Even during a power outage, this still has to work! #NatlPrep

Even during a power outage, this still has to work!

So be a hero and change the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year.


When seconds count…Do it!

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.


Chirp chirp!

Be Ready and start here!


Friday talks with Ohio EMA leadership

It was great to spend some time with Ohio EMA leadership yesterday.


Discussion on community resilience, task force deployments, Presidential Declarations, key initiatives, outreach, training, EMAC deployments, stakeholder engagement, public information officer, Emergency Management visibility, social media, Public Assistance, SBA loans, documentation and reimbursements, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Public and Private partnerships…heck-we even touched on the buzz words for 2015: Climate change and Cyber.

For sure, lots of notes!

It is so great to hear OEMA Executive Director Sima Merick passionate about all facets of Emergency Management.


Also got a chance to hang with my Ohio EMA Training and Education peeps Lisa and Susan too. Solid discussion about the upcoming Mass Fatalities course (G-386), PIO Courses (G-290), JIC/JIS Courses (G-291), Intermediate Incident Command courses (ICS-300), and the Recovery from Disasters Course (G-270.4).

Lots of good free stuff upcoming from Ohio EMA!

BTW-If you did a double take on that first picture, yes sir Sur, #AlohaFridays are made for an Aloha shirt. Period. Also a historical note, Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

Don’t worry peeps, look closely as I had my Ohio pin on.

Have a great weekend!


Great quote by US AG Holder last night

Great quote from US Attorney General Eric Holder last night as he was interrupted by protestors in a church in Atlanta.


Photo credit: CNN

“There will be a tendency on the part of some to condemn what we just saw, but we should not,” Holder said. “What we saw there was a genuine expression of concern and involvement. And it is through that level of involvement, that level of concern and I hope a level of perseverance and commitment, that change ultimately will come.


Photo credit: CNN

Perhaps retool it a bit so every PIO has this canned message ready to go:

“There will be some that will frown upon what we just saw, but we should not. In fact, what we really saw there was a genuine expression of concern and involvement. Because, this is America…and that is what we do. We are a nation of change led  by engagement. By the people, for the people.”

I even included a little bit of the Gettysburg Address in there. #Merica

*cut*     *paste*     *print*    *ready*

You are welcome.


Did you do it? Are you safe? #SpringForward #preparedness2014

Did you do it? Are you safe? #SpringForward #preparedness2014


If you haven’t, then get on it right now!



Why should you have a working smoke detector?

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

Keeping my favorite peeps (that’s you) safe this Spring…