Briefing w/ National IMAT for Southern Florida Operations

Change of plans this afternoon. 

About to start a briefing with National Incident Management Team (IMAT) for response to southern Florida. 

And yes, I am at home with T-cards on the wall and all C&GSFs briefing out.


Can you support the plan?!?

***********Update***********

Breaking news: I have been reassigned as the FEMA PIO to cover the Florida Keys.

More details to follow.

@rusnivek

Oh yeah, reporting in from Florida #Irma

I forgot to post this pic from earlier, but I’m in Florida. Are you?

Proud to support the External Affairs mission for the Response Directorate.

Citing my good friends from PIAT’s favorite hashtag: #JICLIFE

Hope all of you are having a great #AlohaFriday

@rusnivek

 

State of Ohio EMA G291 Joint Information Center / System class at Medina County EOC

Packed State of Ohio EMA Joint Information Center / Joint Information System course today!

Started everyone into group work as well as ongoing discussion on the role of SMEs at a press conference.

Just in case, we also tasked participants to start thinking about a policy/protocol for their agency on sneak attack aka ambush interviews.

We found as we leverages our strengths and capitalize on our skills, we as JIC Managers can better meet the needs of any situation – we just gotta find the right PIOs for the job.

As our groups collaborated, we found that despite crossing state lines, we still have the same problems as other areas – thus proving our point that we need to consistently train together and exercise our plans together.

Many of our participants enjoyed working in the JIC setting and were excited to work in a JIC during the next activation. Most excellent as we build a strong cadre of PIOs across this great state.

My Ohio Peeps!

Reporting live from Medina County’s Emergency Operations Center….

@rusnivek

State of Ohio EMA – Basic Public Information Officer’s Course in Medina County

Day-2 of Ohio EMA’s Basic Public Information Officer’s course here in Medina County EMA welcoming participants from two different FEMA Regions to our class!

We have representation from almost every ESF – outstanding to see that kind of participation in our state class.

It’s going to be a packed two days of training including classroom discussion…

…complex in-class activities…

…on-camera interviews…

…engaging (and crazy reporter) type questions…

…and of course we had several contentious mock press conferences.

Train like you fight right? We also discussed how our varied experiences lends a ton of expertise to our ongoing operations in any community across this great nation.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s JIC/JIS course!

@rusnivek

 

Busy morning at FEMA HQ in Washington DC

Busy morning yesterday and today. Lots of preparation going on for Hurricane Harvey.


So many hard-working Emergency Management pros from FEMA are working the magic to support those in the path of Hurricane Harvey with coordination of resources for deployment.


Reporting from FEMA HQ…

@rusnivek

Meetings at FEMA HQ and prep for Hurricane Harvey

Fun time this morning at FEMA HQ.

Quick meeting with my manager and a quick hello to our other External Affairs pros on the 8th floor.

Additionally, lots of planning ongoing for the preparedness/response for Hurricane Harvey. And lots of senior administration here today to update ongoing issues as well as brief leadership on various branches of government.

Photo Credit: FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Despite the ongoing flurry of activity, I was still able to grab a few smiles from my External Affairs peeps.

@rusnivek and @EmergencyPrepGal

We are going to need everyone to listen to trusted sources of local, state, national information on safety measures being implemented throughout affected areas.

Please heed the warnings of your local public safety professionals.

  • If told to evacuate, immediately do so.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  • Most of all, grab your preparedness kit and keep family/friends close as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall.

Be safe peeps.

@rusnivek