Florence is bearing down on South Carolina #SCWx

Hey South Carolina friends!

Florence is bearing down to you now. Here’s the current forecast from our friends at the  NHC.

What to do? How to prep?

Check out the South Carolina Emergency Management website for great tips on hurricane prep.

Easy to find preparedness stuff and, if you want, download their mobile app too!

Always be prepared peeps!

@rusnivek

 

Florence is bearing down on North Carolina #NCWx

Hey North Carolina friends!

Florence is bearing down to you now. Here’s the current forecast from our friends at the  NHC.

What to do? How to prep? Check out the North Carolina Emergency Management website for great tips on hurricane prep.

Easy to find preparedness stuff and, if you want, download their mobile app too!

Always be prepared peeps!

@rusnivek

 

A free app with preparedness info? #NatlPrep #EmergencyManagement

So many state emergency management agencies have apps that can help you prepare. Here’s a fine example of the @scemd app that has tons of #preparedness info on #hurricane #nuclear #winter #snow #thunderstorm #wildfire #flooding #thunder #tornado #safety

No matter what part of the country you reside or work, be better prepared with these kinds of free apps available to anyone.

#FREE #NATLPREP

So many free things you can do to better prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster.

@rusnivek

2018 Master Public Information Officer Program #Squad

My #Squad

2018 Master Public Information Officer #SquadGoals

2018 Master Public Information Officer #SquadGoals

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

@rusnivek

 

NRCC from Level II to Enhanced Watch #Hurricane #Matthew

From FEMA Disaster Operations:

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Washington, DC, Part of the DHS seal, the FEMA logo and the DHS Flag, on the wall in the National Response and Coordination Center. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

“Today, the National Response Coordination Center, in coordination with Region IV and field leadership, transitioned from Level II activation to an Enhanced Watch.”

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@rusnivek

 

Few pictures from Lumbarton, NC #Hurricane #Matthew #NCWx

From a friend in the USMS who is deployed out in Lumbarton, North Carolina.

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Few pictures from FEMA and one of the 10 USAR teams who are deployed out in Lumbarton, North Carolina.

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FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Page Liked · 2 hrs · FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Search f Lumberton, NC, USA–FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Missouri Task Force 1 look for residents that may be stranded in a neighborhood that was flooded following Hurricane Matthew. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

@rusnivek

 

 

2016 South Carolina Business Disaster Recovery Symposium – final thoughts and thanks

Last week, I had the chance to present in front of the leaders of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach at the 2016 South Carolina Business Disaster Recovery Symposium.

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It was a packed house! (Photo credit: A. Hardin)

It is outstanding to see everyone, especially private industry building partnerships with governmental agencies. I talked a ton about the use of social media and communications.

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Just me, standing on chairs dancing away.

Of course all the news media was there too…

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WMBF News (NBC Affiliate)

PIO interview skills in 3…2…1…

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“We must work in tandem with our partners in public safety…” (Photo credit: A. Hardin)

And the reporter?

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Trust me, the WPDE (ABC affiliate) News reporter Liz Cooper was hilarious. (Photo credit: A. Hardin)

At this Symposium, not only were they talking about preparedness…

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Gahhhh, I love preparedness! My favorite month is……. (Photo credit: A. Hardin)

…we talked a ton about response and RECOVERY!

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Because it isn’t as sexy, the recovery phase in Emergency Management does not have the same visibility when compared to the Preparedness phase or the Response phase. So this symposium is a perfect opportunity to showcase some messaging and how communications needs to be an integral part of any government or private business during recovery.

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And when the Horry County Office of Emergency Management deems your presentation “on fleek” – *swoon*

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Mahalos Brooke!

Many thanks to the team at the City of Myrtle Beach. Special Alohas to EM Rockstar Allison and Senior Planner Diane for the invite.

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Preaching the good word about Disaster Recovery in South Carolina!

Looking forward to next year!

@rusnivek

 

 

 

Apps away~! #NatlPrep #free #app #tech

Final week of 2015 National Preparedness Month!

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Don’t freak out, still lots of things to do like download a bunch of free apps for your smart phone!

Here’s an example of a good app from the State of North Carolina Emergency Management Agency’s ReadyNC.

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The ReadyNC app It talks about numerous preparedness activities as well as what to do after an emergency. Download it here.

FEMA’s got a great app that you can use to reference great info on disasters and preparedness.

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Additionally you can check out their new Disaster Reporter feature, Social Hub, and get free vetted weather alerts. Download it here.

Easy way to inform others? Get out there and present/share your preparedness efforts with all your partners in public safety.

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You know the phrase: An ounce of prevention/preparedness can save…..

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Download a bunch of free apps today!.

Get your Mundays over by clicking here!

@rusnivek

LODD Captain Bowen’s Story by Randy Mantooth #Firefighter

Definitely a worthwhile video to watch pertaining to the Asheville Fire Department Captain Jeff Bowen Line Of Duty Death (LODD) in 2011.

http://vimeo.com/101231318

*Personal note: Capt Bowen was one of my students in my Firefighter class.

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Video produced by Randy Mantooth and sponsored by Masimo.

Jeff: Keep an eye out for all of us at the elevated IC.

@rusnivek

Firefighter self-rescue / bailout course in North Charleston SC

Back at it on the fireground for three days of teaching Firefighter bailout instructor class to North Charleston Fire (SC).

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I’m glad to be working with these professionals for over 7 years now.

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Also, it appears they got some new equipment as well….Boy oh boy did they spec this thing out well – I’m impressed!

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Train like you fight was the mantra for all instructors who participated in classroom and then the hands on portion part in several training evolutions.

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Looking forward to seeing them again very soon.

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Also looks like we will be doing phase-2 and phase-3 training too.

Awesome.

@rusnivek