In reviewing my comments from yesterday’s class, I am reminded how much our impact and influence we have as instructors.
This is the reason why we as instructors, educators, and leaders share our experiences.
Without a doubt, there are clear differences between people who read the slides vs instructors who are passionate about improving our field.
It is imperative that we continue to push the envelope as we train and exercise our nation’s public safety professionals. During an emergency or disaster, there is no second chance. The community’s safety is of the utmost importance.
Our dedication to our public safety constituents is neverending and we must strive to be ready for any situation.
Day-2 teaching at the Effingham County (Illinois) Emergency Operations Center on Preparedness for senior caregivers.
Great discussion from participants from all over the State of Illinois including various Emergency Management, Health Departments, Public Information Officers, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public works, communications, law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, and emergency medical services.
Great to share and continue to enhance the capabilities of communities across this great nation which include DHS/FEMA, but also our local/state partners, private sector, and all citizens.
As usual, we are all proud to continue build our Culture of Preparedness.
Starting out the morning in Illinois at the Effingham County Emergency Operations Center!
Glad to see sooooo many smiling faces here to learn about preparedness and science with our efforts to better prepare our public safety partners on winter weather hazards.
And sharing how critical the National Weather Service is to our daily response and every single Emergency Operations Center is essential for all professionals in any emergency. No matter where you are in the US, there is a NWS office to support your daily operations.
Sharing important information on the science of weather including how to discern these crazy charts, graphs, and data make it easier to understand how tough meteorologists have it when trying to forecast the weather.
And sharing real case studies and discussion the evolution of how response officials work together is critical for any community across this great nation.
Teaching at Effingham County helped me realize they got some really cool stuff here (aka Emergency Management toys resources!)
Special shout out to Pam and the entire crew at Effingham County EMA as well as everyone in Illinois Region-9.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at the next big one!
First week will be several NIMS/ICS courses for our County ESF-3 partners, few other Emergency Management courses for IL Region-9, and a Emergency Management/Health Department functional exercise w/ our CERT Teams for medication POD distribution.
Second week our office is hosting another FEMA G0289: PIO Awareness course and then a fun PIO Workshop at ABC7-Chicago on Friday.
Third week will be the FEMA G0290/G0291: Basic PIO Course and JIC/JIS course. Without a doubt a full class w/ wait list. Glad to finally nail this one for all of our partners in public safety, Cheers for Murray and Corey for championing this for everyone too.
Fourth week appears to be Christmas so likely yearly closeouts and wrap ups.
Yeowza. Honestly, I can’t believe 2019 is right around the corner.