Property Managers: Where Were You During the Tornado Watch Today? October 15, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow

Today I was walking back from lunch when the sky lit up, followed by a crash of thunder a few seconds later. The kind of thunder that gave you nightmares as a kid, but shouldn’t be too scary as an adult. Well, let me tell you that everyone was walking around bug-eyed.

As I walked into my office, the music coming through by headphones was interrupted by an alarm, buzzing and screaming, telling me to take shelter. A tornado was on the way.

I was sitting at my desk when the skies opened up. A few minutes later the rain had died down outside, but I could still hear the water rushing. I walked out into the hallway to find this:

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What do you do when life hands you lemons?

Property managers: where were you this afternoon? Did this happen in any of your buildings? How do you handle emergencies like this, and what do you do when they get out of hand? Let me know in the comments below.

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Next question: What if it was Saturday? My office building is lucky to have had dozens of people around to report the flood, but what if no one was here to see it?

How do you monitor your buildings so you can sleep at night without having to worry about this happening? Or do you just hold your breath until Monday morning whenever there’s a weekend rainstorm?

If you’re in DC, I hope your building held up better than ours did, and that the most expensive damage was to your shoes!

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When Samantha isn’t writing for the blog or managing our HR like a champ, she studies Organizational Psychology at George Washington University.