So here in the UK, Storm ‘Doris’ hit many areas hard in the last 48 hours. With 94 mph winds, it has offered some ‘challenges’.
Travel has been arduous and taken many hours longer than it should have. Damage to trees, cars and sadly people has been on the news and on everyone’s lips. Snow, torrential rain and howling winds have taken their toll – shutting roads, ports and bridges, and even grounding planes. Powercuts have spurred on resourcefulness (and cries of ‘where are those candles I bought for emergencies back in 1989?!’), and many parent’s sigh of relief that their children’s tablet has enough battery life to keep the ‘yunguns’ entertained.
It has been disruptive.
How do I know this? Well, firstly I live in the UK. Secondly, I saw it on Facebook and Twitter.
From my home office I saw rain and wind through the window, and popped my head out the back door occasionally to check that the fencing was still in place, and had to cancel plans last evening because a friend could not get home from London in time due to debris on train tracks.
I was incredibly lucky that I did not have to travel to work – or anywhere in fact. I worked from home as I often do.
It is when furies like ‘Doris’ hit that I am reminded how being an anywhere worker helps me to minimse time and risks of travelling in adverse conditions, and importantly – it helps me to keep in touch with people that are travelling so that I know they are safe .