I was routine business when a small tremor struck. I honestly thought it was yesterdays chicken parm gone wrong. While my peers were confused I called the command center and gave the word to stay put. Five minutes later we got the order to evacuate and I performed my duties and was the last person off the floor.
In such contingencies Federal Workers are to go to a predetermined spot. I wanted to grab a Knish at the cart along the way but got an earful from a peer. I performed my duties as per the training and a supervisor made sure the floor was clear. In the event of an injury I would have to stand by until rescue personnel arrived.
It is amazing how despite many drills we always seem to fail when the real thing happens. The top boss asked for the number to the command center and we went back to work. Funny but I had the foresight to make contingency plans for my interviewees.
I guess being blown up at the WTC twice, assorted Ferry mishaps, blackouts and industrial accidents have given me a cool response. We knew the quake was felt in Washington because people were on the phone with our counterparts when the quake struck.