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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2005
8 METAL Casting Technologies March 2005 Lessons from the Tsunami he 26th of December 2004 my family and I were on holidays in Phuket Thailand, sitting around the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn at Patong Beach looking forward to a quiet day of sun and fun. As you know, the rest is history now, with many killed and injured. My family and I survived the tsunami because luck was on my side that day. We had discussed and decided that we would just stay together around the pool as a family for the morning. From the disaster I saw and met many people all of whom had been affected by the tsunami in some way. So, I would like to pass on one very simple thing that could help all who read this message: To save you all the heartache and suffering that many people went through that day and the days which followed. When you go on holidays with your family always pick a place that you can meet at or make contact if you are separated. So many people and families on the day of the tsunami had all gone their own way to do their own thing. When disaster struck they were lost. I met one fellow Australian who was sitting next to me at the pool when the tsunami hit. He lost is wife and daughter and couldn't find them for 8 long hours. They had gone to look at a temple up in the hills and had not been hit by the tsunami. They were both unsuccessfully looking for each other. They did not have a meeting point. This idea extends to our work place -- we should all have an emergency evacuation assembly point. My second tip is to ensure you have a basic first aid kit when you travel. When I packed my suitcase for this trip I packed a first aid kit for the first time and we all needed some basic first aid that day to clean and cover the cuts we had sustained. I hope this short story of my family's brush with disaster will help you all whether it is at work or at play. There is something we can all learn from this tsunami disaster. I would like to thank all the people who made contact with me by mobile phone or SMS to see if we were all safe and well. Tod Morgan - National AFI President T Tod Morgan - National AFI President AUSTRALIAN FOUNDRY INSTITUTE -- NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Date: October 23-26 Venue: Panthers World of Entertainment Contact: The Secretary AFI NSW Division Inc. Locked Bag 30 Bankstown 2200 Email: email@example.com Website: www.afinsw.asn.au MOLTEN ENGINEERING SYDNEY 2005 36th AUSTRALIA FOUNDRY INSTITUTE NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2005