Browning out your Friday plans!

Browning out your Friday plans…

Look closely and you can see a Zulu Cobra.

Look closely and you can see a Zulu Cobra.

Operational proficiency is easy when you are in the classroom and it doesn’t hurt. Remember, it all goes to poop once it hits the fan.

As a hard core pro, continue to train in adverse conditions.

Be safe peeps.

@rusnivek

Easy video tip for field PIOs -and yes, it is definitely free #P26

Hello Friday!!!!

As part of the ongoing P26 push…I thought this quick video might help out a few peeps.

Mainly designed for PIOs, PAOs, and External Affairs Officers….I think anyone could utilize these easy tips.

Reporting live from the 24-7 SEOC…

@rusnivek

 

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

 

Need a backup EOC? I bet you can identify this one

For my Emergency Management Pros – have you done your continuity planning yet?

What? You don’t have a backup Emergency Operations Center?!?

Let me help you for free: Sports-type restaurants can easily double as an Emergency Operations Center.

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Oh schnikies – he’s right!

Remember on September 11th, FDNY had to move their EOC multiple times because of increased hazards, inaccessibility, and debris?

More planning? Any of the FEMA credentialed Master Continuity Practitioners can help you out…like me.

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Likely this could be a good alternate to any Emergency Operations Center right? Large parking lot, ability to provide food, bathrooms, etc….all the stuff we need.

So yes, if you are short on funding, consider identifying a few neighborhood sports restaurants as backup emergency operations centers in your AOR and mutual aid districts/regions.

@rusnivek

 

Coming in on @GCRTA for the #RNC2016 ? Here’s the #RNCINFO

Like me, are you using the Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority (GCRTA) to get to downtown Cleveland?

Here’s their map and information on their downtown stops.

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Also, you can subscribe FOR FREE to their Commuter Alerts program here.

I have found their social media team is very responsive to inquiries. Follow them on Twitter:  @GCRTA

BTW-If you happen to see me, say hi and let’s take a #selfie!

@rusnivek

 

Because the house isn’t on fire #DFT2015

So here’s a recap of my deep fried turkey ordeal in 2015

Oil splashing is VERY real. I measured several times the fill rates with water, and we still have spillage. As you can see, the hazard is real and there is no room for error.


The overfill could have caught fire and ignited a gigantic fire ball.

Luckily, I took all precautions and things turned out great. Turnout gear and fire gloves – MANDATORY!


Birds all vary in size and no matter how many times you’ve done this before, you can never be too safe.

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So what did we learn?

Plan for fire. Wear more than just shorts and flip flops. Boots, nomex everything!

 


Plan to be outdoors the whole time and never do it indoors.  

Hazards are real and you could explode and catch fire.


Use pure peanut oil to allow for the highest smoke point. Do NOT use olive oil.


Peanut oil actually expires so please check your expiration dates on the peanut oil package.


Measure your oil level first with water before you start frying. Use a catch bin like this seafood basket to better handle your bird and increase your chance of NOT dropping bird and splashing molten hot oil on everyone.


Just like El Guapo, make sure you have a plethora of fire extinguishers around.


Do it on concrete.


Have some aerial ops going on to help document your work.


Take photos while frying. (skillz)


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Glad I’m not dead or caught the house on fire.

Whew.
@rusnivek

Starting out – NIMS and ICS online classes

If you are getting started in taking a few National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS) classes, you’ve come to the right place! Best part about the classes below? They are all online, available 24/7/365, and can be done for free.

Here’s a list of recommended Incident Command System (ICS) classes according to the 2008 requirements.

1. ICS-100.b: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)

2. ICS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

3. ICS-200.b: ICS for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents

4. ICS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction

After you complete the courses above, let me know so I can recommend the next steps in training.

BTW-You even get a certificate when you successfully complete the above class and post tests.

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@rusnivek

 

Test em if you got em! #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

It’s Friday in the fourth week of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Ahhh, Aloha Fridays!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Practice for an emergency

#26: Are ALL your emergency flashlights working? Test em if you got em! #Prepared2014 #NatlPrep

Since it’s a beautiful day, I would be a great day to test all your flashlights.

A few weeks ago, I talked about having flashlights in case of an emergency. Now would be the time to test and make sure each flashlight is in working condition.

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Don’t forget about your helmet lights too!

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And for my friends in the law enforcement world, don’t forget to check all your weapon lights too.

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*I also had to change the batteries in my EOTech too.

Your preparedness actions now will definitely save you time during an emergency.

Reminder again, throw away all candles. Candles are dangerous and can start fires. Flashlights are WAY better for lighting.

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

@rusnivek

One gallon of water per day per person – 48 bottles! #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

Midstream in the third week of 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Are you drowning in these preparedness tips yet?

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Build an Emergency Kit

#16: One Gallon of water per day / per person. Calculated for you = 48 bottles of water per person in your #Prepared2014 kit! #NatlPrep

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So let’s do some simple calculations now.

1 bottled water = 8 oz of water

16 ounces of water = 1 pint of water

8 pints of water = 1 gallon of water

The recommendation is that every person has a gallon of water per day per person.

*****That means you need at least 16 bottles of water per person per day.*****

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If you just whispered ERMAHGERD….then you should buy some water today.

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This one is not negotiable…get it now. A case of bottled water is relatively cheap…like $3 for a case. Cheap. Do it.

Few tips once you get your water

  • Store your cases of bottled water in a cool dark place that is low to the ground.
  • So to keep your items fresh, make sure you rotate your bottled water regularly.
  • Not only for yourself, make sure you have enough water for your family.
  • I am not brand specific. Trust me, during an emergency, you will not be brand specific either.
  • Try to keep them in the shrink-wrapped. It’ll make it easier to move when needed.
  • Try to purchase clear bottles. It will help you see what’s inside.
  • Clear water bottles also can be used to amplify/diffuse a flashlight.

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Keep in mind, during an emergency, this is a very common sight.

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So don’t let this happen to you.

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Get your preparedness kit with water together today!

@rusnivek

Planning alternate travel routes to avoid adverse weather #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

Mowing this week down as we are almost to the middle of the second week in 2014 National Preparedness Month!

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Terriffic Tuesdays are here!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

#9: When planning alternate routes for work or evacuation, factor in adverse weather conditions #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

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By carefully planning your routes, you can prepare you and your family for adverse weather before it rolls in. Additionally, the use of your NOAA NWS Weather Radio to avoid bad weather will help you safely navigate to your destination in a timely fashion. Consider printing out maps w/ clearly defined routes for everyone in your family.

You do NOT want to mess with Mother Nature – so plan your routes accordingly and drive them often so you aren’t surprised by major/minor construction. Make sure you and your family are safe!

“Planning is everything.” – US President Dwight D Eisenhower.

@rusnivek