I was at my house in San Carlos, CA (Bay Area) getting ready to fly from SFO to Boston for a company meeting. I didn't usually listen to the radio in the AM but I turned it on for whatever reason.
I heard about the first plane and turned on the TV in time to see the second plane hit live.
I was thinking, holy shit, I don't want to get on a plane today and where are all my consultants. I had a 50 person global consulting team for a large software company. I called my resource manager to find out where everyone was and to make sure we tracked down every single person ASAP. It turned out I had 3 people in DC and 4 in NYC. We didn't know who was currently on a flight or exactly where everyone was.
I went to my office which was on the top floor of a building on the approach path to SFO. I was coordinating with the HR director and my one senior manager based in HQ on tracking people down. We were on the phone with the rest of my senior management team to divvy up the team to get hold of everyone voice to voice.
We we ordered to evacuate the building. Even though all US planes had been grounded, there were still flights from Asia inbound to SFO which they were going to allow to land escorted by fighter jets.
We did manage to track everyone down by mid afternoon and they were all ok. I had one guy at Fox News in NYC who was told to leave. Apparently the employees were given camcorders and told to get footage and all the contractors were kicked out and told they could not come back until notified. This poor guy couldn't get back into his hotel either so I gave him approval to get whatever he needed. Crazy day.
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