Crisis Comms meetings at ARC Chicago

Afternoon meetings with the Communications team with the Red Cross of Chicago!

Case studies? Social media? Response training? Media training? Yeppers, all of that stuff for for the L-team to boots-on-the-ground staff.

Looking forward to some upcoming Crisis Comms training with all their staff.

@rusnivek

FEMA launches Prepare with Pedro at the 2018 Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA Region V Administrator James Joseph was in Washington DC today for the Youth Preparedness Council at Red Cross HQ.

Great to see Ready.Gov partnering with everyone on today’s events.

Additionally, download the free Prepare with Pedro workbook for kids here.

@rusnivek

 

Monroe County Townhall Community Meeting tonight

Held the first Monroe County Townhall Community Meeting tonight. PIOs in action! They said there would be about 30 people there. But…


…I think someone misjudged the attendance.

We had several partners that attended as well. Glad to have participation from Red Cross.


PIO Sur reporting live from the stage here in Marathon City Park…
@rusnivek

Day-1 Ohio EMA Emergency Planning

Welcome to another solid start of Ohio EMA’s G-235: Emergency Planning course!

Thank you to Ashtabula County EMA for hosting this class for participants from three different FEMA regions. Here’s Ashtabula County EMA Deputy Director Tim Settles welcoming message to all our participants.

I immediately started involving them on identifying solid planning system characteristics.

Great discussion among Fire representatives, Emergency Management, and Red Cross professionals.

Additionally, CERT and HAM radio operators’ involvement was critical in plan writing as they will be testing/using those annexes.

Team leads from the Ohio National Guard / 52nd Civil Support Unit attended and worked closely with leadership from local/county EMAs.

Outstanding first day of class!

@rusnivek

Turkey thawing temperatures and safe handling techniques #DFT2015

To help thaw my turkey, I just might try this method.

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Maybe I should get some gloves so I don’t cross contaminate everything.

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But seriously, here’s a few tips to help keep your kitchen (and bathroom) clean as you are thawing your birds:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep all dishes, plates, and kitchen utensils clean.
  • Use different platters for the raw and cooked turkey.
  • When thawing turkeys in the fridge, use a try or pan to catch the falling juices that may leak.

That sounds like a ton of stuff to remember.

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Turkeys are more difficult to cook than rabbit

But for those science nerds or mathletes out there, here’s a more pound based calculation for you:

  • To thaw a 4-12 pound turkey, it will take approximately 1-3 days.
  • To thaw a 12-16 pound turkey, it will take approximately 3-4 days.
  • To thaw a 16-20 pound turkey, it will take approximately 4-5 days.
  • To thaw a 20-24 pound turkey, it will take approximately 5-6 days.

Basically, if you have a frozen turkey, over 12 pounds, you are screwed.

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Get thawing! NOW!

@rusnivek

My old friend = new NEOhio ARC Disaster Program Officer

Congrats to my old friend Tim O’Toole – the new Disaster Program Officer for the Northeast Ohio Red Cross!

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Tim just retired out of the Cleveland Fire Department as an Assistant Fire Chief…

Photo credit: Robert Burrow

CFD AC O’Toole. (Photo credit: Robert Burrow)

…and yes, Tim and I wore white helmets together.

http://neoredcross.org/2015/10/12/new-disaster-ops-chief-now-onboard/

We worked several large incidents and events for Fire/EMS as well as Emergency Management. Tim is an incredible resource for NE Ohio. I am so glad to see that he will continue to serve the area for the American Red Cross.

@rusnivek

How is the DigiDOC used at ARC HQ

Good overview on how the American Red Cross (ARC) uses social media.

Through the heat maps provided by Radian-6, ARC has the ability to better visualize the needs of the worldwide community.

Definitely a commercial for American Red Cross, Radian-6, and Dell.

Bonus: It also features a few friends too (Hi Gloria and Wendy!)

@rusnivek