Proud to have trained #EmergencyManagement and #PublicSafety for the Superbowl

Proud to have been a small part of the DHS/FEMA Incident Command training for all public safety professionals at the Superbowl today.

Have fun in Minneapolis…

…and most importantly, keep em safe peeps!



Mean people do not like severe weather warnings

Dear general public: Stop being mean to the National Weather Service, State/Local government public safety, and news reporters.

When “breaking news” occurs pertaining to safety, please adhere to the warnings put forth by the official sources.


Again, stop being mean!

Most reporters are generally nice and they want to report the facts.


For your protection, heed all safety warnings from official sources.



Sports heroes? Celebrities? Nope. These are the true heroes #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

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

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Who’s watching football on TV?

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

#27: Sports heroes? Celebrities? Nope. But these heroes will always come through in an emergency #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

Share with your entire family today what a real hero is like. Share your emergency plans with your entire family.

Friday night lights? Saturday College Football? Sunday NFL? None of that matters.

Look, you may not be famous…

…or get paid zillions of dollars per minute. Who cares!

Your preparedness and planning efforts will come back ten-fold because it’s your family. Family is everything.

Be your family’s hero today.



My notes from the webinar today #PrepPartners

I had an hour this afternoon to listen/participate in a Webinar.


What did I learn?

  • Physical equipment/barriers are great attention-getters for attendees.
  • Teach your participants to use simple objects to enact the most change (use during evacuation).
  • “See Something, Say Something” or “See Something, Do Something”.
  • Once temperatures reach certain thresholds, offer free cup water to anyone at any concession stand.
  • Buy-in from various All-Hazard agencies is key to working together. Even more important, having them attend your in-person briefings.
  • During a disaster: Safety agencies meeting for the first time = not so good.
  • During a disaster: Radio/phone to Radio/phone = OK.
  • During a disaster: Working together Face-to-face in the EOC = priceless.
  • Despite funny looking, Water Monsters (ie cooling stations) are VERY important.
  • At least 4 redundant radio communications needed for large scale pre-planned events. Amateur Radio is 5th line backup for regional comms.
  • No tailgaiting drinking at OSU games…I guess that’s why Browns fans don’t often attend OSU games early.
  • The timing of exercises is key and public perception and should always be considered.

Use the tips above to keep you and your peeps safe.

Special thanks to Columbus Public Health and Ohio State University for hosting.