â Detective Bueller even helped us lug our equipment down the street!
7-I have the best friends in the world!Â This is not something I needed Sandy to learn, but itâ€™s always reassuring to see how my friends are always there to check in and give support, to offer a desk, a bed, a shower and laugh.Â I am eternally grateful.
8-I have the most amazing team.Â While I also did not need a hurricane for me to learn this, Sandy reaffirmed it in a big way.Â Camping out in Starbucks, strategizing how to get event galleries completed and YouBooth jobs fulfilled was a wonderful day.Â We each brought humor and skill to the tasks at hand.Â When the news came at the end of the day Friday that the marathon was cancelled and all our herculean efforts were for naught, Rylan and Beth went back to work managing the new information and informing the rest of our team.Â I am so fortunate to be working by their side and learn from them always.
9- After 25 years of marriage and a few crises beyond our control, my husband is the best partner I could ever ask for.Â I hold it together for a good period of time, but when I donâ€™t he is there to make the decisions and work together in a true partnership to get through.Â I am incredibly lucky and I am reminded often.
10- Some things work out the way they are supposed to.Â About three months ago, our top technician, Ron, told us he was getting married on November 3rd and asked us to use the YouBooth for his wedding.Â When the marathon booked three booths, we quickly began working on YouBooth version 3 so we would have an extra for Ron.Â We were close to it being finished, but Sandy got in the way and we were closed out of the office because of the crane.Â Â Ron understood of course.Â When the marathon cancelled, we had an extra booth and were able to supply it to Ron and Daphne!
All in all, there is always learning that comes from catastrophe.Â The government will be spending lots of time on how to improve New Yorkâ€™s infrastructure.Â Iâ€™m lucky to know that there is nothing I need to improve except my need to be in control.Â Because, are we ever really in control??