Just about every month ImpactWeather hosts a free webinar on behalf of the Association of Contingency Planners to spread general preparedness wisdom and, honestly, to encourage increased membership to that fine organization. And every month about a week before the live show, we host a full run-through to make sure we’ve got a tight ship. We have about 200 attendees signed up for our 14th webinar that’s this Wednesday – “Surviving the Aftermath: Post-Storm Safety and the Importance of Electric Utility Familiarization.” We had a practice session this past Friday and all weekend long I thought about and talked about what I learned in that practice run.
(Register here now if you’d rather skip the long version below.)
There are worse things than being inconvenienced by the loss of your electricity for a few days or weeks after a big storm and almost all of those things – you know, injury, maiming, death – can be prevented. I’m embarrassed and a little frightened that as a native Gulf-Coaster and veteran of quite a few storms, I’ve been doing a couple of things that are very, very wrong in regards to how close I really shouldn’t get to downed power lines. And it’s not just storm-related stuff – the webinar covers dramatic and essential advice for any situation involving damaged power lines, general common sense behavior around intact lines, etc. The presenter is the Safety and Health Administrator for Connecticut Light and Power and he very much knows what he’s talking about.
Take a few minutes Wednesday to attend the webinar and learn a thing or two that could save your life and the lives of others. It’s a quick webinar, no spin and all of it extremely interesting. If you can’t attend Wednesday, register anyway and after the webinar I’ll send you an email with a link to the recording on the ACP website. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/831226416 and share this around with whoever you care about.