Bridges are out…now whut? #NatlPrep

As we near the end of the first week, we should also consider our planning and look at evacuation routes. As far as things go, most major routes should be open esp in emergency to allow for those who need to egress to GTFO of there right?!?

While in perfect situations, this would be the case. But lately, we’ve had some challenging situations across the nation that leads me to believe we may not have the option to evacuate safety out of the city.

While most days, all the bridges are down in Chicago.

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However the City of Chicago has had some bad luck and was forced to pop the bridges to curtail silly behavior at night.

With almost all the bridges up, that makes travel through the loop a bit more complex and challenging esp when things happen last minute and late at night.

To help deal with these challenging situations, subscribing to the mass notification systems would provide additional information on which roads are closed but amidst the ruckus, perhaps planning alternate routes out of your location would be best.

Easier said than done but necessary when faced with pressures of the safety of yourself and your family.

While it doesn’t have to be a straight shot out, you can exercise various options on how to exit your location and safely rondevous with loved ones in other places.

Remember, plan at least two alternate routes of egress from your location and try your hardest to reduce the amount of complexity after a disaster/emergency.

As always, remain vigilant and make sure you and your family are safe by planning now.

Reporting live on AlohaFriday…


New base camp – meet my new friend Iggy!

Changing basecamp locations today. Whahooo!!!! Not.

I have received many questions on living conditions so let me share with you the new living quarters. We are now in Big Pine Key at a former road patrol prison.

Need to use the bathroom?

Definitely not a hotel. No real toilets in sight.

Male and female tents separate the people staying here.

Inside our sleeping quarters.

Good thing I stopped by early so I can claim top bunk.

But upon closer inspection, I found that something has already claimed my space.

So I figured it was a good time to take a picture with my new bunk mate.

I shall name him Iggy.

If there isn’t enough housing for disaster survivors, don’t think you are going to have a nice hotel to stay in or to lounge around. Plain and simple – disaster Survivors are the priority.

So to summarize, those that THINK they are going to be pampered with lush amenities, stay in a hotel, and gain points – this ain’t it. Don’t expect anyone to pamper you or get turn down service. And yes, it’s loud at night.

I’d also recommend that if you can’t stand camping, you are not cut out for disaster response.

I would best associate this disaster’s lodging to extreme camping.


#Hurricane #Harvey #Barricades? Turn Around Don’t Drown #FEMA #TADD #TXWx

As ongoing operations continue for survivors of Hurricane Harvey – key messages need to be repeated as Hurricane impact turns into catastrophic inland flooding.

Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

I encourage all Public Information Officers / Public Affairs Officers (PIOs/PAOs) to continue to share/amplify FEMA messaging like this to all their audiences.





Graphic: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. This graphic is part of the Flood Safety collection.



Bueller? On the highway?

“My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend brother’s girlfriend, heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night…”

Numerous government agencies are constantly trying to engage with the general public in every community. Keep up the good work ESF-03 and PIOs!

It must be serious.

Reporting live from the highway –  #SaveFerris


Driving into Cleveland for the #RNC ? This map will help you avoid blocked roads.

Driving down into Cleveland for the Republican National Convention?

Here’s the map of downtown road closures so consider avoiding these areas.


As always, try to be patient – we have guests in town.


Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Here is a free easy read shelter map for Oahu.

1. Find the shelter location nearest to you.

2. Have a plan and several routes planned out on how to get there during heavy traffic.

3. Ready your emergency preparedness kit w/ medications, flashlights, Family Communications plan, and supplies.


Be akamai 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.