I’m sure we are eager as to know what wisdom we can excerpt from the muster point in this ‘’stay at home’’ Warrant type of Pandemic, so we are advised to plug in our seat belts and enjoy the ride.
According to a published article by (EDET, 2018) a muster point is described as the safest place during emergency, where every occupant of the Job premises are expected to assemble for head count before rescue operation is initiated if necessary. We can deduce three major points from the above mentioned definition, and they will form the epicenter of our discussion.
The first phrase which will be considered is safest place, a sanctuary sought of, this describes a place void of all kinds of danger or the cause for alarm, it`s like where the Jewish victims sought refuge during the era of the holocaust which was termed safe houses, (slier et al 2008).it is practically out of reach from the hands or even capacity of the ravaging danger or threat. Now relating this precept to our present predicament, what and where would we say would represent a ‘’safe house” that assures us of optimum safety and security from this sinister virus? Is it Aso rock? Maybe, the Barracks? Absolutely no! surprisingly it is our HOME, what the majority already has, irrespective of our class in the society we can all boast of a place we call home, it was William J Bennett who said and I quote ‘’ home is a shelter from storms- all sorts of storms’’ and guess what, this viral and virulent storm is not an exception. We must all resort to our homes as the cheapest but most effective means to ensure not just our safety but the safety of others.
But will just sitting at home really be of aid in this time, definitely not, this will now introduce us to our next salient muster point point, extracted from the aforementioned definition is ‘’head count’’ . it describes a core procedure carried out in the muster points where all workers present in the workplace are accounted for in the muster points, so the muster point doesn’t just afford your own safety but also takes into cognizance “who needs help?’’ how best can we help without endangering ourselves etc. This from a bird’s eye view can be seen as communication which in my words is the salt of human existence, but in this case it stretches beyond interaction with those in our home or digitally with our loved ones, to involve any form of healthy, spiritual and intellectual engagement that will help fumigate our mental environment from every nook of fear, panic and negativity whilst pervading it with scents of positivity and hope which has been the rudder that drove us through the storms of previous pandemics and other life challenges.
And now our last extract from the above stated definition would be “rescue operation” , in the context of a Muster point, yes! it is a safe zone but sometimes it is still within an eye reach of the danger zone, so workers may require a total conveyance out of that location although may not be necessary as stated in the definition. But our precept about this extract will be in the context of rescuing ourselves from whatsoever might jeopardize our safety in the muster point, and this I feel is definitely indispensable to sustain life, BREAD as stated in the Bible. This signifies our source of livelihood. So if necessity warrants that we leave our muster points so as secure our daily bread we must not focus on the snake and lose sight of the scorpion, (Egyptian proverb) this explains caution, that we must cling to the company of social distancing, while ensuring frequent use of sanitizer and the salient practice of good hygiene. By so doing we would have not only survived in this period of Pandemic but we would thrived through and beyond with our friends and loved ones.
GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU TRUST IN HIM.
Ugwu Terrelbasil Onyekachi
Media/Publicity Dpt., HSEAI