2016 Ohio #PIO Symposium #OhioPIO

This year’s Ohio PIO Symposium will be held on SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 at The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Auditorium
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

8:00 a.m. – Registration and Networking Opportunity
9:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks


2014 Ohio PIO Symposium (From L to R): Sur, Gonzalez, and Hysing.

(From L to R): Howson Staub, Sur, Bosso, and Pollack.

2015 Ohio PIO Symposium (From L to R): Howson Staub, Sur, Bosso, and Pollack.

Register here

See you there #OhioPIO



Lists – 2014’s most-tweeted moments

I can’t wait to talk about this in class soon. Ugh.


Lists – 2014’s most-tweeted moments

By Twitter 12-10-14


The top 5 most-tweeted-about entertainment moments:



  • “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars,” read Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet. It was accompanied by a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper and including a who’s who of A-listers at the Academy Awards: Meryl Streep, DeGeneres, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey,Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Lupita N’yongo. The selfie had 3.3 million retweets and 2 million favorites, and it was retweeted in 151 different countries. DeGeneres’ selfie also was the most-tweeted-about entertainment moment in the U.S. this year, with 254,644 tweets per




  • The end of the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 229,533 tweets a minute.


  • Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar Grammy performance, 171,593 tweets a minute.


  • DeGeneres delivers pizza to Oscar audience, 158,159 tweets a minute.


  • Lorde wins best pop solo performance at the Grammys, 152,688 tweets per minute


Top 5 most-mentioned celebrity?

  • Justin Bieber.
  • One Direction’s Niall Horan
  • Harry Styles
  • Liam Payne
  • Ariana Grande


Most tweeted-about entertainment moments in the U.S.:

  • 254,644 Tweets per minute: Ellen’s famous selfie during the Oscars
  • 229,533 Tweets per minute: End of halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Super Bowl
  • 171,593 Tweets per minute: Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar performance during the Grammys
  • 158,159 Tweets per minute: Ellen delivers pizza to the audience during Oscars
  • 152, 688 Tweets per minute: Lorde wins best pop solo performance at the Grammys
  • 146,083 Tweets per minute: Lorde performs at Grammys
  • 138,792 Tweets per minute: MIley Cyrus’ win for “Video of the Year” during the VMAS
  • 135,330 Tweets per minute Gravity wins its 6th Oscar- for film editing
  • 97,153 Tweets per minute: Beyonce performs and receives Vanguard Awardalongside Jay Z at VMAs
  • 89,029 Tweets per minute: Lorde wins Best Rock Video at VMAs



Top 10 entertainment-related trends:

  1. #vote5sos










Mentions of pop culture terms:

  • “Selfie”: 92 million Tweets
  • “TBT”: 23.7 million Tweets
  • “Yolo”: 7.8 million Tweets

Most mentioned celebrities:

1.Justin Bieber

2.Niall Horan

3.Harry Styles

4.Liam Payne

5.Ariana Grande

6.Demi Lovato

7.Lady Gaga


9.Louis Tomlinson

10.Taylor Swift

Safety-PIO-SM-14-010-Appropriate-for-Social-Media ?

14-010: Appropriate for Social Media?
Agency: The back of the ambulance Topic(s):         Posting on SM
Date: Fall 2014 Platform:        Instagram

At times, social media is very emotional and many users like to share intimate moments with all their followers. The reality of social media is great…except when it is done inappropriately. That’s just what Instagram user rnashleeyyy_xx did in the back of an ambulance.



“Love is in the air…” are great lyrics, however, I don’t believe this type of behavior is appropriate for an ambulance. This isn’t a hotel…real patient care occurs in the back of the ambulance! This is a professional environment. Keep it that way.


Also, I am fairly sure Zeus didn’t write that in his SOGs. No matter the justification, people will immediately judge and in the court of public opinion, these actions are not considered professional. And no, the caption/description will not deter or change focus as the visual image hits the news.


So basically, stop making out in the back of the ambulance.


The amount of stuff that happens back here is enough to scare an entire country. Infection control alone should be enough of a deterrent. Think about it.


Any agency on social media should have a social media strategy and a plan that includes guidelines on how employees should use social media and who they interact with. The plan can outline how members should conduct activities on social media as well as identify dangers on how, if used inappropriately, will reflect poorly upon the agency. No matter your threshold of acceptance or approval, monitor your employees use of social media. They are a direct reflection on your agency, your brand, and you.


General social media tips to keep in mind:

  1. Know what your employees are posting on social media platforms.
  2. Your employees are a direct representation of your brand/image on social media.
  3. The disclaimer “My views expressed here do not reflect my employer’s views” will NOT hold up in court.
  4. Regularly search for your agency’s name to monitor the online discussion(s).
  5. You work hard to build your brand on social media…Keep it that way.


Time is valuable, so tweet good stuff.


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November will be redic

After a fairly calm and planning-esque last month, it looks like November’s schedule will be ridiculous.

In the first week, I’ll be doing some new Ebola….I mean Infectious Diseases special training with my Federal and military peeps in Region-4 in Atlanta/Alabama.

And starting the second week, I’ll be headed to Region-6 in Texas for an EOC class.

Third week, I’ll be back in Region-5 in SE Ohio to teach ICS and Columbus to teach social media/PIO.

And during the fourth week of November, I’ll try not to burn my house down as I deep fry a turkey.

Throughout this R4/R6/R5 month, I also have three immediate and special projects that I need to complete. No goofing off this month!


I honestly think this is going to be the busiest month ever.


October assignments to R5 and R4

After delivering classes in Region-5 and Region-3 last month, I’ll finally make it back to Region-4…in Kentucky!


The September intel training didn’t happen. Maybe I’ll have to reschedule that for December.

As usual, the bulk of the month will be spent in Region-5.

I’ll be heading down to the State of Ohio PIO Symposium this Friday. Will I see you there?



Special visitors checking on our preparedness! #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

It is Tuesday and the final day of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

National Preparedness Day!!!!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Practice for an emergency

#30: Flat Stanley & Flat Stella stopped by the fire station to check out our emergency preparedness kits. #NatlPrep #Prepared2014


In honor of National Preparedness Day, we had two special visitors at our fire station. Flat Stanley and Flat Stella stopped by for a quick visit and tour.


They wanted to see if all Firefighters and Paramedics were participating and prepared as part of September’s 2014 National Preparedness Month which was held all month long.

Both Flat Stanley and Flat Stella checked our Emergency Preparedness Kit in Ladder-11.


Flat Stanley asked if we had enough water ready…


Of course we do!

Flat Stella asked to see our emergency contact list as well as my new smoke detector.


As you can see, our emergency contact information is contained in the Vial of Life Program. And smoke detectors are always free from the fire department.

Flat Stanley made sure these were fresh fire extinguishers and they were ready to go.


Both had an awesome chance to take a ride in BFD Ladder-11.


Special thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready.Gov program.


Also thanks to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FEMA’s Ready.Gov, Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA), and the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency.

What a month! I’m proud of everyone who participated in National Preparedness Month and extremely happy that everyone is more prepared for any emergency or disaster.


Even Fire Trucks have emergency preparedness kits – you should too!#NatlPrep #Prepared2014

It’s Monday in the fifth and final week of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”


This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Practice for an emergency

#29: Even Fire Trucks have emergency preparedness kits – you should too!#NatlPrep #Prepared2014


Coordinated a visit to the fire station today w/ Flat Stanley and Flat Stella. They check on our preparedness efforts at the station including checking our emergency preparedness kit! More pictures and details tomorrow.

Speaking of Tuesday September 30th…don’t forget, tomorrow is National Preparedness Day!

Post your great activities by using the #NatlPrep or #Prepared2014

Looking forward to seeing all of your emergency preparedness stuff!


Your vehicle preparedness kits and maintenance before winter hits #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

It’s Sunday in the fifth and final week of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

SundayFunday in the hizzouse!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Practice for an emergency

#28: Your vehicle preparedness kits and maintenance before winter hits #NatlPrep #Prepared2014


Winter is just around the corner and many Meteorologists are predicting a brutal winter.

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
  • Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires – Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Double check your emergency preparedness kit in all your vehicles with:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight
  • battery-powered radio
  • extra batteries
  • water
  • snack food
  • matches
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • first aid kit with pocket knife
  • necessary medications
  • blanket(s)
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt and sand
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares
  • fluorescent distress flag

Hope these tips help you prepare for your winter driving.


Don’t wait for the snow to hit first, be prepared.

Safe travels everyone!