Terrific to terrible weather in less than 24-hours

It’s still 2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!

Despite the spectacular summer weather we are experiencing today in March, it is likely that conditions can rapidly change.

While we see this today…

…we might see this kind of weather in the next 24-hours.

​​​Of course we need to be prepared for these types of situations so I usually have a few of these emergency panchos stashed away in my vehicle.

While not fashionable, they provide some refuge and partial coverage in case I or my fellow PIOs get caught in some severe weather incident – we are somewhat protected.

And yes, having more than one is advisable as you likely have other family, friends, and/or people that might get wet too.

For more info on how you could better prepare yourself for severe weather, check out the list of preparedness stuff from my friend Jana and her team at Ready.Gov on a kit or an family communications plan.

Be safe and dry peeps!




Today, the State of Ohio Tornado testing all emergency alert sirens statewide at 9:50 a.m.

Today, the State of Ohio Tornado testing all emergency alert sirens statewide at 9:50 a.m.

***Do not be alarmed, it is only a test.***

Do you know what to do if you hear a tornado siren accompanied by a Tornado Warning?

  • Taking shelter in a safe location on the lowest level of a sturdy building
  • Keeping an emergency first aid kit in your shelter location.
  • Having/reference a copy of your family communications plans.
  • Putting on boots (for post tornado debris).

Keep your ears tuned in for the statewide sirens.




Wipers on = Lights on! 2017 #National #Severe #Weather #Preparedness

2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness week.

As we start to experience more rain (April showers) – we need to constantly remind people – IF YOUR WIPERS ARE ON, TURN YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON!

Can you identify which vehicle doesn’t have their headlights on? Kinda hard to spot huh?

Despite daytime on a gloomy day, I think people just forget to turn their headlights on.

Consider using this safety meme whenever it rains.

Trust me, it’s free.

Every state is different so check your state and local laws. Or just turn them on whenever you turn your windshield wipers on.

More free severe weather safety tips this week…



Welcome to 2017 #National #Severe #Weather #Preparedness Week #NatlPrep

This week is 2017 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!

Foggy conditions pose a significant danger to motorists as well as pedestrians.

When driving (and flying) leave more room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
A few more tips/reminders:

  • Use headlights so you can see and be seen.
  • Slow down.
  • Give yourself more time for travel between locations.
  • Allow yourself more distance for stopping.
  • Fog could delay your airline travel plans so check your flight departures often.
  • Double check your vehicle preparedness kit for supplies like food/water.
  • Have a fully charged cell phone – just in case.

More safety tips to share all week for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.


Mittens? I don’t need no stinkin’ mittens! #Winter #Weather #Preparedness #OHWx

Mittens? I don’t need no stinkin’ mittens!


Wrong. You do. Go back inside and put them on.

Dress for the Weather

  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Stay warm this winter season!



Walk slowly #Winter #Weather #Preparedness #OHWx

Walk slower in the Winter? What?




Freezing rain is rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines…so SLOW DOWN!

So remember to walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.


OK, that’s better.