To my fellow Americans….Happy 4th of July! #2018

To my fellow Americans….Happy 4th of July!!!

Cleveland, Ohio - 4th of July!

Cleveland, Ohio – 4th of July!

Here’s a few easy preparedness tips from the team at FEMA.

  • Leave the fireworks to the pros.
  • Keep children & pets at least 3 ft from grills & campfires.
  • Drink plenty of water – even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Check in on friends, family, & neighbors who don’t air conditioning.

And for those who are stuck inside/have to work, here’s a few fun option for you.

Maybe NYC is better?

No? How about Chicago?

Well, whatever you do, just keep it real safe everyone.

Happiest birthday to the greatest country in the world. #USA

America the beautiful.

@rusnivek

 

Keep everyone safe in #Cleveland

Summer is here…so friendly reminder: Keep everyone safe.

And for those following along on the breaking news story today, pay close attention to this line: “A final meeting happened yesterday morning where the undercover agent and Pitts had a lengthy conversation — Pitts indicated his desire to participate in a terrorist attack on July, and his desire to kill military members and others.”

Be vigilant peeps.

Just to reiterate: FBI has the lead on all domestic terrorism issues.

@rusnivek

Teaching moment for PIOs to news media

Let’s discuss this…because this news station/reporter could have made better decisions.

 

Soooooooo let’s use this as a good teaching moment. We Public Affairs pros are out there every day with the news media. Let’s revisit a few media relationships.

Perhaps in this situation, the news media was a askew on the important items and failed to think about the victim. I wish they would have considered the victim’s position. And if you heard the reporter say, “for the record” – the news story is NOT the record.

And yes, we as PIOs understand the mantra of following orders….TRUST ME we do. But taking the time to call, text, DM, etc….might be a good check between the PIO and media partners.

PIOs should reinforce to media that aside from going out to the scene, calling the PIO or the PAO might be a good option first. Most PIOs will tell you honestly if it’s a decent story or not. So establish trusted relationships before an emergency or disaster.

To my fellow PIOs – revisit your media relationships again. Wish them a happy summer and tell them to “be safe and do the right thing” – for realz.

Remember, the news media is our partner in proliferating information out during an emergency so as professionals, we should all work more closely together and use this as a PIO/media relations teaching moment.

Kudos to Newburgh Heights Police Department (located in NE Ohio).

IMHO: Yikes.

@rusnviek

Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals

Starting game-4 of the 2018 NBA Finals in Cleveland, Ohio-

That’s right, let’s get some IAP action on for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Golden State Warriors!

Like all good Emergency Management actions – all briefings done and documents like the comprehensive IAP helps bring everyone together on the same operational plan.

As field PIOs, we are out and about during the game.

Half time inside FanFest was quite busy.

Lots of interesting people out and about.

Glad to see so many Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans out here to support the home team.

Even ran into a few media folks from California as well as locals who were out supporting the teams too.

Sur and Livingston

Sur and Livingston

In the end, the final outcome of the game was not so fun…

…but incredibly proud to work with so many all-hazards partners in public safety for the end of the 2018 NBA Finals.

Glad to be supporting solid professionals.

Bob, dance us out of the EOC will ya?!?

See you in 2019!

@rusnivek