Contingency plan for Big Pine Key Post office

Found out the US Post office in Big Pine Key was obliterated.  Deemed unfit for operations as the entire structure was condemned.


So the USPS continuity plan? Setup a field post office.


It is critical for disaster survivors to get mail.

Again, helping a community return to normalcy is incredibly important.

@rusnivek

New base camp – meet my new friend Iggy!

Changing basecamp locations today. Whahooo!!!! Not.

I have received many questions on living conditions so let me share with you the new living quarters. We are now in Big Pine Key at a former road patrol prison.

Need to use the bathroom?


Definitely not a hotel. No real toilets in sight.

Male and female tents separate the people staying here.


Inside our sleeping quarters.


Good thing I stopped by early so I can claim top bunk.

But upon closer inspection, I found that something has already claimed my space.


So I figured it was a good time to take a picture with my new bunk mate.


I shall name him Iggy.

If there isn’t enough housing for disaster survivors, don’t think you are going to have a nice hotel to stay in or to lounge around. Plain and simple – disaster Survivors are the priority.

So to summarize, those that THINK they are going to be pampered with lush amenities, stay in a hotel, and gain points – this ain’t it. Don’t expect anyone to pamper you or get turn down service. And yes, it’s loud at night.

I’d also recommend that if you can’t stand camping, you are not cut out for disaster response.

I would best associate this disaster’s lodging to extreme camping.

@rusnivek

First time working with Univision – interviews in Spanish!

For the first time in my career, I got a chance to work with Univision for a FEMA interview on the disaster recovery process.


Great to have Patty down with our crews at the Big Pine Key Disaster Recovery Center.


Like any good PIO, before the news crews arrived, we briefly went over questions and talked about the important points of disaster response/recovery as well as possible questions that could be brought up.


The Univision crews also interviewed people who were there too.


And since we have several people who speak Spanish, I figured that it would be great to have them get some camera time too.


Well done Carmen!

And of course, since this was the first time I worked with Univision, I had to get a selfie.


Glad to be a small part in helping getting the word out to the Spanish speaking community.

@rusnivek

Typical day on the Eisenhower…highway put into place by

Just your typical afternoon spent on the Eisenhower.

Fire + Police + EMS working tirelessly to help those involved in a MVA

DYK: In 1956 President Eisenhower established the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 which allocated monies for the creation and development of our national highway system across our country?

Bonus points for those that learned this factoid from the TV show Big Bang Theory and the Sheldon GPS.

@rusnivek

Technical jargon and giving actionable information Safety-PIO-SM-14-006

14-006: Technical jargon and giving actionable information
Agency: Chicago Fire Department Topic(s): Industry codes / Actionable info
Date: Fall 2014 Platform: Twitter

Industry speak or technical jargon is part of what we do every day. But using technical terms on a social media platform will be confusing to those who are NOT in the fire service. That’s what the Chicago Fire Department did yesterday at their big 3-alarm fire when they tweeted technical jargon.

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The use of technical jargon is rampant in emergency services but when speaking to the media or the general public, we need to remember that everyone did not grow up with a VOX alarm or SCU tones. In this case, a “311” or 3-11 alarm means that there are 11 engines, 5 Trucks, 2 Tower Ladders, 6 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Rescue Squad, 2 Ambulances, 2 Paramedic Chiefs, Deputy District Chief, Deputy Fire Commissioner, and the 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner are onscene. There is no way to include all that information in a tweet, but using more simple terms will help your audience understand the scale of your ongoing incident.

Before you post images, make sure your pictures are rotated correctly. I know accuracy is sometimes overlooked in lieu of speed, but it takes less than 5 seconds to orientate/rotate a picture (In this case, it was going to be a long operation). And note, by just rotating a picture does not equate that you are “doctoring up” photos. But a correctly posted photo will help media repost and format your information quicker to the masses.

During an emergency situation, your constituents need the information pushes to be actionable and specific to your audience. Not only inform them of the danger, but tell them what they can do about it.

A more effective tweet could have read:

Chicago Fire: Large 3-alarm fire at Harrison St x Fifth Ave. Traffic delays-avoid the area. (insert two pictures)

By phrasing it this way:

  1. You cite the authority having jurisdiction and established incident command presence.
  2. You generally described the size/category of the ongoing incident and critical information to media.
  3. You identify the exact location of the incident.
  4. You describe the delays in the area and give actionable information to your constituents.
  5. You still have lots of room to push properly orientated pictures with your informational tweet.

 

Time is valuable, so tweet good stuff.

@rusnivek

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Your kids prepared for any emergency? Can they all be a Ready Big Hero? #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

It’s midweek in the fourth week of 2014 National Preparedness Month

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Wacky Wednesday continues!

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

#24: Does your kid have it? Prepared for any emergency? Can they all be a Ready Big Hero? #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

Make sure all of your family is prepared for any emergency or disaster.

Make sure they prepare with you and run family drills because that’s real hero stuff.

Your kid can be a Ready – Big Hero too!

@rusnivek

 

 

It’s a sign alright #Hurricane #Iselle

This is NOT a good evacuation plan.

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Plan for routes that will be clogged with traffic.

Have your Family Communications Plan ready for everyone in your immediate family.

And don’t forget to hydrate.

Hope my Hawaii friends and family have prepared for Hurricane Iselle’s arrival today.

@rusnivek