Outstanding start to this week’s FEMA G0290: Basic PIO course sponsored by Ohio EMA and the City of Cleveland Emergency Management!
Special thanks to CEM Alex Pellom for the invitation to hang for a few days in the Emergency Operations Center!
Guess who I get to teach with this week? Fresh off the disaster wheel, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Bosso!!!
Don’t mind his grumps face, you’d be a bit tired if you were EMACed to work Hurricane Florence too. I’m excited to hear about his experience working with South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division PIO Derrec Becker.
And yes, if you were wondering, we are holding class IN the actual City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center!
Interviews? Heck yeah – you know we did!
Incredibly valuable time on camera.
Spent some time doing group work and communications strategy with many partners from across the State of Ohio and the State of Pennsylvania.
Showcasing partnerships and strengthening collaborative messaging during the preparedness…
…will help during response phase planning and support for ongoing operations.
Additionally the blending of resources embodying the all-hazards mentality, is critical when dealing with larger disasters/emergencies. Here’s Police, Fire, EMS, Health, Public Works, and Executive Policy working together for a coordinated message.
Steve had a few injects too…like branding. Steve is a former photojournalist so he’s got the photog eye for these kinds of things with some fancy camera work…
And not to worry, in order to share real world experiences, we had our first subject matter expert – Cleveland Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Ciaccia stop by to talk about her experiences as the PIO for CPD.
So many issues to deal with esp during a National Special Security Event (NSSE) – the 2016 Republican National Convention! And of course a whole bunch of other cases including the 3 girls missing for 10+ years (Castro case), Facebook killer, CJ Saves CLE, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, etc….
Whew – full day! Great dynamic class.
Solid first day. Looking forward to day-2 of the Basic PIO!