I hate HATE writing emails like this…
I hate HATE writing emails like this…
Volunteer and Donations Management class today.
Lots of discussion was sparked by spontaneous volunteers.
While easy to handle, complex to handle without a tested and easy system to categories skills and personnel.
Additionally, lots focused on resource and supplies. A casual remark in class is that volunteers can house all kinds of stuff and be able to distribute everything accordingly.
Let me be very honest, I love people that want to help. But if you dump this task on an untrained and unfamiliar set of volunteers, it will not go smoothly. You have to train them, set them in a direction, and of course be as organized and coordinated as you can be. Make them part of your team EARLY!
So to share a perfect example of serving in disaster recovery, I’ll again share the AmeriCorps package we put together while deployed out for Hurricane Maria on the US Virgin Islands St. Thomas.
A few takeaways for participants in today’s class:
Train your volunteers frequently as they should be a valuable part of our community’s recovery process.
Day-2 of the State of Ohio Basic Public Information Officers’ Course here in Summit County. And yaaassss, #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink!
Started off the morning talking about interview skills and techniques that are readily used by both PIOs and Reporters/Photojournalists.
Reviewed all oncamera interviews from all the participants in our class.
We want to prepare our new PIOs with the best training so they are capable off hitting the ground running representing their agency positively in a crisis or emergency.
Steve brought in the Team from WKYC (NBC affiliate) Akron Office to be our panel discussion.
Lots of great points including what could make or break a PIO – esp for a close tight knit community like Akron and Summit County. Special thanks to Reporter Amani Abraham and Photojournalist Carl Bachtel on their insight to news media.
I was able to get my friend Cleveland Police PIO Sgt Jennifer Ciaccia to give a dual presentation with me on the 2016 Republican National Convention and other Cleveland activities.
As a team, Jen and I are solid, but we recognize that others are needed to establish the efforts of PIOing within their own communities – no matter pre-planned event or emergency.
And yes, we addressed how PIOs need to keep current on social media trends esp on national cool campaigns…like the mannequin challenge.
Again, special thanks to Jen on the support of today’s State of Ohio Basic PIO class.
Afternoon was dedicated to the PIO TTX. We setup two groups with all participants for the in class mock press conference and they did a solid job. Both groups worked together…
…and formulated talking points….
…organized and strategically thought out a press conferences agenda…
And of course controlled the unruly fictitious media reps from OZRadio, WTF, and the YellowBrickRoadNews. FEMA Phil and USFA Tom would be so proud of us MPIOs to see us working the press conference part of the class.
Another great day for PIO training in the State of Ohio!
Packed house as we start another Ohio EMA Basic Public Information Officer Course in Summit County, Ohio!
Special thanks to Jena and all the pros at Summit County Emergency Management Agency.
Great diverse crowd from various backgrounds allow us to have wide discussions on topics. With so many disciplines represented, we had a deep dive into lots of classroom tabletop activities for PIOs.
Remember, its our job to align ourselves with those SMART Objectives, then analyze our audiences, then write specific messaging to our targets audiences.
Easy peasy right? In person classes like the Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery as well as Social Media Tools & Techniques. And of course don’t forget all those fun online FEMA Independent Study classes too. (all classes are no cost)
And of course we did the oncamera PIO interviews today. Staple of our class!
Last part of the day, we hit the social media section hard cause we talked a ton about case studies highlighting success stories and pitfalls in social media use. And of course, don’t forget to get #slizzerd
Tweet responsibly peeps!
Reporting live from Summit County…
Proud to have been a small part of the DHS/FEMA Incident Command training for all public safety professionals at the Superbowl today.
Have fun in Minneapolis…
…and most importantly, keep em safe peeps!
Ahhh, I love the smell of EOC in the morning…
Reporting live from the Emergency Operations Center…