- You can't run with the wolves at night if you want to soar with the eagles in the morning.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
And, his all time favorite, especially when he wanted cooperation from his three sons:
- Many hands make light work.
The funniest thing about that last one is that in my professional life, I have had to take it to heart.
|"OK, everyone in!"|
Since she came from the TV news world, she automatically saw our government access television station as the perfect venue to relay information to the public about evacuations, storm preparedness and emergency briefings. So far, not a bad use.
|Our TV news set from back in 2004|
Fortunately, we pumped the brakes before we went all in on this venture. Some of the considerations we needed to address included that we didn't have the staff to go wall-to-wall with 24 hour storm coverage, we didn't have our own suite of Doppler radar and we already had our hands full handling media requests in our Emergency Operations Center.
|Forecasters at the National Weather Service keeping an eye on the weather|
Our internal partners also had ways of reaching out. For instance, our Sheriff's office at the time had a reverse 9-1-1 system which could help us get the word out about evacuation orders. Our transit authority had the ability to reach all of their riders every single day with messaging. Before long, we had a fairly decent method of reaching people that didn't require us to reinvent the wheel.
|The WEA logo found on equipped cell phones|
You know, the older I get, I realize the smarter my dad was.It still doesn't stop my sons from rolling their eyes at me, but hey, they have some time to learn yet.
Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist
Pinellas County, Floridahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tomiovino