Keep everyone safe in #Cleveland

Summer is here…so friendly reminder: Keep everyone safe.

And for those following along on the breaking news story today, pay close attention to this line: “A final meeting happened yesterday morning where the undercover agent and Pitts had a lengthy conversation — Pitts indicated his desire to participate in a terrorist attack on July, and his desire to kill military members and others.”

Be vigilant peeps.

Just to reiterate: FBI has the lead on all domestic terrorism issues.

@rusnivek

#CyberSecurity Conference in Lincoln for #NatlPrep #BadDayBag

Got invited to speak in Lincoln at the 2016 State of Nebraska Annual Cyber Security Conference. Great to have so many sponsors promoting CyberSecurity

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Incidentally, next month, October is National Cybersecurity Month.

Following the FBI is always a hard act to follow. Additionally, I was the after lunch speaker. Gish.

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Don’t worry, I’ll try to be serious. And yes, I’m wearing a tie.

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I’ll even play a few fun videos too.

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And they said try not to stand on any tables and chairs during class. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED~!

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Super fun time presenting to some new peeps including those who laughed at my new cat jokes. Special thanks to NIPC’s Leslie…

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…and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s Assistant Director Bryan and all the staff for the invite.

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Since it’s still September and still National Preparedness Month, don’t forget to have your #BadDayBag ready to go too.

BTW-people often ask what I do when I get stuck at an airport for 5+ hours.

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Hope this helps answer any questions.

@rusnivek

 

 

#CJSavesCLE gets nominated for an Emmy!

Super proud to see our little 2015 Christmas project #CJSavesCLE get nominated for an Emmy!

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Check out the Fox8 story here.

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Cleveland Police, Cleveland FBI, A Special Wish Foundation, led the charge. But so many public safety agencies and officials that made this day possible.

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I can’t thank them enough. All the planning was totally worth it.

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CJ – still such a cool dude!

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Many mahalos to my friend and fellow CPD Public Information Officer Sgt Jen Ciaccia.

@rusnivek

 

Dedicated professionals making magic happen for #CJSavesCLE 

So much planning – behind the scenes at Fox 8.


Each of these dedicated professional are working tirelessly in making a simple wish come true.

You can help CJ save Christmas too!


Hope you can join all of us IRL tomorrow. Hope to see you there.

Follow along with me on Twitter: @CLEPolice or Facebook: ClevelandPolice

Or tune in with Jen on Fox 8 news (WYW-TV) for live breaking news or on Twitter or Facebook.

Or search for the hashtag: #CJSavesCLE

 

@rusnivek

Ever wonder why we call it AMBER Alert?

Ever wonder why we call it AMBER Alert?

In January 1996, nine year old Amber Hagerman was riding her bicycle when a neighbor heard the girl scream. The neighbor saw a man pull Amber off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his pickup truck, and drive away at a high speed. The neighbor called police and provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle, but couldn’t recall much else. Arlington, Texas police and the FBI interviewed other neighbors and searched for the suspect and vehicle. Local radio and TV stations covered the story in their regular newscasts. Four days later, Amber’s body was found in a drainage ditch four miles away. Her throat had been cut. Her kidnapping and murder remain unsolved.

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Amber Hagerman

A concerned citizen contacted a Dallas, Texas radio station suggesting the idea that Dallas radio stations should repeat news bulletins about abducted children just like they do severe weather warnings. The idea was presented to the general managers of the radio stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They agreed that such a program would provide an important public service and might help save the life of a child.

Although the Amber Plan is named after Amber Hagerman, this national program is dedicated to all children nationwide who’ve been abducted. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 262,100 children are abducted every year. Specifically, 58,200 are non-family abductions and 203,900 are family abductions.

The Amber Alert Plan was launched in Ohio on January 1, 2003.

Ohio?

2013: 8 cases

2012: 10 cases

2011: 11 cases

2010: 8 cases

2009: 11 cases

2008: 12 cases

2007: 10 cases

Eyes up peeps, you could be the one who starts the rescue of a child.

@rusnivek

JIS – JIC planning class for Tribal State and local PIOs

A fine day to teach the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s JIS / JIC Planning for Tribal, State, and Local PIOs (G-291) course in Medina County!

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A classic start with The Who.

One of the big points emphasized in this class is the differences between a Joint Information Center (JIC) and a Joint Information System (JIS). Both have merits in daily operations and each have strengths and weaknesses in disaster operations.

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Sometimes PIOs don’t understand that a JIC or JIS activation is just like a normal activation. If you can’t figure out the differences between the two, take the class from those who have actually worked a JIC or a JIS.

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On Tuesday/Wednesday in the Basic Public Information Officers’ Course (G-290), we talked about training and readiness efforts for any PIO. Go Kits were a hot button topic as everyone’s PIO kit would most likely be different. Resource manuals are great to have, but difficult to keep updated. Just maintaining a PIO contact list is a tedious task.

Much discussion about food in the kit. This was obviously NOT a good example of what you should be eating during an JIC activation.

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Prob not the best lunch.

Healthy body = Healthy mind. Period.

As the day progressed, we facilitated several in-depth discussions on teamwork, joint efforts in responses as well as some pre-scripted messages that can be used by everyone. Planning now will reduce the amount of white hair during an incident.

Establish relationships now with local health departments, local and regional hospitals, local Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Teams, Special Technical Rescue Teams. Easily rely on your state staff and resources to support your actions. A great wealth of information is available to bring to the table. Just establish that connection before that awkward 0300 hit.

Additionally, tapping into local resources from other Federal Agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(ATF), National Weather Service (NWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs Border Patrol (CBP), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), etc…so many options to establish relationships!

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“Building relationships now can only increase our response effectiveness during a disaster.” – K. Sur

Looking outside government agencies, public and private partnerships can support our safety and response initiatives – so we need to make a concerted effort to make those connections now. Build relationships before a disaster!

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Sur and Mo!

So how can you bring all these resources together? Consider these actions to explore in your jurisdiction:

  • Train. Train. Train.
  • Open discussions with various providers.
  • Invite your all-hazards partners to meetings.
  • Meet regularly. Maintain contact.
  • Take classes together.
  • Share resource lists and contacts.
  • Support each other during operations.
  • Review After Action Reviews / Improvement Plans (AARs/IPs) together.

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And if you were wondering, class participants did well on their post-tests.

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Psssst…the answer is “C” #not

We had a great time teaching this week. Much thanks to the Medina County Emergency Management Agency and EM Director Christine Fozio for their hospitality. Super fun time.

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So much ducking fun (duck face reference)

Special thanks to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency for sponsoring this all-hazards class for our partners in public safety.

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(L to R): PIO Instructor Kevin Sur, Medina County Emergency Management Director Christine Fozio, and PIO Instructor Monique Witherspoon.

If you are looking to attend OEMA’s free PIO courses:

  • Public Information Officers Awareness course (G-289)
  • Basic Public Information Officers’ course (G-290)
  • JIS / JIC Planning for Tribal, State, and Local PIOs course (G-291)

**coordinate through OEMA State Training Officer Susan Traylor.

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As always, I’m looking forward to the JIC / JIS activation calls. I am excited for these new PIOs to put their new acquired PIO skillz in place. And yes, I said skillz with a Z.

Time is short so do good stuff!

@rusnivek