Emergency Management and Disasters for Glendale Heights’ Leadership #EPIC

Back in Illinois with the team from Glendale Heights – good morning everyone!

Today, our Emergency Management Agency is bringing the heat as we talk about Emergency Management, crisis and how the magic works…esp during a disaster Starting out the morning welcome with Glendale Heights PD Police Chief Douglas Flint.

To start the morning off, I am honored to share the Incident Command System (ICS) to the leaders and directors from Glendale Heights and beyond.

(Truth be told, I kinda like being the opening act.)

I tailored the ICS part of the class to match the audience. Illustrating the need for ICS as well as the true responsibility in a disaster is critical esp for our peeps!

Our partners like Glendale Heights deserve to get the best info when providing for their community. And when the big one hits, they want a seamless working environment to operate.

Emergency Management = the perfect answer as we collaborate and coordinate with our all-hazards partners to provide resources, staff, etc….

Trust me, when the big one hits, the small stuff counts.

After lunch, we went over the Illinois law re: Emergency Management (301), talked about weather decision modeling, plans, crisis communications, and COOP/COG.

Check out Craig! He can turn on the charm when talking about COG!

Outstanding day with Glendale Heights leadership. Proud to work closely with our partners and leaders here.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s tabletop exercise.


A great resource in the community? City council? Start with your Safety Chairperson #NatlPrep

No matter where you are, big or small, your city council is a great place to start to learn more about your community.

Engage your community’s council members & safety committee chairperson.They can provide valuable insight to emergency plans #NatlPrep

@rusnivek and my city’s Safety Committee Chair

It is highly likely that they are active members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) too. Whoop whoop!

For more information, check out www.Ready.Gov‘s free info on CERT here.



Do you know your hometown? #PlanAhead now #NatlPrep

This week we focus in on how we plan to help our neighbors and community. Yes, your own community.

Learn more about local government and how your hometown provides service before, during, and after an emergency. #NatlPrep

Me and the Mayor of my hometown!

By getting more involved in local government, you can better serve your community and ultimately your neighbors. Trust me, in the past few months, I have talked to my neighbors a ton on preparedness efforts and general safety measures.

#PlanAhead and be neighborly.



During an emergency, stop taking pictures too close!

Probably a good time to share reminders on taking pictures DURING an emergency. Like this guy.


This was from the Crocker Park gas explosion from March 2016.

Look-just make sure you are aware of the seriousness of the incident. This one was serious.


IMHO, I think he might have been standing a bit close huh?

For the entire video, check out the WEWS news story here.

Reminds me of the 2002 Libby x Lee gas explosion I was at.


Be safe peeps!



Calling Hours and Funeral Service for retired Shaker Heights Fire Lt Shaun Probert

For those inquiring about Shaker Heights Fire Lt Shaun Probert funeral details, see below.


Calling Hours: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Di Cicco Funeral Home
5975 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124


Funeral Service: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Di Cicco Funeral Home
Service begins at 11:00 a.m.
Cemetery: Acacia Park Cemetery
1880 SOM Center Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Reception: Lyndhurst Community Center (after the Funeral)
1341 Parkview Drive
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

SHAUN D. PROBERT, age 45. Retired Lieutenant Shaun Probert passed away Saturday after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Shaun retired from the Shaker Heights Fire Department in May of 2010 due to his illness. Beloved son of Evelyeen and the late Charles, dearest father of Becky, Jessie and Katie; loving fiancee of Debbie (nee McNellie); dear brother of Todd (Laura); uncle of Jonathon and Danielle; special friend of Debbie’s children Brooke, Spencer and Jensen. After retiring from the fire department, Shaun did not leave his commitment to serving people; instead, Shaun set out on a track to raise awareness for debilitating neuro-muscular diseases. Shaun worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and traveled speaking to individuals and firefighters about the importance of raising awareness to help find a cure for these diseases. His travels eventually took him in 2012 to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) National Convention in Philadelphia. There he spoke to thousands of firefighters from around the nation. The International Association of Firefighters then named him the IAFF MDA National Spokesman. Shaun has touched many lives and many people throughout his life. Shaun will be dearly missed. Funeral service 11 am Thursday November 7 at the funeral home. Interment Acacia Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at THE DiCICCO AND SONS FUNERAL HOME 5975 MAYFIELD RD. MAYFIELD HTS.,(at Lander Rd.) WEDNESDAY 2-4 AND 6-9 PM.