Browning out your Friday plans!

Browning out your Friday plans…

Look closely and you can see a Zulu Cobra.

Look closely and you can see a Zulu Cobra.

Operational proficiency is easy when you are in the classroom and it doesn’t hurt. Remember, it all goes to poop once it hits the fan.

As a hard core pro, continue to train in adverse conditions.

Be safe peeps.

@rusnivek

Rain drops are falling on my head…

I’m no meteorologist, but I think this is a bad sign when clouds look like this. #fugly


Tune into your local National Weather Service (NWS) Office for more details about weather in your specific area.

There are 122 of them. All staffed 24/7.

They provide info. For free.

Reporting live and running inside now…

@rusnivek

Terrific to terrible weather in less than 24-hours

It’s still 2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!

Despite the spectacular summer weather we are experiencing today in March, it is likely that conditions can rapidly change.

While we see this today…


…we might see this kind of weather in the next 24-hours.

​​​Of course we need to be prepared for these types of situations so I usually have a few of these emergency panchos stashed away in my vehicle.

While not fashionable, they provide some refuge and partial coverage in case I or my fellow PIOs get caught in some severe weather incident – we are somewhat protected.

And yes, having more than one is advisable as you likely have other family, friends, and/or people that might get wet too.

For more info on how you could better prepare yourself for severe weather, check out the list of preparedness stuff from my friend Jana and her team at Ready.Gov on a kit or an family communications plan.

Be safe and dry peeps!

@rusnivek

 

 

YikYak now allows pictures! VoteUp right?

Breaking news: YikYak now allows pictures!

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For those that have not used it, YikYak is a social media mobile app on iOS and Android that allows people to anonymously create and view posts (aka Yaks) within a close proximity of the user. The Yaks that are posted can be voted up or down by other users which will propel them higher on the list of conversational threads. Many college and local high school kids are using this app as a virtual/digital message/corkboard.

Soooooo, is that a good thing or bad thing?

  • Good because pictures always help enhance information gathering.
  • Bad because…well…it’s anonymous pictures.
  • Bad because it’s anonymous.
  • Bad because it’s proximity…which means in order to use YikYak, you have to be close.

I bet you are thinking YikYak is all just fun petty stuff. But before you think it’s all just a playful game, think about the potential of menacing/bullying. Now think about it from the law enforcement side where we need to track anonymously posted information for evidence.

Ride the Yak.

Time is valuable, so Yak good stuff.

@rusnivek

Looting a Doritos truck in Buffalo

Weather seemed pretty bad yesterday in Buffalo.

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Supposedly 5ft – 7ft in a matter of hours!

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Conditions were so dire, people witnessed several dudes looting a Doritos truck that was stuck on Seneca Street.

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Oh the humanity!

@rusnivek

Test em if you got em! #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

It’s Friday in the fourth week of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Ahhh, Aloha Fridays!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Practice for an emergency

#26: Are ALL your emergency flashlights working? Test em if you got em! #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

Since it’s a beautiful day, I would be a great day to test all your flashlights.

A few weeks ago, I talked about having flashlights in case of an emergency. Now would be the time to test and make sure each flashlight is in working condition.

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Don’t forget about your helmet lights too!

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And for my friends in the law enforcement world, don’t forget to check all your weapon lights too.

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*I also had to change the batteries in my EOTech too.

Your preparedness actions now will definitely save you time during an emergency.

Reminder again, throw away all candles. Candles are dangerous and can start fires. Flashlights are WAY better for lighting.

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

@rusnivek

Free tips: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors #NWS #Lightning #safety

This week is National Lightning Safety Week.

It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe especially during thunder and lightning

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Here’s a few free tips you can use to prepare for severe weather like lightning:

  • At any hint of thunder and/or lightning, move quickly to a safe shelter area. Remember the phrase: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
  • Immediately postpone all outdoor activities for everyone…including adults!
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Break out your emergency preparedness kit and see if all flashlights are working. If not, get them in working order.
  • Charge all of your mobile devices including your cell phone now before the power goes out.

To get up to the minute updates during the Thunderstorm:

  • Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Weather Service.

And after the storm passes, take these precautions as you survey the damage around your house:

  • Do NOT touch downed power lines. Assume all lines are charged and dangerous. Call your emergency services to handle safe removal of lines.
  • Power out? Check the power company’s website from your mobile smart phone to see who else doesn’t have power here.

Feel free to share these tips with your neighbors throughout the year.

@rusnivek