Thank You, Jeff

Jeff Piotrowski took a lot of time at ChaserCon recently talking about a subject many chasers don’t take the time to do: help those impacted by the storms we chase.

Storm Chasing ain’t bungee jumping.
We have a responsibility to our communities.

The thrill of the adrenaline rush, the chance for a few minutes of fame…none of it matters if an individual chaser chooses not to play a role in the Warning and Recovery systems. Thank you also, Stan Finger, for your article covering Jeff’s presentation. Please Read This Now.

From The Wichita Eagle:

(Jeff) Piotrowski used much of his time (in his ChaserCon presentation) to make an impassioned plea for storm chasers to be ready to help the stricken should a tornado strike a city or a farmstead.

“I didn’t mean to use so much time on that,” he said apologetically after his presentation. “But it’s so important.”

This is a subject near to my heart. I chase as much for the warning role as for the excitement and wonder of the weather, but when storms devastate lives, my reflex as a former EMT is to stop and help. As Shawna Davies mentions within the article, CERT training is something we can all do.

I think we should. And we should put it to use.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their areas and trains them in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations.

Piotrowski urged chasers to alert law enforcement or emergency management personnel to imminent threats such as an approaching tornado. Don’t assume they already know, he told the crowd in Denver.

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