Prepped Earthquake message and coordination of public safety

After a long Monday, seems like having preplanned preparedness messaging WITH specific safety messages was important…esp w/ the 4.0 earthquake. Yep, that’s a 4.0 earthquake that just reminded NE Ohio – no one is immune.

So don’t forget to plan for these kinds of emergencies.

Obv, I did. You should too.

In the late afternoon, there were reports coming out from NYC of a helicopter crash. This kind of complex response allows Emergency Management to showcase their skills as a coordinating entity for our partners in public safety.

You see, long after the sexy response phase, we have the investigation w/ the NTSB. Then of course we have to move to recovery including the recovery of the wreckage. While easy when on the ground, MUCH more difficult when high atop a building in a dense metro area.

Just another reason Emergency Management does it all.

@rusnivek

Debris on a Friday!

Friday morning in the Baltimore! Yep-here to share some knowledge about Debris.

A fine welcome from Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management Chris!

Glad to see various disciplines represented here as we continue to discuss recovery.

As you know, recovery is the toughest part of any disaster and these pros are dedicated to working the magic for their own communities as well as their surrounding communities too. OUTSTANDING!

Lots of group work to concrete the points down as we assess our options post disaster.

Openly talking about resource challenges as well as staging and prioritization are important discussions to have prior to a disaster. Emergency Management is the best agency to navigate this challenge and work to coordinate response/recovery actions.

Collaborating under bright lights classroom is the best way to work out challenges…but if you got time, maybe a few exercises to test and evaluate performance of these plans.

Train AND exercise. You gotta test the plan right?

Special thanks to the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management for the opportunity to share our successes in disasters.

Looking forward to working with all of you in the next big one.

@rusnivek

DuPage County partners w/ OHSEM to lead the way with Outdoor Weather Event & Planning TableTop Exercise

As our office continues to work the magic for all of our partners in public safety, today we continue to rollout the new Event Ready Weather Decision toolkit that helps any agency with critical command decisions.

Our office has worked closely with the National Weather Service Chicago in developing this process.

And of course to pair with the class, we have a Outdoor Event Planning TableTop to help concrete the points to all participating agencies.

Not only developing, but making sure that the information is compliant….

…like HSEEP compliant TableTop exercise compliant.

That’s right – welcome to the #EmergencyManagement pros!

Success? Does it work? Hellz yeah it works! Just ask Lombard’s PIO Avis Meade who used this planning guide for their 2019 Lilac Parade.

Their actions based on NWS Chicago data and critical command decisions likely saved lives as severe weather rolled into the area with an exposed and completely vulnerable population.

Let me say that again, the planning and preparedness efforts from everyone in Lombard saved lives.

Let me translate that for you (think FEMA Core Capability): Sharing good info (Intelligence and Information Sharing), working closely with local, county, and state partnerships (Operational Coordination), and known trusted information (Public Information and Warning)

Decisions made in advance with partnerships with the local National Weather Service can save lives?!?!? YES IT CAN!

In Emergency Management, our decisions are collaborative and based on a combination of historical data and past industry practice. This is what Emergency Management is all about. Repeat after me: Planning and Coordination. Planning and Coordination.Planning and Coordination.Planning and Coordination.

I am proud to be a small part of many agencies doing the right thing for communities across this county and this great country.

Me? You know, I’m always willing to serve.

@rusnivek