2019 National Preparedness Symposium Day-2

An incredible Wednesday as we continue our efforts to collaborate here at the 2019 National Preparedness Symposium.

I chatted with Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor on the importance of continuing to build a culture of preparedness and how it is so critical to our audiences.

Super nice guy.

He then popped the morning plenary session to the entire conference and FEMA employees. Huge discussion on our strategic plan and then a few things in his role as a state director he wished he had when he started at FEMA.

Solid insight from the top at FEMA. Nice guy.

Lots of afternoon sessions including one with the National Disaster Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

Great discussion amongst participants including

  1. Policy/procedure on admittance into courses
  2. Frank discussion on prerequisites for admittance into class
  3. Ongoing class challenges including rostering.

After the NDPC panel discussion was over, I quickly moved a few rooms over to check out a worthwhile discussion on the I–35 bridge and failing infrastructure. Also had some discussion about structural assessments.

Glad to be having ongoing discussions to maintain our critical access points in many cities across the US.

Then it was time to present my course: Social Media in Emergency Management. Woohoo!!!!

Glad to be sharing the knowledge with providers from across the country.

Engaged audience including a few questions on engagement as well as OSINT gathering and augmented reality. Great to peek the interest and maybe MAYBE be that catalyst for change with our industry.

Shout out to Bronlea the n00b as this was her first trip to the Center for Domestic Preparedness!

Looking forward to tomorrow’s FIT class with FEMA Director John Allen.

Reporting live with all the HQ peeps hanging in FEMA Region 4…

@rusnivek

Final day of Ohio EMA’s Emergency Planning Course

Second and final day of our Ohio EMA Emergency Planning course!

We are going to dive deep into CPG-101 and talk about how we can increase our ability to write better EOP base plans and enhance our annexes.

All four groups firing all the way as they work through challenges in formulation of SMEs for plans.

Dynamic chatter esp focusing in on American Red Cross and Emergency Management when it comes to bringing people to the table.

Dove deep into how CPG101 applies, incorporating the NRF, lots on NIMS compliance, and of course ICS requirements. Discussion also lead to a few case studies including Hurricane Jacob Cat-5 to Cat-2 hit.

Also fortunate to have key players from CERT, HAM, EM, and law enforcement at the table discussing challenges with paid vs volunteer staffing and accounting for resources.

I want to give a major shoutout to Alicen and Tim for their hospitality this week for the Ohio EMA G-235 course. Most gracious and hospitable course coordinators.

Now go forth and formulate good EOPs!

@rusnivek

My deployment stuff ready to go

For those that wanted to know, here’s my disaster deployment stuff ready to go.

deploymentbags-2

Backpack: 511Tactical RUSH 24-hour.

Rollerboard: Travel Pro MaxLite-3

Pelican case(s): 1510 Pelican cases (both admissible as carry on luggage on any domestic airline)

Large rolling duffel: Columbia Storm Chaser. Normally, I put the boots in the outside boot pocket of the large duffel, but I wanted to give you some size context.

Hope this helps out.

@rusnivek

 

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-04-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-04-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

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And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-03-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-03-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

fact stamp

And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-02-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-02-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

fact stamp

And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-01-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-01-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

fact stamp

And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek