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:

Washington, DC, June 4, 2009 -- 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

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.”

1280px-fema_-_26063_-_photograph_by_bill_koplitz_taken_on_08-29-2006_in_district_of_columbia

@rusnivek

 

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

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

img_0732 img_0738 img_0744 img_0746 img_0747

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

cufsdzdwaai4hkl

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

cufse5ewaaig4jv

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

14700896_10154156274479965_3041408046790233110_o

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

14692142_10154156274474965_3846882166083294847_o

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

14700994_10154156274464965_8243102027899341590_o

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

14691935_10154156274329965_505789533772549485_o

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

14680853_10154156274304965_2216639881898846088_o

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

14691336_10154156274154965_7516372784377901382_o

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.

20160129_112021

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.

FullSizeRender2

Just me, standing on chairs dancing away.

Of course all the news media was there too…

IMG_6692

WMBF News (NBC Affiliate)

PIO interview skills in 3…2…1…

20160129_104617

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

And the reporter?

20160129_104559a

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…

20160129_114216

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

…we talked a ton about response and RECOVERY!

img_6689

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.

FullSizeRender

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

IMG_6736

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.

IMG_6698

Preaching the good word about Disaster Recovery in South Carolina!

Looking forward to next year!

@rusnivek