August rush #2018

Ahhh yes, August will be busy, but not.

First and second week I will be out of service (OOS)

Third week, will be in Region 5 as we will be discussing debris management.

Fourth and fifth week, popping that social media magic at the State of Mississippi and the State of South Carolina State Emergency Operations Center. Region 4 baby!

Likely a big announcement mid August so keep a keen eye open.

Yes, Fall is upon us so let’s get the mojo working!

@rusnivek

 

Stay ahead of this! #SharkWeek

As we close out 2018 SharkWeek, the moral of the week is really to always be on the lookout for bad stuff in disasters.

Easy in peace time, disaster response is tougher than it seems esp when you have to stay ahead of mis-information or fake news. Your ability to operate ahead of the game and be the true voice of your agency will be critical in your success.

Let me say that again, your ability to be ahead of the game is critical to your success in an emergency or disaster.

How can you always remain ahead?

  • Read about current issues
  • Plan for situations within your AOR
  • Train like you fight.
  • Build relationships before the big one.

Keep it real my peeps….stay safe this weekend.

@rusnivek

There’s some-fin special about your situational awareness

Always keep your wits about you!

Maintaining good situational awareness is critical for any professional. So to help illustrate this, I submit this Thursday gem.

I’d make some sharp joke about between two ferns…

I was out patrolling and arrested a street shark…you know, just some dorsal profiling…

No lie, he thought I was jawsome….

OK OK OK…I’m here all night!

Be safe my peeps and maintain good situational awareness!

@rusnivek

 

Sharks in the HOV lanes? Cmon! #SharkWeek #2018

And for the second disaster trick, this picture….

IT AIN’T REAL!!!

Don’t be a dingbat, stop sharing this fake picture during disasters and/or flooding.

Aaaaaand yes, an easy twofer here too: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

Be a good steward of social media information.

@rusnivek

FEMA launches Prepare with Pedro at the 2018 Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA Region V Administrator James Joseph was in Washington DC today for the Youth Preparedness Council at Red Cross HQ.

Great to see Ready.Gov partnering with everyone on today’s events.

Additionally, download the free Prepare with Pedro workbook for kids here.

@rusnivek