Chimpie Welcome to my little space on the web.

One of the hardest things I’ve had to with my website is write this About page.  I’m not good at writing about myself.  So here are some random facts about me.  Maybe as time progresses I’ll clean it up and make it more presentable.

As some of you may know I live in paradise, otherwise known as Sarasota, Florida. I love it here.  I grew up in Indiana and call Evansville home.  I moved to Sarasota in 2001.

I’ve been a volunteer for the American Red Cross for 15 years.  I’ve done just about everything there is to do with the Red Cross.  I’ve worked in both Disaster Services and Health & Safety.  I’ve been an instructor for just as long, mainly teaching Health & Safety type classes including First Aid, CPR, AED, and CPR – Professional Rescuer.

I have also participated in both local and regional disaster response.  While living in Indiana I responded to multiple natural disasters including floods and tornadoes.  However, it wasn’t until I moved to Florida that I got to experience my largest disaster activation, a hurricane activation.  It’s amazing how well prepared our local chapter is, and every year we strive to be better.

I currently serve as a disaster volunteer in Logistics.  Being part of the Logistics team allows me to help out in a variety of areas and keeps me busy.  As long as I’m active and helping out I’m happy.

I also volunteer my time online with community (forum) based websites.  I’ll tell you about two of them now.

emtlife.comThe first is  EMTLife is #1 Online Forum for EMS Related Discussions.  It’s not just a tag line, it’s the truth!

It was founded in 2004 by user MMiz in hopes of networking those in the emergency medical response industry.  Everyone is welcome, from students to veteran medics, even those just curious about the industry.

We currently have over 21,000 members, 35,000 threads and 495,000 posts.

I joined the community in the summer of 2004 and was asked to join the leadership team in 2005.   As a Community Leader I help increase membership,  moderate discussions and handle any member support requests.

I hope to be part of the community for years to come.

skywarnonline.comIn the summer of 2005 I started a community of my own called  Skywarn Online is site designed to network storm spotters throughout the U.S. to support the National Weather Service’s Skywarn program.  The Skywarn program has over 290,000 trained storm spotters.  Storm spotters relay real time severe weather information back to their local NWS office, either by phone, internet or amateur radio.

Over the past seven years Skywarn Online has grown from just a forum to a fully interactive site.  When a member logs in their local weather and forecast are shown on the main page, maps of potential severe weather are displayed, as well the latest forum discussions.   Our training area has also expanded, allowing those interesting in taking a spotter class to search for one near them either by state or zip code.  There are also reference modules that members can read to refresh their skills and knowledge.

The site currently has over 4,000 members and 48,000 posts.

That’s it for now.  More coming soon. ~ Chimpie