In the last two jobs I held (prior to my current, wonderful job), I was issued a blackberry so that I could be reached anywhere and at any time. Which, frankly, used to crack me up. I'm in marketing -- what were they going to do -- contact me with a marketing emergency? ("Kathleen, sorry to bother you at 2:00am, but we need brochures and web content developed...STAT!")
I was reminded of this yesterday when I contacted my friend, Meredith, who lives in NYC to see if she was witness to any of the "plane crash in the Hudson" goings-on. (She is a special events planner at a hospital in Manhattan.) She said that she didn't see the plane, but that when anything like that happens, the hospital goes into lock down mode and that everyone runs to their command center. No one can leave in case they need people to assist. Makes sense for medical personnel...but as she said, "What the hell am I going to do? Plan a disaster party?"