A PIO view on an overcast day here in Chicago.
PIO skillz in 3…2…1….
On the ready! So many things happen behind the scenes as Emergency Management Pros continue to plan and coordinate in prep for the severe cold weather inbound to our area of responsibility (AOR).
Our rock solid partnership with the National Weather Service Chicago continues to shine as we share information to our partners as well as the general public. Incorporating additional info like the Frostbite vs Hypothermia fact sheet from CDC is a bonus as we look to temps falling into the mid -20s with the windchill to reach -50 to -60.
Yikes is right.
If all predictions are correct, the forecasted temperatures are historic lows.
Our staff is currently conducting a conference call with police, fire, public works, and emergency management agencies within
#DuPageCounty to discuss the extreme cold weather event tonight through Thursday.
All hands working!
Also, thanks for the briefing Ricky from the NWS Chicago!
Good afternoon from the floor of the ABC7 studio here in Chicago!
A much more compact location, ABC7 does an excellent job in maximizing space in their main studio area.
Also got a chance to chat w/ a few reporters in the bullpen as we took the time to see how the TV magic (aka sausage) is made.
It was satisfying to see all the TVs and monitors in one of the control rooms. Soooooo many buttons to push….
I doubt they would let me touch anything in here.
It honestly intrigues me…isn’t the news room kinda similar to the EOC? Desk assignment is kinda like the Operations Section Chief (OSC) right?
As an example, the OSC assigns tasks to the single resources (reporters aka MMJs) and then they do stuff. The desk assignment editors listen and find out what’s going on around the area (aka situational awareness) right?
Then they send the appropriate amount of resources needed to cover their story. DUH! It IS a good example of ICS. And you know I was closely looking at what they were watching and listen into right?
Special thanks to the entire team at ABC7 for the tour of their crib! Great to see so many different pros at work and major kudos to those who take the time to create a great story and maintain the integrity of a journalist.
Looking forward to working together!
Morning meetings today with all the Chicago Police Department Communications Team at HQ!
Sharing some tips and news in workshop format about ongoing public safety operations as well as coordinated efforts will help all of us as PIOs. #PIAT
All the coordination enhances our ability to be a more prepared deployable asset to support other agencies of the like.
And for those wondering, the world of PIOs, PAOs, and ESF15 is very small. No matter the size of the disaster or hurricane, every good PIO knows other good PIOs.
Great to meet the team from CPD and looking forward to working with each other to support the mission of public safety for municipalities across this great country.
Special shout out to the CPD team Anthony, Tom, Michael, and Luis.
Me? Yep-proud to continue to serve so many great communities.
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.
This is what we train for…this is what we do.
As part of our ongoing efforts to help enhance the skills of the PIO, here’s another #MediaMinutes interview w/ WISHTV-8 Emily Kinzer!
For more information on Emily-
Happy AlohaFriday everyone!
Day-3 of the Joint Information Center/Joint Information System course here at the Indianapolis Fire Headquarters.
This place is super nice…
…and a bonus welcome by the Chief of the department – Fire Chief Malone!
Outstanding to see that kind of engagement of a large metro fire department stop by to say hi. And of course the IFD PIO BC Rita Reith working the PIO magic too!
Great discussion on when situations get worse…ie disaster declarations and how as situations start to grow, how we as a nation respond to help assist others.
You know we had lots of discussion on JIC/JIS operations and needs.
Also discussed how the executive policy room could affect actions of the field PIOs as well as the JIC – which stresses the need for solid, one voice communications from the Emergency Operations Center.
I know, I know, coordination again huh? But it’s the truth! If we don’t work together, we will likely fail our constituents. We must work together to support our ongoing efforts of safety with all our partners.
Great dialog on mutual aid partnerships. Regardless of the situation, we can all work closely with each other and share ideas.
Me? I am very proud of the work from everyone in the class this week.
Looking forward to working with all of you during the next big one.
Until then, go forth and tweet good stuff!