A PIO view on an overcast day here in Chicago.
PIO skillz in 3…2…1….
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
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
#DuPageCounty to discuss the extreme cold weather event tonight through Thursday.
All hands working!
Also, thanks for the briefing Ricky from the NWS Chicago!
Happy New Year everyone!!!
Good afternoon from the floor of the ABC7 studio here in Chicago!
A much more compact location, ABC7 does an excellent job in maximizing space in their main studio area.
Also got a chance to chat w/ a few reporters in the bullpen as we took the time to see how the TV magic (aka sausage) is made.
It was satisfying to see all the TVs and monitors in one of the control rooms. Soooooo many buttons to push….
I doubt they would let me touch anything in here.
It honestly intrigues me…isn’t the news room kinda similar to the EOC? Desk assignment is kinda like the Operations Section Chief (OSC) right?
As an example, the OSC assigns tasks to the single resources (reporters aka MMJs) and then they do stuff. The desk assignment editors listen and find out what’s going on around the area (aka situational awareness) right?
Then they send the appropriate amount of resources needed to cover their story. DUH! It IS a good example of ICS. And you know I was closely looking at what they were watching and listen into right?
Special thanks to the entire team at ABC7 for the tour of their crib! Great to see so many different pros at work and major kudos to those who take the time to create a great story and maintain the integrity of a journalist.
Looking forward to working together!
Morning meetings today with all the Chicago Police Department Communications Team at HQ!
Sharing some tips and news in workshop format about ongoing public safety operations as well as coordinated efforts will help all of us as PIOs. #PIAT
All the coordination enhances our ability to be a more prepared deployable asset to support other agencies of the like.
And for those wondering, the world of PIOs, PAOs, and ESF15 is very small. No matter the size of the disaster or hurricane, every good PIO knows other good PIOs.
Great to meet the team from CPD and looking forward to working with each other to support the mission of public safety for municipalities across this great country.
Special shout out to the CPD team Anthony, Tom, Michael, and Luis.
Me? Yep-proud to continue to serve so many great communities.