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!


Day-2: Basic Public Information Officers Course #PIO #PAO

Day-2 of FEMA / Ohio EMA Basic Public Information Officer course.

Many of our participants wanted to know what is was like to implement a media pool for an international audience so we obliged by showcasing the May 2013 landmark case of the Cleveland Survivors’ Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight.

After discussing interview tips, we reviewed all media interviews. Everyone got a chance to openly review their newly acquired PIO interview skills.

PC: E. Creech

PC: E. Creech

Sharp PIOs providing some sharp witty responses to the fictitious disaster.

Great discussion on redirection…

…and phrasing…

…and transitional phrasing or bridging…

…and reversing a negative…

…and of course the “no comment” conundrum.

All these in class activities help better our PIO on camera TV interviewing skills.

Meanwhile, a few participants tried to manually control the interview by holding my mic hostage.

Fun times.

Looking forward to our G291: Joint Information System / Joint Information Center class tomorrow on #AlohaFriday.



Instructing the National Emergency Management Executive Academy at FEMA

Pretty excited to instruct again on Monday at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.


My class is the newer National Emergency Management Academies EM Professional Programs (EMPP) – Executive Academy.


I’m truly honored to be chosen to instruct the National Emergency Management Executive Academy that focuses on Strategic Leadership and Critical Thinking. My part? Crisis Communications, Public Information Officer, and Social Media Exercises.


Sunnies on and pin on point!

I hope to see you in class on Monday!

Totes excited.



Top notch peeps from across the country in Texas

My social media class today…

Definitely one of the most diverse All-Hazard classes I had in a long while. Participants represented Emergency Management, Fusion Center, Public Works, Land & Natural Resources, Fire, Health Department, EMS, Private sector, HAZMAT, Police, Veteran’s Affairs, Intelligence, US Coast Guard PIAT, National Weather Service, CERT, and PIOs / PAOs.

Top notch peeps from across the country this week!

Special thanks to my old friend Houston Office of Emergency Management Melanie Manville for hosting this new #NDPTC class.

Many Mahalos.


Great time teaching at the PEMA 2014 Emergency Management Conference

I had a great time teaching at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) 2014 Emergency Management Conference.


Learned a TON of stuff and terminology too.

Special thanks to PEMA Director Glenn Cannon, Chief Deputy Director Robert Full, Director Norm Auvil, Acting STO Stephen Michelone Jr, EM Spec Graham Hess, and all the Area Directors for the hospitality.

Also glad to finally meet the FEMA Region III Training and Exercise Team.

It is outstanding to see such solid partnerships with Keystone Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) esp when it comes to the organization of such a large event.