Another solid JIC JIS course on #AlohaFriday 

Today is DHS/FEMA’s G-291: JIC/JIS planning for Tribal, State, and Local PIOs!


Lots to talk about esp coordination with various all-hazards agencies.

Also glad to share a few PIO/JIC stories on 3-girls that were missing for 10+ years as well as the 2016 NBA Championships, Republican National Convention, 2016 World Series, and 2017 NBA Championships.


On top of that, our class wanted to know more about social media so I can indulge a bit. Not only on #s, geolocation, platforms, etc….but also lots on newer wearable technology too.


As always in any class we instruct, we try to make fun and exciting. And yes, thumbs up for PIOs!


Special thanks to WTFD Capt Mike Pruitt for the coordination and hospitality.. Glad to see so many new PIOs in the audience.

Happy Aloha Friday peeps!

@rusnivek

Day-2 of FEMA Basic Public Information Officer Program

Day-2 of FEMA’s Basic Public Information Officer Couse started out with reviews of all crisis interviews.


Collaborating on communications tactics with various agencies allows PIOs to craft the right message – esp in a disaster.


Erica had a chance to share JIC efforts from the Republican National Convention.


And you know I shared some tactics and tips on ascertaining open source info utilizing geolocation/metadata during a National Special Security Event. I also chatted briefly about tools field PIOs should use when deployed out.


After lunch we were fortunate enough to hear from a great panel discussion: Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine, the Information Officer for central Indiana and RTV6’s Investigative reporter Paris Lewbel.


Both panelists candidly shared information with everyone attending.


Side note: Sgt John Perrine is the brains behind the truly viral PSA hit on vehicles turn signals. Check it out here.

Great to work with so many pros today.

@rusnivek

This week, we are starting another G290…

Another great start to a solid G-290: Basic PIO Course with WTFD.


Greetings and welcome to everyone in Region-5 by Capt Mike Pruitt.


Started out the morning with building a base of core PIO principals including reviewing writing that targets a specific target audience.

Photo credit: M. Pruitt

Ahem. Press releases are almost dead.

Erica talked about how critical Incident Communications Analysis plays a big part in how our audience uses/digests information.


We started all the on-camera interviews after lunch. Lots of great interviews…

Photo credit: M. Pruitt

…and solid techniques showcased in the field interview exercises…

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…many of the participants are already functioning as PIOs within their own communities.

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Group work in the afternoon…


…with more discussion and reporting out of critical facts while writing talking points.


We are so fortunate to have such a diverse class of participants willing to share information.

Reporting live from the most funnest PIO class ever…

@rusnivek

This busy 5-7-8-6-5 December will close out 2016

Slight delayed as I was OCONUS – but December is here! December is here!

First week, I’ll be presenting at the 2016 County Engineers Association of Ohio’s Annual Winter Conference. I’ll then be on a special detail to the Blue Springs Police Department (Missouri). And then teaching some social media in Topeka for the State of Kansas Emergency Management. Region-7 baby!

Second week, I’ll be back at the State of Colorado’s Emergency Operations Center to teach the new FEMA/NDPTC social media tools and techniques course. Region-8 is great!

Third week, I’ll head down to Region-6 to Baton Rouge to teach another FEMA/NDPTC social media tools and techniques course.

And then the fourth week, I’ll be in southern Ohio teaching a detailed public information course and crisis communications workshop. Back in Region-5!

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How did the holidays get SO busy?!?!

Be safe peeps!

@rusnivek

 

Popped in to Sharonville Fire

Great to pop in to see the pros at Sharonville Fire (Ohio).

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Also oogling their new ladder truck too (Old midship mount tower ladder to new rear mount stick). They even went with a black stick. So chic!

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As usual, they left me and went running out to save someone’s life. #awesome

Excited for their upcoming crisis communications class in December.

@rusnivek

 

Prepping for next week’s PIO classes and exercises

Prepping for another Public Information Officer, Crisis/TV interviews, and Social Media Courses next week.

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Reporting live from LEX18…

I am definitely using a few examples to help break the ice.

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Talofa from TALA FOU News!

But don’t worry, I have a whole library of examples to share – basically, what I’ve learned through experience.

One of the basic tips I talk about is RBF.

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WKYC-3 (NBC Affiliate) in Cleveland, Ohio Photo Cred: Adam Gercak

Posture is important especially since I look super small behind a podium.

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NBC24 (NBC affiliate) in San Francisco

One thing is for sure, on camera, I need to smile more.

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Fox-8 in Cleveland, Ohio

#Yikes

Who is attending? I have the Mayor, entire City Council, Safety Director, Public Safety Chiefs, Health Department, Emergency Management, etc….So yeah, it should be fun.

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Have a great long weekend peeps. Please take time to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms in this great country.

@rusnivek