Rockford Public Library to Host Emergency Preparedness Day

Third annual event features storm chaser and WTVO meteorologist

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Rockford Public Library will host its third annual Emergency Preparedness Day on Saturday, September 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main. This free family event will feature a video presentation and talk by storm chaser Danny Neal about his adventures, followed by a question and answer session. WTVO Channel 17 meteorologist Brandon Arnold will have a slide show and speak about the media’s role in relaying important information to the public during extreme weather events and what to do to stay safe. The Rockford Fire Department will have a fire truck on site, and Metro Ambulance will have one of their emergency vehicles open for inspection and tours. In addition, the movie Twister will be shown in the
J. R. Sullivan Theatre.

Other activities include the Rockford Public Library “Disaster Maze” for children. RPL programmers will demonstrate “Stop, Drop and Roll” and then challenge our younger attendees to crawl through the maze to show them how to escape a real fire or disaster situation. Heart Solutions will teach hands only CPR.

Additional participating organizations on hand to answer questions include: Exelon, Medline, NICOR, Rock River Valley Blood Bank, Williams Manny, Metro Ambulance and the Rockford Fire Department. Participants will receive valuable information on how to protect their family and home in case of a disaster and will be shown how to prepare an emergency kit. Parents and kids will learn how to build a fog tornado at home.

RPL Emergency Preparedness Day Featured Events Schedule -  September 13, 2014

Video Presentation and Talk by Storm Chaser Danny Neal
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
J. R. Sullivan Theatre

Slide Show and talk by WTVO Channel 17 Meteorologist Brandon Arnold: Role of News Media during a Disaster
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
In front of Nordlof Center

Showing of the Movie “Twister”
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
J.R. Sullivan Theater

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Deborah Fortune at 815-987-6609.

About the Danny Neal

Danny Neal, a storm chaser from Plainfield, IL, has been chasing severe and unusual weather since 1998. He is a student at Penn State University, completing a degree in meteorology. Over the years, Danny has documented several tornadoes and traveled thousands of miles in pursuit of Nature's best and worst weather. “My main motivation behind storm chasing is to fulfill my severe weather passion, but also to help the warning process by submitting timely and accurate reports to the National Weather Service,” says Danny. You can follow Danny on Facebook at “Danny Neal - Northern Illinois Storm Chaser,” where he posts alerts, bulletins, and educational pieces to keep the residents of Northern Illinois ahead of the storm.

About Brandon Arnold

Brandon Arnold, a meteorologist for Eyewitness News in Rockford, has been forecasting weather in the Midwest for the past seven years. Brandon attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he received his degree in meteorology in 2006. Before coming to Rockford, Brandon worked in Zanesville, Ohio and Peoria, Illinois. Over the years, Brandon has covered everything from blizzards to tornadoes. His most memorable weather event was covering the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011 for 24 hours straight. Besides his passion for weather, Brandon is also an avid guitar player and loves music. You can catch Brandon's forecasts weeknights on Eyewitness News, which can be found on both WTVO Channel 17 and FOX 39.

About the Library

The Rockford Public Library, founded in 1872 as the second library in Illinois, currently has seven facilities, including the Nordlof Center, Main Library and five Branch Libraries. The mission of the Rockford Public Library is to educate, inform, entertain and culturally enrich the people of our community.

Phone and Fax

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