Unidirectional mics and keeping it up! #PIO P26

Hello AlohaFriday!

Mic check! Sibilance. Sibilance. Check. Check.

As part of the ongoing P26 push…I thought this quick video about field mics might help out a few public safety colleagues.

Mainly designed for PIOs, PAOs, and External Affairs Officers….I think anyone could utilize these easy tips.

Reporting live from the 24-7 SEOC…


Quick lists with go packs and a few checklists #NatlPrep

Since we are in September aka 2015 National Preparedness month, here’s a quick rundown of all checklists, go packs, preparedness kits, and other assorted items on preparedness. Those items marked with a (*) and bold are to me the most critical ones.

Checklists for Family Preparedness Kit: checklist_2014

Family Communications plan (kids to complete) FEMA_plan_child_508_071513

*Family Communications plan (Parents to complete) FEMA_plan_parent_508_071513

*How much water do I need to prep: https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/16/one-gallon-of-water-per-day-per-person-48-bottles-natlprep-prepared2014/

Distilled down, here’s the most essential parts of my preparedness kit: https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/15/important-parts-of-my-emergency-preparedness-kit-natlprep-prepared2014/

MREs? Here’s what they are: https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/14/3-days-of-food-per-person-for-your-emergency-preparedness-kit-natlprep-prepared2014/

*My tech disaster kit: https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/20/tech-kit-how-geeky-or-nerdy-is-yours-natlprep-prepared2014/

*Have a pet? Here’s what’s in my Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit:  https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/19/your-pet-needs-an-emergency-preparedness-kit-too-check-out-the-one-i-have-ready-to-go-prepared2014-natlprep-woof/

Everyone always asks, what is readily in all my disaster kits – DuckTape: https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/18/this-emergency-preparedness-kit-multipurpose-item-literally-sticks-to-everything-prepared2014-natlprep-tbt/

Better IRL whistle for attention? Horn me: https://whereisrusnivek.com/2014/09/17/a-better-whistle-for-your-emergency-preparedness-kit-natlprep-prepared2014/

*Enable EAS Alerts to all your mobile devices (turn your GPS location on).

*On Twitter, follow @FEMA and your state’s Emergency Management Agency for good preparedness lists and more emergency response information.

On Facebook, follow your local National Weather Service Office for updates on current weather conditions.

Subscribe to your local Emergency Management’s informational pushes on their respective mass notification system.

*Print out a list of your immediate and extended family’s home and cell phone numbers (I nerd it out and happen to use the DHS/FEMA ICS-205 form).

*Keep your mobile devices and cell phones charged up.


Stay safe peeps!


Your image on social by monitoring your name Safety-PIO-SM-14-007

14-007: Your image on social by monitoring your name
Agency: Lakewood Fire Topic(s):         Monitoring your name/branding
Date: Fall 2014 Platform:        Twitter

Monitoring your namesake has been debated for years. But with decreased staffing and less time to do more with less, many agencies are bypassing this critical piece of community relations and image/branding. A good example is when a citizen commented on Lakewood Fire’s SUV parking.


Everyone has a camera these days. We use them not only to capture memories and precious moments, but also for documentation and shaming. I believe Todd was going for the public safety shaming factor here. I am unsure on the previous relationship between Todd and Lakewood, but there was never a response on Twitter back to Todd. Truth be told, these days, unanswered public questions are sometimes perceived as a government agency cover-ups/issues. Similar to the “No comment” – a non-response might even be worse.

How do you monitor your agency’s name or any derivatives? Try these free services: Google Alerts, search columns in TweetDeck or Hootsuite, or frequent basic vanity searches on any search engine or social media platforms.

While Todd’s use of hashtags is fairly standard social media malarkey, a swift response with a timely and direct reply to Todd’s tweet would help stop the perception that LFD is breaking the law or even setting a bad example. Remember, social media is about digital interaction.

The response could also be a teaching point so share with your audience some insight into your normal operations with a simple message on Fire Prevention activities – like hydrant testing. And using the hashtag #FirePrevention pulls up thousands of tweets about educating the public specifically in fire safety.

An effective @reply response to Todd’s tweet could have read:

@stwrs1974 During an emergency, it’s tough to find safe parking. FYI-we also check/flush hydrants twice a year too #FirePrevention 

By phrasing it this way:

  1. You immediately address the issue directly with the citizen citing the issue.
  2. You provide insight into scene safety during an emergency.
  3. You call attention to your normal operations (in this case-hydrant flushing).
  4. You use the hashtag #FirePrevention to call attention to…well…Fire Prevention.
  5. You show the general public you care about your image and want to get the story right.

Time is valuable, so tweet good stuff.


***To download this as a single-page printable format, click this file:



Your vehicle preparedness kits and maintenance before winter hits #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

It’s Sunday in the fifth and final week of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

SundayFunday in the hizzouse!

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

#28: Your vehicle preparedness kits and maintenance before winter hits #NatlPrep #Prepared2014


Winter is just around the corner and many Meteorologists are predicting a brutal winter.

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
  • Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires – Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Double check your emergency preparedness kit in all your vehicles with:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight
  • battery-powered radio
  • extra batteries
  • water
  • snack food
  • matches
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • first aid kit with pocket knife
  • necessary medications
  • blanket(s)
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt and sand
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares
  • fluorescent distress flag

Hope these tips help you prepare for your winter driving.


Don’t wait for the snow to hit first, be prepared.

Safe travels everyone!




No matter how much your pets beg… #Preparedness2014

No matter how much they beg, minimize the amount of time your pets spend outside in severe winter weather #OHWX #Preparedness2014



Check your vehicle preparedness kit now before this happens to you…

How is your vehicle emergency preparedness kit?

Check it out BEFORE you leave home today!


Need some help or ideas in assembling your emergency preparedness kits? Don’t know what to put into your emergency preparedness kits? Check out these free checklists.

Stay safe peeps!


Time to check your NOAA weather radio

Bad weather? Cold Weather? Want to know the weather?

Good time to check the latest #OHWX via your NOAA Weather Radio now


And if you happen to be in the Cleveland area = 162.550mHz     SAME#039035


The National Weather Service (NWS) provides local weather broadcasts via NOAA Weather Radio from more than 700 transmitters nationwide. NOAA Weather Radios provide continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from local NWS offices. Weather messages are repeated every 4 to 7 minutes, or more frequently in rapidly changing local weather, or if a nearby hazardous environmental condition exists. This service operates 24 hours a day.