Severe cold weather is here with wind chills at…

Holey moley it’s frickin freezing Mr. Bigglesworth!

Am I the only one out here? Hello? Hello? Anyone? Anyone?

Well, I dressed appropriately. If you were wondering, my OOTD was this.

Yaaaaaaaaaaasssssssss!!!! PPE! PPE! PPE!

So how cold is it?

Yikes. Is that right? 🥶

The wind chill is -50ish, however some of my electronic devices aren’t working quite right.

What does it feel like?

Reporting live from the planet Hoth

Everyone’s doing it! #Winter #Weather #Preparedness

Initiate #Disaster #preparedness!!!!

Yep, that’s the ever popular and infamous #bread #milk #eggs 🤣

Now what the heck am I supposed to make with this stuff?!?!?

❄️

@rusnivek

Cold weather prep and our strong partnership with NWS Chicago

On the ready! So many things happen behind the scenes as Emergency Management Pros continue to plan and coordinate in prep for the severe cold weather inbound to our area of responsibility (AOR).

Our rock solid partnership with the National Weather Service Chicago continues to shine as we share information to our partners as well as the general public. Incorporating additional info like the Frostbite vs Hypothermia fact sheet from CDC is a bonus as we look to temps falling into the mid -20s with the windchill to reach -50 to -60.

Yikes is right.

If all predictions are correct, the forecasted temperatures are historic lows.

Our staff is currently conducting a conference call with police, fire, public works, and emergency management agencies within to discuss the extreme cold weather event tonight through Thursday.

All hands working!

Also, thanks for the briefing Ricky from the NWS Chicago!

@rusnivek

 

As we prep for the extreme cold weather #EOC

As we prep for the upcoming extreme cold weather, I am so proud of our staff at DuPage County OHSEM.

So proud to see our EOC readiness levels all blued out as we continue to serve our communities through incredibly cold winter weather.

Yep, we’re all in.

Keeping our partners informed and working the Emergency Management coordination is the magic behind the scenes we hope not to have to use.

While we are prepared to handle anything, I hope we have to handle nothing.

@rusnivek

 

Doc-May we all try to emulate your dedication to the mission

Doc!

Your contributions to the safety of our country is immeasurable. It is because of your dedication to preparedness and national doctrine that we are better, stronger, quicker, and faster.

May we all try to emulate your dedication to the mission.

I have great memories as do so many others from other agencies. You will be sorely missed my friend.

Till the next selfie op…

<Sadness>

@rusnivek

Comms training today w/ the staff

Communications is constantly brought up in most after action reviews (AARs) and improvement plans (IPs) after a disaster, emergency, or exercise. Agencies across the US have tons of money into comms, but we often find pros that don’t exercise with their equipment causing gaps in messaging and worse yet, sharing of information.

How do we solve that?

We train.

We use review basic principles and work through some challenging situations.

What may seem like a fairly easy situation, can easily turn into something more complex in a matter of minutes.

Train like you fight right?

My peeps are ready. Are yours?

@rusnivek