Bring it in External Affairs rally up!

As we rally up at the Federal Interim Operating Facility (IOF), our FEMA External Affairs contingent briefs with FEMA Rregion 5 External Affairs Mark Peterson.


In other words, this is basically us forming Voltron.

People in this picture will be immediately deployed across the State of Florida to integrate into Command positions as a part of the Federal response for Hurricane Irma (4337-FL). Not only PIOs, but we represent so many factions within External Affairs.

This is a Presidentially Declared Disaster so whisper me those magical two words – “Stafford Act”

Aww yeah boyeeeeee, bring it. EA in the house!

@rusnivek

Morning peeps! #Irma 

‪Morning peeps. Lotsa hurry up and wait.

I’m glad to be supporting our response mission with solid FEMA PIO work. #Irma #FL ‬


@rusnivek

State of Ohio EMA G291 Joint Information Center / System class at Medina County EOC

Packed State of Ohio EMA Joint Information Center / Joint Information System course today!

Started everyone into group work as well as ongoing discussion on the role of SMEs at a press conference.

Just in case, we also tasked participants to start thinking about a policy/protocol for their agency on sneak attack aka ambush interviews.

We found as we leverages our strengths and capitalize on our skills, we as JIC Managers can better meet the needs of any situation – we just gotta find the right PIOs for the job.

As our groups collaborated, we found that despite crossing state lines, we still have the same problems as other areas – thus proving our point that we need to consistently train together and exercise our plans together.

Many of our participants enjoyed working in the JIC setting and were excited to work in a JIC during the next activation. Most excellent as we build a strong cadre of PIOs across this great state.

My Ohio Peeps!

Reporting live from Medina County’s Emergency Operations Center….

@rusnivek

Day-4 as the FCO’s Press Secretary 

Day-4 and my Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) wanted to brief the entire Joint Field Office (JFO).


Words of encouragement to rally the team and keep the momentum going is an important part of any situation.

Awesome. I’m just glad to be a part of the team.


No supersoakers or motorized podiums yet.

Second day of being the FCO’s Press Secretary – bring it on Thursday!

@rusnivek

Few PIO takeaways from yesterday’s #CLEStPats Parade Spoxing

Few Public Information Officer (PIO) takeaways after yesterday’s #CLEStPats Parade.

#Spectacles are great for “hands-free” wearable technology…because its difficult to ride a bike and social media.


Duh! Hands free is great.

However, many people asked about my Spectacles which made it difficult to focus in on duty stuff.


The video activation on Spectacles was tough because I had/could only use my left hand only to start the video.


I wonder if those that have been following along on the SnapChat story, are disappointed when they see it’s only a “regular snap” vs “from Spectacles” in the top left identifier. I guess it’s the same viewer mindset as picture vs video because video appeals to more audiences with movement. Spectacles video is circular in nature, easy to expand view of scene. Here’s a quick example.

Here’s the view from a portrait style snap.

And here’s the same view bust just one of the possible views of a snap with viewer control of scene and framing.

Obv, lots more to see.

Additionally,  I can see many of the viewers expecting video as they are getting the “behind the scenes” details with consistent narration. Which means – WE HAVE TO KEEP TALKING ALL THE TIME! Yikes.


As for Spectacles, you might want to consider your breathing as part of the “production” because my Spectacles picked up my breathing standing still and on the bike.

Wind blocking isn’t so great on them – so your “action” movement might be tough to record proper audio. There are no visible ports on SnapChat’s Spectales to attach an external mic.

Again, fun times yesterday with Cleveland Police and so many all-hazards partners in public safety.


If we consistently support each other, we will all succeed in our respective missions.

Be safe out there peeps!

@rusnivek

Brand new FEMA #NDPTC Social Media Engagement Strategies at State of Colorado EOC

I am honored to bring a brand new social media course out: FEMA/NDPTC Social Media Engagement Strategies


This particular social media course has been under development for the past few years. With it’s first delivery in the Pacific NW in 2015. But the best part is today’s course is in Colorado! 


At the heart of FEMA Region 8 – these peeps know their stuff.

State of Colorado PIO Micki Trost welcoming all the participants in the class. 


Many of the PIOs in class today are from almost all ESFs including a strong contingent from ESF-01: Transportation!


Great partnerships with local, state, Federal partners, and DoD representatives in class today.


I also got a chance to share my field deployable PIO Kit (aka my man bag / man purse / European carry all)


Great discussion on social media and how to increase engagement on various platforms including Slackk, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Musicaly, SoundFile, and of course a few tips on how to have a corrrdinated approach to dissemination of information to external partners as well as internal employees. Remember, all internal employees (if they consent) could be brand ambassadors of their agency.

Active in class discussion as well as spirited activity in class w/ EOC and VOST teams can mutually benefit if both understand the needs and requests.

And also a VERY special shout out to the courses creator: Cheryl “HAZMAT MiniVan” Bledsoe. #famous 

Obv, MaryJo and I are stoked to be the first instructors to bring this to Colorado!

Stay safe peeps, it’s only Wednesday.

Engage on social media like a MoFo and always do good stuff.


Reporting live from the State of Colorado Department of Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center…

@rusnivek

Kicking off another Basic PIO Course at Wayne Township Fire

Breaking down more Public Information Officer stuff today at Wayne Township Fire!

PC: Mike Pruitt

PC: Mike Pruitt

Basic Public Information Officer (G-290) for my 29 newest peeps!


And yes, I already brought out the PIO stick!

PC: Ivette Olave

PC: Ivette Olave

You know we’re going to have some great collaboration today!


Reporting live from the front of the class…

@rusnivek