Happy New Year everyone!!!
Happy New Year everyone!!!
How in the world is it December already!
First week will be several NIMS/ICS courses for our County ESF-3 partners, few other Emergency Management courses for IL Region-9, and a Emergency Management/Health Department functional exercise w/ our CERT Teams for medication POD distribution.
Second week our office is hosting another FEMA G0289: PIO Awareness course and then a fun PIO Workshop at ABC7-Chicago on Friday.
Third week will be the FEMA G0290/G0291: Basic PIO Course and JIC/JIS course. Without a doubt a full class w/ wait list. Glad to finally nail this one for all of our partners in public safety, Cheers for Murray and Corey for championing this for everyone too.
Fourth week appears to be Christmas so likely yearly closeouts and wrap ups.
Yeowza. Honestly, I can’t believe 2019 is right around the corner.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m about to die.
Glug glug glug – I measured it w/ water and turkey in the pot.
So it’s a calculated amount of peanut oil in there.
Just to be on the safe side, I’ll leave a little room for turkey expansion.
Maybe my camera puts on more pounds. HA!
OK, my propane tank is as far away as I can get it.
Don’t think I want an explosion.
Then, in case things go bad, I got some protective gear.
Awww yeah baby! Warm AND protected!
And maybe, if things go bad, I can Hong Kong Phooey kick it into the grass away from the building right?
Time to gear up!
Thinking back, this was probably a good idea to wear my turnout coat and gloves.
Yeah, I think Chicago has had a big fire before.
Buuuuuuuuuuut why does my turkey look like its on a cross?!?!?!??!?!?
But first, lemme take a selfie…
…for proof of life.
Fire is on. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay hot.
What? Did you say drop it like it’s hot?!?!
Awwwww yeah, time to get crazy-let’s drop this sucker in.
Am I at the bottom yet?!?!!??! OMG! Why is this soooooo frickin hot!!!!!
Well, so far so good! I haven’t burned anything….yet.
I also took the time to clear away any brush and debris from the area. Also notice the brick non-wood sprinklered building next to me?
Additional information, I also had backup from a retired Fire Chief from the State of Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office right next to me. Despite a whole bunch of white helmets, it was definitely worth having a backup!
Did I have a backup plan? You know I did. First off, I would NOT have done this.
Second, if things got bad, I would have definitely called 9-1-1.
The last thing I need is my friends from CFD getting pissed. Tho, TBH, they would have made me fill out the NIFRS report.
And third, this was the backup plan.
Yeah, the IMT PSC and FEMA MCP comes out more often than you think.
So in the end, everything turned out great. Turkey was awesome and soooo delicious.
Few deep frying turkey tips for you:
This year, our family invited a few new Navy family and friends over for dinner.
Glad to spend Thanksgiving with those who protect our freedoms 24-7.
We all have much to be thankful for this year.
Find more emergency preparedness information and tips at www.ready.gov.
Speaking of my #preparedness pallet…I mean kit.
I hope all of you have your stuff ready. Half way through National Preparedness Month!!!!
#NatlPrep #SMEM #HSEM
So many state emergency management agencies have apps that can help you prepare. Here’s a fine example of the @scemd app that has tons of #preparedness info on #hurricane #nuclear #winter #snow #thunderstorm #wildfire #flooding #thunder #tornado #safety
No matter what part of the country you reside or work, be better prepared with these kinds of free apps available to anyone.
So many free things you can do to better prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster.
Guess what day it is……September 1st – the start of National Preparedness Month!
Follow along for a bunch of preparedness things you can do to for you, your family, and your friends.
Additionally, I’ll share a bunch of other posts from the home agency too!
It’s amazing to thing that August blew by and it’s already September!
First week kicks off National Preparedness month where countless public safety professionals will talk about well….preparedness efforts across our great country. AWESOME!!! Totes my favorite month! Additionally, I will be teaching the Basic PIO and JIC/JIS Course. You think I’ll work in a few preparedness things? You know it!
Second week is the full scale exercise involving local, county, state, Federal, USCG, and DoD assets. I will likely oversee the magic in the JIC as I will be serving as the PIO SME.
Third week will be the final week of my Master Public Information Officer class at FEMA Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg. Whohoo!!!!!
Fourth week will be planning for upcoming ICS-300 and ICS-400 courses as well as a few supplemental courses for our public works team (ESF-3).
Maybe there will be a moment for respite in October. Maybe.
Ahhh yes, August will be busy, but not.
First and second week I will be out of service (OOS)
Third week, will be in Region 5 as we will be discussing debris management.
Fourth and fifth week, popping that social media magic at the State of Mississippi and the State of South Carolina State Emergency Operations Center. Region 4 baby!
Likely a big announcement mid August so keep a keen eye open.
Yes, Fall is upon us so let’s get the mojo working!
As we close out 2018 SharkWeek, the moral of the week is really to always be on the lookout for bad stuff in disasters.
Easy in peace time, disaster response is tougher than it seems esp when you have to stay ahead of mis-information or fake news. Your ability to operate ahead of the game and be the true voice of your agency will be critical in your success.
Let me say that again, your ability to be ahead of the game is critical to your success in an emergency or disaster.
How can you always remain ahead?
Keep it real my peeps….stay safe this weekend.