Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Holy Earthquake Batman!

5.8 on the scale...never have I ever felt anything like it...I mean my husband rocks my world now and then with his handsome self, but this was on a different level, the room literally shook and the light fixtures were flying around the room for a good 15-20 seconds.  I was in a meeting on the third floor of Building 1...it took us a little while to realize what was happening and then we all just froze and looked at each other, not having a clue as to what we should do, or how we should react. How many Ivy League degrees does it take to know how to react in a natural disaster situation?  Someone finally went into the hall (we were in a room without windows, about 15 of us, we've been locked in there from 8:30-4:30 since last Monday - ouch) and saw that folks were leaving the building and then the alarms and PA system kicked in and advised us that due to the recent earthquake activity we should leave the building immediately and make our way to our assigned emergency meeting spots.

We all hung out in the parking lot for a good hour, finally made our way back inside, and then 45 minutes later they cleared the buildings again, and we were all sent home! A day to remember - that is for SURE. I find it amusing that DC is getting all the press, but Richmond and Charlottesville were MUCH closer to the epicenter of the quake.  It was a tad unnerving not being able to reach the girls preschool, but Brad finally got through on a Land line, and he and I were able to communicate via Blackberry Messenger, but mobile calls weren't going through.  The woke the girls up from their naps and they evacuated the building, all the kiddos were able to play outside in the beautiful weather we are having, no complaints from them, but the teachers seemed to be a little frazzled this afternoon when I picked them up. And of course...Irene has her sights set on us this weekend...hang on!

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