Just like today, seven years ago it was a blue and sunny day in Arlington, VA., just minutes from the Pentagon, where I lived at the time. I couldn't have imagined what would unfold that day.
Today, I live in Houston, and just like that day seven years ago, a storm is brewing just out of sight. Of course, this time it is Hurricane Ike that is bearing down, and again, I have no idea what to expect over the next 48 hours.
Except for one thing.
I know that in the aftermath of the storm, the Red Cross will be there.
I have shared my personal story today on the Red Cross Chat blog, I hope you go over, give it a read and share your own story or thoughts.
And, I would also urge you to give to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Every large hurricane costs the organization about $50 million. Even just a small donation helps.
I will head there now to donate, then spend the rest of today and tomorrow battening down the hatches.
Also, for more hurricane resources you can check out www.hurricanewiki.org, which was set up by Andy Carvin, National Public Radio’s senior product manager for online communities. My client, Network Solutions, has provided the hosting and the domain names and dozens of volunteers have organized themselves to help set it up.