This summer Ötztal was hit by a terrible thunderstorm series while we were holding a meeting with 150 participants. Due to a widespread power blackout in large parts of Tirol, the entire valley was shut down in one fell swoop and the traffic routes were also closed for several hours. Due to the automatic safety precaution system all the doors were opened and suddenly the Carat was taken over by stranded hikers and thus became an emergency shelter. From this point on, all we had to do was act quickly, calmly and sensibly. We ran through wind and weather to do everything we could, cared for injured people and wrapped babies in warming blankets. In such situations you simply realize that not only knowledge and skills are needed, but above all common sense is the key to success.