Mike Megna and Dr. Joan Richardson hosted the all-campus hurricane meeting this afternoon. As one might expect, there was a good crowd. One of the speakers was a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, and he was armed with all sorts of scary facts and figures about the 2005 season, the records that were broken, the costs that were incurred, the damage that was done. I was on campus during Rita, but had the “wisdom” to evacuate my wife and two young kids to safety well inland…in Jasper (100 mph winds, eye went right over them. I’ll never live that one down.) There was one image from the weatherman’s presentation that has stayed with me, an aerial of a neighborhood not too much unlike my own out on the west end, before and after. I’ll probably take an extra couple of seconds to enjoy the salt breeze and watch the sunset tonight. If (when?) I find myself returning to a handful of pilings and rubble some day, I want to remember that breeze and those skies. If you missed the meeting, the next Impact will be the annual hurricane issue. The Emergency Plan has also been updated, and remember you need to get in your updated employee acknowledgement forms.