Presidential #Disaster #Declaration for #Ohio for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation 4360-DR-OH

Release date:

April 17, 2018

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Ohio to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding and landslides from February 14 to February 25, 2018.

Federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, flooding and landslides in Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Steven Johnson has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Johnson said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Day-1 of the NIMS ICS All-Hazards PIO course

Great first day at the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Public Information Officer Course (AH IMT PIO).

Great to see Prince George County Fire PIO Mark Brady too.

Lots of class discussion on objectives, PIO assignments, Go Bag discussion, how many PIOs we really need, and of course how we can support our Incident Commanders.

And yes, during the afternoon, I engaged my fellow peeps on video recordings for PIO.

I know, I’m poking the bear! But if we don’t have these discussions on new technologies, we can’t see past our current views for external affairs.

Looking forward to the rest of the week of solid PIO discussions!


Training on the Principals of Emergency Management

Sharing the good mantra of Emergency Management today.

Principals of Emergency Management FTW!

And yes, we used our favorite state (Columbia) to test the skills of all the participants in classroom exercises.

Building relationships are the core of disasters. We all know that one day, it will shift from Central City to the real thing.

And training on scenarios like Columbia will keep our preparedness level at top notch for those that we serve tirelessly.


Ascertaining information from the scene and YouTube’s ongoing response statement delivered as a post #SanBruno

In reviewing posts re: the YouTube shooting, it looks like reporters are regularly searching out SnapMaps for stories.

This is weird to me because, by now, most people have turned off their location identifier on SnapChat.

Also, it’s easy to falsely post info there too…esp a staged video clip that in times of confusion, could be portrayed as truth by media.

I would encourage all media continue being diligent in researching tips and information that comes through online and regularly fact checks their info. Again, taking information found on social media does not count as a confirmed source.

Also, here’s YouTube’s response to the initial shooting.

This statement above seems to deviate away from the traditional “press release style” on the incident and gives information similar to a social media post.

Is this communication avenue more effective than a press release or fact sheet? Maybe. But I would still encourage you to do a fact sheet to help your VIPs with their talking points for the presser.

These kinds of shootings are happening on the regular now. Consider taking some training in first aid, CPR, Run-Hide-Fight, or tourniquet training. You could save a life.


Wrap up and evaluations from our ICS-400 course

Reading through ALL the instructors’ evaluations.

Glad to share real world experiences with my fellow professionals.

Additionally, I am proud to provide for some high level officers who are protecting the greatest country in the world.


Humbled to play a small part in Emergency Management for our nation for Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation.