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Reminder to keep reading

Despite a lack of free time, we as professionals need to continue to feed our brains, continue to read about past disasters, and learn from the gaps, and of course improve on the response to our ongoing situation.

Rats – I must find time to read more stuff!

So here’s a nice courtesy reminder of the streets: The Black Rat (aka Rattus rattus) is the species of the rat that carried #fleas infected with the bubonic plague.

The bubonic plague killed 75 million people worldwide from the 1300s to the 18th century.

While not exactly our current situation in 2020, the same dangers still exist and we need to be omnipresent of other impending dangers that could affect our communities we protect.

Rats, why did it have to be rats.


Woof what?!?

We woof you a merry Christmas…

Yeah, I’m still covering for a bunch of our staff in this holiday season.

Crossing my fingers that no news stations call for interviews tonight. Maybe I could give Kacy the interview. Besides, I am sure the news stations would love her camera presence better than me.

Besides, Santa seems to be the talk of the town this year as they track his path across the world thanks to our friends at NORAD.

If you need the link, follow their Santa Tracker magic along here: https://www.noradsanta.org/


Trying to get a few zoom smiles

As we continue down our online meetings, its tough to get to know people. While we are all fully immersed in our work activities, I am fully aware that our Federal partners from CDC and HHS as well as our state partners sometimes don’t really smile that much…or even have their cameras turned on during our coordination calls.

Well, I decided to change that today…with a little holiday spirit.

Cracking a few holiday Dad Jokes usually brings a smile to a few faces.

Glad to be in the middle of this vaccine distribution with our partners as their collaborative work on critical messaging, response actions, and on social media have been spot on.

Working the holiday magic as we continue to share the message of

Wash your hands

Wear a mask

Keep 6ft apart

Avoid large holiday gatherings

And of course, keep it small this year…so we can have a big celebration next year.


Protection from COVID during this holiday season

Your best protection from COVID will be a combination of getting a COVID19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6ft away from each other’s, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often.

No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic.

Learn about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination so you’lll be ready when a vaccine is recommended.



Covering and hoping people are being safe

This week is the final week before the big Christmas holiday. Many families are on the move as they travel to their extended families homes for the Christmas celebrations.

TSA is reporting larger numbers as we surpass the pre-COVID traveler numbers at airports.

I wonder if people are flaunting their COVID fatigue. Their IDGAF to Coronavirus.

I CAN tell you that this is the kind of activities that put others in jeopardy…so please reconsider your options.

As we push out our reminders and pleas to the general public, we want them to be cognizant of the ramifications of their actions.

Most importantly, we want them to make to Christmas.

Don’t believe me? My Mother, Father, and Daughter have all tested positive for COVID. I’d like all of them around for many more holidays. Please.


Santa has now entered the chat…

For those wondering how Santa is doing, it seems that despite the COVID hit, the North Pole IT sector has made it possible for him to still outreach to kids of all ages.

Proud to have Santa call into our house to verify if we made the naughty or nice list.

While it’s not perfect or ideal, this Santa interaction is priceless for so many kids out there who are abiding by the strict household restrictions to protect those on Christmas Day.

Glad that everyone in our family is of the same mindset.

Looking forward to a safe happy holiday szn!