The FEMA #PIO on #PirateRadio! Is that real? #FBF

I was asked if Pirate Radio was real….yeppers!


Pirate Radio based in the Florida Keys-Key West has a strong voice that not only hits audiences throughout the keys, but also into southern Florida too. They stream their shows so that any Pirate can listen in…even when yer a landlubber!


I was a regularly contributor to their morning shows with daily Hurricane Irma disaster updates. We also brought other public safety agencies in with us to showcase the unified efforts of countless government agencies involved and how we are all working together in the response/recovery effort.


Additionally, I was invited to be a regular guest on their Friday morning show to talk about the DHS/FEMA response and recovery efforts for the Florida Keys. Not only talking about the Florida Keys, but also the millions of $$ in financial support approved for the State of Florida.


Remember, AM/FM radio stations are a critical source of information in a disaster. After a disaster, cell service might be down, sat tv might be out, and it is highly likely that your neighborhood may not have power. Post-disaster, plan on AM/FM radio being a solid source of information.

Many mahalos to both gracious Pirate Radio hosts – Jack and Kim!

@rusnivek

Controlled demolition explosion at 0100 #CLE #Cleveland #Ohio

At 1AM – Kaboom!

@Illuminatingco Don’t be alarmed! Residents near E 72 and the Shoreway in CLE may hear explosions around 1 a.m. as part of planned demo of Lake Shore Plant.

Bird’s Eye view from @FirstEnergyCorp here.

And @MVielhaber’s wide shot here.

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Don’t be scared. Or scurred.

@rusnivek

 

In the EOC…and a gigantic sinkhole

Seriously, a pretty perfect morning here at the Emergency Operations Center.

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Oh, and they have a gigantic sinkhole here which sounds pretty bad. EMA Director Keck will be briefing us this AM.

Sounds like the news has already caught wind of it and OEMA has briefed on the situation this AM.

@rusnivek

@rusnivek’s Top-6 Public Safety / PIO social media tips…for free

I had a thought this AM..I need to provide you more public safety social media tips. And since you only have 30 seconds to spare, maybe less, I’ll keep it very short.

SO, here’s part-1 of my top 6 SM tips for public safety professionals / Public Information Officers (PIOs). And yes, it’s free for you.

@rusnivek Social Media Tip-1: Post it first (because they don’t interview the runner-up).

If you don’t post it first, someone else will be first to tell your story.

And that’s going to suck…because only you tell your story the best.

It only takes a few minutes to tell your story. 

It takes a TON of money and time to fix the wrong story, and then to tell it right.

To put things in perspective, “There are no points for second place.”

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Tip-1: Post it first (because they don’t interview the runner-up).

@rusnivek

Whether on furlough or holiday, this is a perfect time to…

Whether on a holiday (Columbus Day) or Federal mandatory furlough, today is a great day to make and update/check your Emergency Supply Kit.

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What to include? What to keep? What to have?

Some items you want to include in your kit are:

  • Bottled water for you for 3 days.
  • Food for you for 3 days.
  • Two working flashlights.
  • A battery-powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather radio.
  • Toilet paper.
  • A whistle to notify/warn others.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Duct tape.
  • Extra cell phone charger.

And I’d bet you have most of these items around your house ready to go.

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So gather your things and get ready…because I guarantee you these few things will help you during the next a disaster or emergency.

@rusnivek