About an hour ago I called Tina Merritt, a fellow member of Active Rain. I needed help. Tina came to mind because I know she knows her area. Reading her posts taught me that.
I contacted Tina because I had a call from my brother-in-law in Connecticut. Bill is trying to find someone that was flying to Haiti and had a medical emergency in flight. The plane landed in Norfolk, VA and the passanger was taken to a hospital.
Bill is a pastor of a church in Wallingford, CT and has done extensive work in Haiti. The passenger taken sick is someone that was going down to Haiti as a volunteer.
Bill thought I might be able to help him locate the hospital where the passenger was taken. When you Google hospitals in Norfolk you will find several. I knew immediately that Tina would be able to give me the name of the closests ones. Sure enough that is exactly what happened.
It felt good to know that I had a resource that knew Norfolk. Once I realized that, I also realized that I have resources across the country including the special ones in Alaska and Hawaii. That is what Active Rain has given me and each of you.
REALTORS® know their area like few others. Think about it. They become our combination Yellow Pages and Google maps.
REALTORS® are the local experts...and you can call them when all the government and Chamber of Commerce offices are closed up tight for the night or week-end.
I also knew I could call Tina because I know that REALTORS® are helpers. That is what we do. We provide information and services. We problem-solve. There was no doubt in my mind that Tina would do what she could for me.
I was right.