Amidst the COVID19 response, we have severe thunderstorms rolling through now

Despite the middle of our response, we got some serious weather too.

Watch = Conditions are right.

Warning = It’s here! Seek shelter now!

That’s right, now you know why Emergency Management is the best agency to lead this kind of response.

Whether it’s health emergency or large scale emergency or #basic severe weather or Godzilla…Emergency Management is THE coordinating agency to handle your disaster.

Now, go and seek cover!!

@rusnivek

Downburst with Thunderstorm at the EOC

Sometimes Mother Nature just wants to remind you of her power. Work this morning was a bit different as we saw the true power of how powerful a simple downburst can be.

As you can see, these gigantic trees were no match for the winds in excess of 50mph.

Like a pair of sticks, this thicc tree was split at the base, the thickest strongest point.

Dayum.

To give you some perspective of the size, take a look at this picture. See that Chief wearing the white shirt behind the tree? Yeah, that’s a big tree.

Keep in mind, there are two gigantic trees that instantly fell within seconds.

As you can see, our top notch ESF-03: Public Works pros are already at it with their chainsaw gang clearing priority paths for critical access.

For more detailed information on this downburst with severe thunderstorms, here’s the direct link to NWS-Chicago’s report: https://www.weather.gov/lot/2019Jul02_Severe

Stay safe and heed all the warnings of local public safety agencies.

@rusnivek

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.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

@rusnivek

 

Children’s book on Hurricane Watch

Since it’s quiet in the office today, I’ve been assessing a few new kid preparedness and teaching tools.


Do you think Melissa has one on “Hurricane Warning” too?

Teach your kids about being safe and heeding all warnings from your local National Weather Service (NWS) office, Emergency Management officials, and public safety professionals.

@rusnivek

Are there differences in an Advisory or a Watch or Warning? #Winter #Weather #OHWx

Hello there! Do you know the differences Advisories vs Watches vs Warnings??

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Advisory – A less severe winter weather event that is imminent.

Watch – The potential exists for a significant or dangerous weather event.

Warning – A significant or dangerous weather event that is imminent

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Few other bits of info from the NOAA / National Weather Service:

Hazardous Weather Outlook – The Hazardous Weather Outlook usually provides three to seven-day advance notice of a hazardous winter weather event which has the potential to threaten life or property.

Short Term Forecast – Describes the weather in the local area and includes a short-range forecast (usually not more than six hours). This product will be updated more frequently when it is used during active weather. This product is also sometimes referred to as a “NOWcast.”

Special Weather Statement – Designed to alert the public to a short term hazardous weather threat within twelve hours of occurrence, which may require a heightened level of awareness or action.

 

@rusnivek

 

NRCC from Level II to Enhanced Watch #Hurricane #Matthew

From FEMA Disaster Operations:

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Washington, DC, Part of the DHS seal, the FEMA logo and the DHS Flag, on the wall in the National Response and Coordination Center. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

“Today, the National Response Coordination Center, in coordination with Region IV and field leadership, transitioned from Level II activation to an Enhanced Watch.”

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@rusnivek

 

Training at DCHSEMA #NatlPrep

Busy Monday morning instructing at the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

I’m just glad to see so many partners in public safety participating.

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Trust me, I’m glad to be instructing in the Emergency Operations Center too.

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So many resources here like a busy 9-1-1 call center, Watch Desk, 3-1-1 call center, and Fusion Center.

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Training and education will help everyone work cohesively together in an emarrrrrrrrrrrrrgency.

Happy #TalkLikeAPirateDay too.

@rusnivek

 

My Dad started his Neighborhood Watch Program!

I’m proud of my Dad who setup his Neighborhood Watch Program.

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Dad has been planning this for months now and even posted signs to get everyone involved. Because inviting and talking with the entire neighborhood about safety related topics are the key points of the Neighborhood Watch program. Also, my Dad went big – he blocked off the entire cul-de-sac for his event!

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Honolulu Fire Station-30 (Engine-30 & Ladder-30) stopped by to share some safety tips and what to do during an emergency.

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Ladder-30 showcased their equipment for everyone to see.

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Talked about ventilation saws for trench cuts and vertical cuts for fires.

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Also talked about extrication tools and generators for car accidents and confined space rescue.

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All the kids in the neighborhood got a chance to try out the headsets used for communications in the apparatus.

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Honolulu Police stopped by too.

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Even a surprise flyby thanks to Honolulu Fire Air-1 Helicopter.

In the end, this kind of neighborhood program is truly the basis of a safer community.

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Education, particularly teaching kids during an emergency, how to call 9-1-1 is crucial to a safe community.

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My Dad volunteered to do this. Yep, not paid. Just doing his part to keep his neighborhood and community safe. LOVE IT!

There are many other volunteer programs showcased by DHS/FEMA’s awesome Ready.Gov campaign on safety. Just like my Dad, I volunteer too with my community’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) aka RH-CERT.

Whether you are a part of your own Neighborhood Watch Program, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service (ViPS), Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), Fire Corps, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), etc…all of these civic based programs are so important to the fabric for the safety of our community across this great country.

So proud of my Dad!

@rusnivek

Hurricane: Watch vs Warning #NatlPrep #Hurricane

For hurricanes, do you know the difference between Watch vs Warning?

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and

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Simple huh?

For more information, check out FEMA’s Ready.Gov program.

And be prepared for the next hurricane!

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Awwww yeah, I’m talking about hurricanes on a Windsday.

@rusnivek

Statewide tornado siren test today at 0950. Find out what to do here #OHWX

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.***

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It would also be a good time to practice your emergency procedures if a tornado siren/warning goes off.

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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.

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  • 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.

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Stay safe out there peeps!

@rusnivek