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!
On Wednesday March 23rd, 2016 at 0950 EST, communities across the state of Ohio that have tornado warning siren systems, will test them. In addition, an Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning message will be broadcast. We encourage all communities with sirens to participate in this annual event by conducting their own tornado drills and reviewing their emergency plans.
It’s 2014 National Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 2nd through March 8th.
Today, the state of Ohio will be testing all emergency alert sirens at 9:50 a.m.
***Do not be alarmed, it is only a test.***
It would also be a good time to practice your emergency procedures if a tornado siren/warning goes off.
Do you know the differences between a Tornado Watch vs a Tornado Warning?
Tornado Watch: Issued by the NWS when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Be prepared to move to a safe place if weather conditions worsen. Stay tuned to weather updates.
Tornado Warning: Issued by the NWS when a tornado is imminent or occurring. A warning may be issued when a tornado is indicated by Doppler radar or sighted by trained spotters. Seek safe shelter immediately.
If a tornado has been spotted, seek shelter immediately. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, do not stop to take pictures or shoot video. Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local media newscasts for up-to-date weather and emergency information.
NEVER touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed power lines and report electrical hazards to the utility company.
Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
Be careful of debris such as damaged structures, exposed nails and broken glass.