Instructing FEMA NDPTC Winter Weather Hazards at Effingham County EOC #Illinois

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!

@rusnivek

Blizzard of 2015 meme – Hoard water, spam and bacon

Since we are talking about winter preparedness today, I am reminded about this meme created in 2015.

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Yes, I said meme. It looks like a screen grab from a national news station, but it has been doctored up a bit. Obviously.

While I cannot support all the bullet points, I can tell you that first bullet point definitely on my list.

BTW-it’s Hoard water, SPAM, and bacon.

Long live the Oxford comma!

@rusnivek

 

Presenting today at the 2016 CEAO Annual Conference #PIO

Presenting today at the 2016 County Engineers Association of Ohio Annual Conference!

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Public Information stuff as well as some Communications Strategies for government officials.


I’ll try not to dance on stage today.  


Maybe.

Looks like it’s going to be a fun class!

@rusnivek

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

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

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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!

@rusnivek

 

Walk slowly #Winter #Weather #Preparedness #OHWx

Walk slower in the Winter? What?

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Seriously!

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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.

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OK, that’s better.

@rusnivek