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FEMA Basic PIO Day-1

Starting off another FEMA G0290: Basic PIO course with our public safety pros from across the state!

I am fortunate to grab a few other PIOs for class today – suit up!

Aside from sharing concepts and theory, we also focused on interview skills…

…you know we did the oncamera interviews.

No bones about it, our mantra is to provide the best real-world training out there.

Lots of discussion on staging as well as single role PIOs and what they can do to get the ball rolling.

We also integrated a few activities and exercises into the mix too.

Don’t worry, we took some time to discuss communications strategies. We shared the 8-step communications model and introduced StratComms!

Planning ahead is always a good thing – esp for PIOs. Preparedness is essential in being a good PIO.

Successful first day with everyone. Looking forward to a solid day-2!

@rusnivek

ICS-400 at OHSEM

Big start to another ICS-400 course here at DuPage County OHSEM! Kicking things off is Director Snow!  

As you can imagine, we have a diverse group with lots to share.

Not only talking about response, but we also discussed recovery as the most challenging part of disasters.

No doubt, It is really our job as Emergency Managers to better prepare our communities to be more resilient after a disaster.

Look closely, you can see people smiling in an ICS class. It’s not folklore, it’s real. Get yourself a good instructor and see what happens.  

Bringing everyone together in a collaborative environment can only provide great benefits for all.

Small or big, rich or poor, our class has great participants from all over the state.

Glad to have participants from countless cities from across Illinois attending.

Looking forward to Day-2 tomorrow!

@rusnivek

 

Canada Goose is fashionable into response clothing?!?

Am I the only one without a Canadian Goose jacket that costs a kabillion dollars?!!??! Why does everyone wear their stuff?

And of course I get these types of fashion ads.

Wait….is that what I think it is?

Does it have pockets for patches or ID tabs like my 511 jacket?

Does it?!!?!

Is response fashionable now?

Is covert now fashionable?

I’ve got soooooooooo many questions.

@rusnivek

DNA Item Collection Checklist

Doesn’t everyone spend a bit of time worrying about washing the DNA off your hands?

Doesn’t everyone start their morning read with “After a mass fatality incident…”

Look, let’s be real honest – this isn’t exciting, but completely necessary esp to deal with the challenges of disaster response and recovery.

I can confirm:

  • Emergency Management is not your typical 9-5 job.
  • The nature of our job is to make sense out of non-sense.
  • We must organize chaos into a coordinated response.
  • We are tasked to building relationships where none exist.

But good Emergency Managers? You’ll see them thrive in this environment and often excel in adversity.

You’ll know when you see one.

@rusnivek