NEO Public Information Officer quarterly training with WKYC 

Great to see the leadership at WKYC (NBC affiliate) for hosting our quarterly NorthEast Ohio’s (NEO) Public Information Officer (PIO) training!

Photo credit: K. Hyson, Cincinnati Health Department

Lots of discussion based around media relations focusing on timely and accurate reporting. Additionally, lots of conversation with good stories vs bad stories – which challenges the typical paradigm of news media’s “If it bleeds, it leads!” mantra.


“Off the record” conversation as well as immediate notification of incident dominated the early part of our conversation.

We moved into how strategy sometimes gets in the way of real emergencies and of course how our PIO narratives sometimes conflicts with how the story is produced.


To me, I was also surprised at how many reporters wanted txt msgs as compared to phone calls. In fact, desk assignment editors wanted a mention as well as a follow-up txt or notification of ongoing emerging issue.


I am very greatful to be able to have candid conversation with our partners in the media. And yes, sharing success stories as well as challenges will allow us to do a better job with our local media to communicate our safety messages. Very glad to hear that getting the story right is still the main drive of our local news agencies.

Many thanks to the pros at WKYC (NBC affiliate) Cleveland for the hospitality and generosity.


Reporting live from WKYC…

@rusnivek

Quarterly PIO training today for NEO Public Information Officers

Looking forward to seeing my fellow PIOs this afternoon for the quarterly NorthEast Ohio Public Information Officer (NEO-PIO) training at WKYC (NBC Affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio).

Glad to be able to put a face to a voice…and to be able to talk under non-stressful times is so nice.

For all PIOs/PAOs – Building relationships and networking are critical components of a successful communicator. Yeppers, networking is soooo….

Indeed it is Gretchen

@rusnivek

 

Supporting infrastructure today #NEORSD

Slight change of PIO plans today as I was initially assigned to ESF-13 (Law Enforcement) – I have been reallocated to support infrastructure.

So today, I spent some time with the NorthEast Ohio Regional Sewer District, their PIO/Outreach team, and WallyWaterDrop.

WallyWaterDrop and Jessica from NEORSD sharing important safety tips and stickers with everyone..

Great outreach event with Parent Magazine and with so many from our local area.

Also had a chance to pop a quick Periscope live video too.

Nice work Jen Elting!

Here’s a behind the scenes action shot (aka “making the magic happen”).

PIOs in action! (L to R: K. Sur, WallyWaterDrop, and J. Elting) PC: Chief J. Brewington

Great day to support our partners in public safety esp our PIO pros at NEORSD are an invaluable resource.

Fortunately, there was a Starbucks close by…so you know. #hydration

PIO + Coffee = Happy! PC: Chief J. Brewington

Reporting live with some Starbucks…

@rusnivek

September assignments to R5 & R3 – Also #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

After hopping around Region V in August, I’ll be able to stretch out a bit and swing east into Region-3. The September intel training class in DC will be rescheduled and (hoping that it’ll) get moved to the Pentagon.

At this time, it is Pennsylvania, Maryland, and back in Ohio for September.

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The outlook for October has a wider spread as I have been assigned to Region-V, Region-IV, and Region-III.

Keep smiling because it’s 2014 National Preparedness Month! (MY FAVORITE MONTH)

@rusnivek

Free safety tips for today’s severe weather inbound #OHWX

Got some bad weather heading to North East Ohio today.

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Here’s a few free tips you can use to prepare for today severe weather:

  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Consider postponing outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Break out your emergency preparedness kit and see if all flashlights are working. If not, get them in working order.
  • Charge all of your mobile devices including your cell phone now before the power goes out.

To get up to the minute updates during the Thunderstorm:

  • Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Weather Service.
  • Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are safe to use.

And after the storm passes, take these precautions as you survey the damage around your house:

  • Do NOT touch downed power lines. Assume all lines are charged and dangerous. Call your emergency services to handle safe removal of lines.
  • Wear log sleeved shirts and long pants with gloves and boots. Debris from storms are usually sharp and dangerous.
  • Power out? Check the power company’s website to see who else doesn’t have power here.
  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD

Feel free to share these tips with your neighbors too.

@rusnivek

Viewing and funeral information for slain Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker

Viewing and funeral information for slain Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker

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The viewings will be on Saturday, November 9th “B” from 1-5pm and Sunday, November 10th “C” from 10am-5pm at the EF Boyd and Son Funeral Home, 15357 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland 44112.

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There will be a service on Monday, November 11th “A” at 2pm at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland 44114. There will be a family hour starting at 1pm at the Public Auditorium.

MEMBERS WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FINAL SALUTE SHOULD BE IN FULL CLASS “A” (including caps) AND REPORT TO THE PUBLIC AUDITORIUM AT NOON ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH.

Reminder: The Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters has established the William Walker Family Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to the surviving spouse and dependent children of the late William Walker. Contributions can be made directly at any branch of the Firefighters Community Credit Union.

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Have any information in connection with the death of Cleveland Fire Lt. William Walker? Please contact Cleveland Police Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.

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@rusnivek