June 2015 turned out to be pretty crazy…and July 2015 has crazy-town written all over it.
First week: I’ll be working on a few things for NW Ohio and their recent flooding. Most likely Public Information Officer response stuff. At the end of the week/weekend, I got a special project with Cleveland Police K-9 Teams, SWAT, Bomb Team, Air Unit, and Mounted Units. Finally back in Region-5!
Second week: I’ll be teaching the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Basic Public Information Officer’s Course and Joint Information Center/System in Medina County. Working the PIO magic for the state!
Third week: I’ll be teaching a weekend ICS-300 and a weekend ICS-400 in Ohio. If possible, I might sneak away during the week to Frankfort, Kentucky to pilot a new FEMA PIO Course in Region-4.
Fourth week: I’ll be finishing up the ICS-400 course and then coordinating a site visit and functional exercise for our NE Ohio PIO Task Force (NEO-PIO-TF) to one of the local news stations in the Cleveland area.
It’s still a bit hectic, but I am hoping to see some peace to my schedules soon.
Halloween is here in NE Ohio, and safety is still the most important part of the Halloween operation.
To aid in your shenanigans I mean Halloween activities, here are some tips for you and your family to use during trick-or-treat fun:
Check your local newspaper, municipality’s website, or social media feed to get updates on times for trick-or-treating.
Make sure you have several working flashlight and so that everyone traveling in your party can be seen.
Only visit houses with porch lights that are turned on.
Be vigilant while crossing the street – look both ways before you cross and ALWAYS company children.
Stay in groups and keep an eye out for each other while trick-or-treating.
Hopefully your costumes are bright and reflective. If not, consider affixing reflective stickers or buttons to your costume to make you more visible to motorists.
Your costumes accessories should be made from soft pliable materials.
Do not eat any candy until you return home to your parents.
All parents should inspect and review all candy collected before allowing children to consume.
Discard any candy that show signs of tampering and throw away any candy that is not sealed or in the original packaging.
After you eat a ton of candy, don’t forget to brush your teeth.
If you are driving this Halloween season, DRIVE SLOWLY! Never text while driving – it is a distraction and likely illegal in many cities. Children will be out and about – so keep a sharp eye for everyone on the street.