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Feb 14 11 tweets 3 min read
As a former emergency manager & hazardous materials technician let me explain a high-level overview of the response to the Ohio train derailment & the release of hazardous materials into the community & why some decisions may have been made. Specifically to let the material burn.
An Emergency Manger presented with the scene below needs to first identify the materials the train is carrying. This can be accomplished several ways.
1. The Engineer has the Bill of Lading and log of Hazardous Materials
2. Locate the UN Placard Number
3. Contact the RR.
Let's assume only a Placard UN number is available on the rail car. The UN number reads 1086. We immediately consult our emergency response guidebook looking for UN Number 1086 which identifies the material as vinyl chloride and directs us to Guide 116P for emergency response.
Before we have even look at the response guide the P in the Guide Number (Guide 116P) concerns me. The P means the material may undergo violent polymerization if heated or contaminated — which could cause its container to rupture or explode.

No Good. BLEVE Concerns.
Let's review the guide. We see the immediate evacuation precautions that should be taken. A reverse 911 that calls all citizens in the evacuation area should be initiated. I'm also concerned that this material may be explosive when mixed with air.
As we start to then dive deeper into the science of the material vinyl chloride, we find that it's highly volatile and has a boiling point of 7.9 F.

If one of the tanks is damaged, we have a disaster on our hands. We have a ticking bomb sitting on the ground.
We are at risk of a casteropheic BLEVE, also known as Boiling Liquid Vapor Explosion. I'm unfamiliar with the quantity of material, but if it exploded, it could destroy the city. Let's not forget the boiling point is 7.9 F
A decision was made to allow a controlled burn of the pressure release values to minimize the potential of a BLEVE. At this point of the response, the options were limited, and we haven't even begun to discuss it's impact with other chemicals in other containers.
Given my limited facts, I see no option but to allow the material to burn. But this doesn't dissolve the government in its responsibility to inform the public.
In this scenario, honest and open communication with the media and community stakeholders should have happened swiftly. Immediate precautions should have been taken to protect waterways, and modeling should have been performed for toxic fallout.
This is where the government failed! They failed to warn the public of the hazards, and the media was silent. Emergency Managers need to stop operating in darkness!

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Jan 9
🧵 BREAKING: Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that (49%) of American Adults believe it is likely that side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have caused a significant number of unexplained deaths including 28% who think it’s Very Likely
Thirty-seven percent (37%) don’t say a significant number of deaths have been caused by vaccine side effects, including 17% who believe it’s Not At All Likely. Another 14% are not sure.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of adults say they personally know someone whose death they think may have been caused by side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, while 61% don’t and another 10% are not sure.
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Dec 28, 2022
Round 1 🧵 Q&A from Pandemic Police to Freedom Fighter.
Q1: @dom_ingues: How could you morally justify to yourself the attack on people's liberties you were perpetuating?
A1: I can't justify any of my actions. In my position, I always believed people should have the freedom of choice, which is why I stepped away and left my lucrative career to fight for individual liberties. I'm ashamed I was involved at all in the process.
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Dec 20, 2022
Here comes round two. Today I want to address the idea of forced or "coerced" vaccinations and the government's use of the private sector to achieve compliance. Ultimately resulting in tragic outcomes for people like you and me.
In my course of study as an Emergency Manager, I specifically focused on a pandemic and when the government would violate civil liberties in the name of safety. At the time, very few states had laws on the books that would restrict the movement of people who may be infected.
In fact, it was understood that quarantines may occur that may not be lawful; however, those issues would be sorted out as time went on.
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Dec 19, 2022
I got the COVID vaccine before most could as healthcare provider and emergency manager implementing many of the policies of the “covidians”. Days after I was transported to the hospital with cardiac issue. Today I’m in heart failure.
From working out twice a day and lean to my heart jumping to 160 BPM sitting still. My endocrine system is now gone and my weight gain is 70+ pounds.
Here goes my story..... First, let me give you a bit of background. I have a Masters's Degree in Emergency Service Management. I happened to specifically study a pandemic and when the government would violate civil liberties in the name of safety.
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