Live spot with News13 in Cudjoe Key for #Hurricane #Irma Response & Recover #Miami #Tallahassee #Orlando #Tampa

Got a chance to do a live spot with News13 out of Orlando in Cudjoe Key, Florida.

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Inside, it’s a whole different view​.

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As you know, Cat-4 Hurricane Irma made eye wall landfall here with incredible high winds and storm surge leaving heavy devastation throughout this neighborhood.


Lots to see and do esp w/ their field producing and staff onsite. I counted at least 7 cameras for their 6p live shot.

They even had a jib camera.


People will stare including our staff and state director.


Lots of steadycam shots leading into the first interview with former State of Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon.


Next live segment was with our Division Supervisor (DIV/SUP) who happens to be an Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) member.


Solid questions on response efforts and good inquiries for ongoing operations for recovery phase.


Great interactions and questions from the anchors.


Lots to discuss in response as well as recovery.


As you know, the recovery phase is the hardest part of a disaster.


Glad to be partnering with news agencies who get the story right. The Anchors and producer was super nice…so of course I had to take a selfie w/ them. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeze!


Making sure we represent FEMA – particularly Branch V Division Alpha.

Reporting live on News13 from Cudjoe Key, Florida…
@rusnivek

Friday Community Meeting in Monroe County

Much interest in today’s Community Meeting on updates for the Recovery phase here in Monroe County. HUGE turnout tonight.


Keeping things together as we at FEMA continue to support our local partners like the Monroe County Emergency Management Director Marty.

Behind the scenes: Some of my Branch V Division A-team that makes the FEMA magic happen.


Media on site. Lots of questions from everyone. And yes, as the FEMA PIO, I had to step in a few times.


Reporting live from the front of the room…

@rusnivek

Holiday? Time off? Nope. #PIO 

Disasters don’t take holidays…neither do we.


The entire team Branch 5 Division A is here!

Let’s do this.
@rusnivek

Sunday #PIO interviews for ABC Local 10 News in the Keys

Sunday is a packed day of media interviews!!


Hosting news crews from all over Florida here in Branch V isn’t easy esp when you are the only PIO assigned to the Division A. But yo – you gotta make magic happen.


Great to have news agencies that want to report the right story.


Glad to have my friends from ABC News10 in town.

@rusnivek

Videos from Acting Secretary Elaine Duke and Florida Governor Rick Scott on Disaster Response Recovery for Florida Keys

Here are just a few of the packages from both sides of the production house from my visit with the US Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, Florida Governor Rick Scott, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Willie Nunn, and other key leadership and dignitaries supporting the rescue/recovery operations.

Here’s the video from FEMA.

Here’s the video from ABC affiliate WPLG 10News out of Miami.

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Here’s the FacebookLife from Monroe County’s PIO.

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Working the magic to help promote Response and Recovery efforts here in the Keys –  #KeysRecovery!

@rusnivek

Hosted the Gov, Acting Sec DHS, and FL EM Director

This morning was busy with meetings with. Florida Governor Rick Scott and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott in an interview with ABC affiliate 10News from Miami on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Branch V Division Alpha!

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security in the Monroe County (FL) Emergency Operations Center.

All part of the hurricane Irma response and recovery specifically address to the Florida Keys.

Key national leadership briefing on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Lots of partners and Public Safety attending as well as our partners from the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, and so many more.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Monroe County (FL) Emergency Management Senior Planner discussing Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts for the Florida Keys.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott discussing strategies in the Monroe County EOC on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Glad to see cabinet level support of our disaster here in Branch V!

Numerous follow-up interviews were conducted and for me just seeing officials support our boots on the ground efforts and collaborate with so many other agencies is refreshing.

DHS/FEMA Division Supervisor Mark Landry (FCO Cadre Member) briefing with Florida National Guard leadership and Marty from Monroe County Administration on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts for the Florida Keys.

Here’s a sneak peek of the other side of the room with all the media.

Just some of the media who were allowed in the room for Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Fun times in such a small room!

More work today as the official FEMA public information officer.

Your faithful DHS/FEMA Branch V Division A PIO Kevin Sur overseeing the Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott multiple interviews in front of the Monroe County EOC on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Reporting live from the Florida Keys…

@rusnivek

Press amenities…because they are our partners in safety right? #PIO

Media considerations: Press amenities.

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Aside from giving the media the juicy story they crave…we should do a better job in considering their needs during a disaster.

However, in this day/age of media involvement and constant interaction, it would behoove us PIOs to better meet the needs of our partners (that’s right, I said partners) in safety.

For prolonged incidents, it would be nice if your agency:

  • Provided a bunch of plugs and/or outlets to use. Power seems to be a mandatory necessity during every day life. Just look at any airport with weirdos hunched around an open power plug.
  • Setting up a separate WiFi for media use only so they can meet their timely deadlines or push valuable info via social media. They are data hogs just like the rest of us. It has been proven for humans to exist, we need WiFi.
  • Held up white cards for white balance during setup…or better yet warm cards to help the videographers get their color scheme setup right. It does make you look like you just got back from someplace warm and now have a nice tan.
  • A simple cup of coffee would be a welcome olive branch in the midst of disaster/emergency. First informal rule of any disaster or emergency? A cup of coffee regularly ranks high on the scale of requests and necessities from everyone. Available 24/7.

Since we are breaking down barriers, we need to explore a few options to support our partners in safety. Look at this setup…

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…no seriously, look closer.

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What do you see?

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Build your relationships before a disaster and strengthen them as you continue to train exercise your skills. Partners in safety.

Let’s work together to better our response and enhance communications skills with just some basic needs for the press. Trust me, a little goes along way.

After all, the old adage goes: you can attract more friends with honey than vinegar…right?

@rusnivek