Never turn your back on a shark #SharkWeek

You never want to be caught unprepared…esp during a disaster.

That’s why so many Emergency Managers push so hard on preparedness efforts during SharkWeek. So many of you are invested to learn more about sharks. But the same drive and interest can be applied to disasters and preparedness.

In fact, many of the preparedness efforts remain the same for both. Like first-aid kit, tourniquet(s), etc…

  • Like sharks, disasters can happen at anytime.
  • Like sharks, the aftermath is terrible.
  • Like sharks, a disaster usually ganders lots of media interest.
  • Like sharks, everyone wants to take a picture of a disaster, but it’s kinda dangerous AmIRight?
  • Like sharks, disasters don’t happen frequently.
  • Like sharks, disasters don’t travel alone (ie Thunderstorm -> Heavy rain -> flooding).
  • And like sharks, disasters don’t care about feelings or “coulda/shoulda”

So be better prepared for any kind of SharkAttack…I mean disaster by enhancing your preparedness kit with a tourniquet. Because you’ll never know when you have to deal with a shark attack.

Continue swimming along but make sure you know where and how to use your tourniquet.

I’m not saying that sharks hide under desks, but sharks and disasters are sneaky and crafty with malicious intent.


P.S. I don’t think they have lasers on their forehead yet…

August is going to be tight!

Can’t believe it’s August already. Seems like summer just got here!

First week: COOP class and functional exercises as we prep for upcoming activations. COOP-a-Roop baby!

Second week we got another ICS-400 class then an activation for the BMW Classic PGA tournament. My position? Deputy Intelligence Branch Chief and PIO (I know, you are shocked huh?)

Third week will be back-to-back-to-back with a debris class, Basic PIO class, and JIC/JIS class.

Fourth week, I’ll finally get to take that NDPTC flooding Course at our office. Lord knows how much flooding we’ve had across the country including Illinois.

A busy month indeed with tight schedules in 5, 10, and 4. Not much room for error but hoping to make the magic happen for our public safety partners.

Hope to see you out there.


TacoTuesday and I’m hangry already!

Sometimes people stress eat. And sometime people just get real hangry. Either way, being hungry isn’t a good situation.

Speaking of hungry, it’s #TacoTuesday.

That’s why today might be a good day to assess your options in your preparedness kit or else this….

I don’t need you mouthing off to me. If you had the time to prepare, I will not be responsible for your hunger pains. So take a good look at your preexisting kit.

Double check for expiration dates.

Always consider packing fresh snacks. #SNAX

Hot sauce always works (I keep a big bottle of Sriracha in my desk at work and in my deployment kit).

Some favorite beverages will compliment that dry granola bars.

Sporks work well in a kit.

Can/bottle opener is equally important.

Maybe even refreshing your MRE cache…making sure you have the right flavor is totes important.

Let’s be real honest, once you review your preparedness kit, you’ll always revamp a few other things too.

So don’t delay, double check your preparedness kit today!


Take a bite out of worrying in disasters #SharkWeek

Take a bite out of worrying.

Don’t forget to pack games for your kids. It will help occupy time as you are stuck in traffic or waiting for stuff to happen.

Additionally, simple games like this could help adults pass the time…and yes, I just transported you back to your youth.

Also gives you approval to give advice on love, career decisions, etc…

So get your origami on and pack it in your preparedness kit today!


Day-2 of the new 2019 ICS-400 course

Day-2 of the new 2019 ICS-400 here at the Illinois Air National Guard.

Working through the new capstone class activity on an incident complex with everyone here…on Aloha Friday.

Lots to do between State, County, and city agencies during a Cat-2 Hurricane strike. Priorities and impacts are critical decisions that needs to be addressed by all participants.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the first rollout of the new 2019 ICS-400.

Proud to serve those who protect the best country in the world.

Now use your ICS powers for good!