Kudos to those who were savvy enough to figure out that I've been AFK for about three weeks - with the blog rolling merrily along on autopilot. Three things conspired to produce what readers saw: My blog service expired (my credit card number had changed and I hadn't updated the info for TypePad), I was very, very, very busy with volunteer work (my butt and sciatic joint are giving me fits from sitting, pounding on the keyboard so much), and it is Women's History Month. Thus, I left a slew of "wise" quotes of women.
We held a disaster training institute in Salina KS. Originally, we had 150 people signed up to take from 1 to 11 of the 34 sessions that were offered. Unfortunately, Kansas was hit with multiple wildfires a few days before the institute started. The fires included the largest, single wildfire in the history of the state. Translation: many of the people who had signed up to teach or take classes at the institute had to withdraw in order to serve on the disaster relief operation. That did not keep me from being busy. I spent much time preparing for the institute. Having taken my laptop with me, I spent 12-hour days sitting over it for three days - not to mention the time spent sitting in my car driving up and back. (Hunky Husband was to have taught a two-day class, but so many of his students had to drop out that we cancelled the class; thus, he did not go.) Back at home, I had to finish crediting everyone with the training they had taken and get a report put together on our event.
In the end, we had 24 instructors, 110 students (filling a total of 493 seats in classes), and a handful of support staff in attendance.
From the Wichita Eagle:
2017 March 8 - 4:29 PM
As I recall, winds gusted into the 70s (miles/hour) during a couple of days of the fires. It was reported that about 2000 firefighters worked the blazes in about 23 counties (Kansas comprises 105 counties). In Kansas (Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado had wildfires at the same time) thousands of cattle were lost, somewhat fewer than 100 structures were destroyed, and one person died as a result of the fires. The one death in Kansas was a semi-trailer truck driver who drove into smoke that covered a highway, tried to back out of the smoke, jack-knifed the tractor/trailer, and was overcome by the smoke when he exited his cab. A few cars plowed into the jack-knifed tractor/trailer, but occupants received minor injuries. Five died in Texas.