Best Practices for Incorporating…

A few good friends sent me the new Best Practices for Incorporating Social Media into Exercises released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology First Responders Group.


Click on the link above to download the entire pdf.

Lots of good reading info in there from the International CAUSE IV experiment that I contributed in Michigan and our international partners in safety – Canada Public Safety.



Support your local first responders #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Third solid week of 2016 National Preparedness Month! This week, we honor and celebrate all of our all-hazards first responder who serve tirelessly throughout the country.

Every day, thousands of first responders (paid and volunteer) put it all on the line for the general public we know and people we don’t know. Day or night, countless individuals respond to the call and make a difference in each community.


In your community, support your local Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement agencies as they work tirelessly to provide safety for all communities big and small.

“Don’t wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”


Sharing your #Family #Emergency #Communications #Plan with First Responders #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Happy National Preparedness month! The focus during this second week is on preparing friends and family for different emergencies.


Showcasing the skills of local first responders are incredibly important to adults AND kids. And sharing important information (like a Family Emergency Communications Plan) with first responders is critical.

National Preparedness Month that promotes creating family emergency communications plans.

National Preparedness Month that promotes creating family emergency communications plans.

Often times, we overlook explaining what actually happens during an emergency.


So take the time to explain to your kids that during an emergency, ALL first responders are there to help. And of course, don’t forget to teach your children to dial 9-1-1.


Reminder: When teaching children to call 9-1-1, do not verbally say “Nine-Eleven” as there is not an eleven button on the phone.

Do it today!


“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”


Local Fire Department does EMS too! #EMSWeek2016 #EMSStrong

Happy EMS week peeps.

In many parts of the country, local Fire Departments also run all the EMS calls too.


Whether Emergency First Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), or Paramedic – they are ALL a part of the safety in our jurisdictions

Thank your local Emergency Medical Services Professionals for a job well done!


What is EMS Week?

Since President Gerald Ford first recognized EMS Week in 1973, communities, hospitals, healthcare organizations, survivors and EMS agencies spend a week every year in May recognizing the lifesaving work of EMS professionals. AROUND THE COUNTRY, EMS Week is celebrated with a variety of events.

2016 EMS Week: Sunday May 15 through Saturday May 21


What is EMS Strong?

The EMS Strong campaign seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS Strong brings together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide.


Apparently, my first tweet…was not that exciting. #LoveTwitter

Apparently, my first tweet…was not that exciting.

I guess that’s OK, because I was not out galavanting (or goofing off) on a Tuesday night at 11:28 PM.

Either way, Happy 10 years Twitter!

Looking forward to many more tweets!



How good is your selfie game?

How good is your selfie game?


@rusnviek at the White House #SURINDC

Me? My selfie game is on fleek.

Look closely. Yep-that’s a selfie of a selfie. Boom.

Your welcome Pascal.

Additionally, Live with Kelly and Michael deemed this the “Summer Selfie” season complete with random Jersey bikini girls dancing. Yikes.


But yes Pascal is right, safety first! Reference this foreign selfie-safety info page.

Safety tip: Practice safe selfies. #SafetySur