To my fellow Americans….Happy 4th of July! #2018

To my fellow Americans….Happy 4th of July!!!

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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

 

The FEMA #PIO on #PirateRadio! Is that real? #FBF

I was asked if Pirate Radio was real….yeppers!


Pirate Radio based in the Florida Keys-Key West has a strong voice that not only hits audiences throughout the keys, but also into southern Florida too. They stream their shows so that any Pirate can listen in…even when yer a landlubber!


I was a regularly contributor to their morning shows with daily Hurricane Irma disaster updates. We also brought other public safety agencies in with us to showcase the unified efforts of countless government agencies involved and how we are all working together in the response/recovery effort.


Additionally, I was invited to be a regular guest on their Friday morning show to talk about the DHS/FEMA response and recovery efforts for the Florida Keys. Not only talking about the Florida Keys, but also the millions of $$ in financial support approved for the State of Florida.


Remember, AM/FM radio stations are a critical source of information in a disaster. After a disaster, cell service might be down, sat tv might be out, and it is highly likely that your neighborhood may not have power. Post-disaster, plan on AM/FM radio being a solid source of information.

Many mahalos to both gracious Pirate Radio hosts – Jack and Kim!

@rusnivek

Don’t keep your family in the dark about your plans! #NatlPrep 

Help your family prepare well before an emergency like simple tools like flashlights.

Don’t leave your family in the dark! #PlanAhead by purchasing flashlights early. Last minute run to the store will yield nothing. #NatlPrep

Make sure your family has all the tools they need to weather the storm or emergency (<–see what I did there?)

Be the beacon of light in your family on preparedness.

@rusnivek

Cans with pop tops? Nah, You’ll definitely need to plan for this #NatlPrep

When planning for tools in your kits for your family and friends, canned goods are great, but don’t forget about the….

PlanAhead to include a can opener in your emergency preparedness kits. Bec you never know when it might come in handy. #NatlPrep

Make sure you are prepared for anything including your own foods.

And for good measure, get some SPAM!

For more free planning and preparedness tips, check out www.ready.gov

@rusnivek

Facebook +Shaka + rusnivek + VR = ?

Sometimes I get to do some cool things.


My friends at Facebook wanted to showcase their virtual reality (VR) stuff with me.

Shaka + LIKE + @rusnivek

Virtual reality goggles? Yep. The possibilities on Facebook Messenger/chat/meetings are endless.

Software has some inherent challenges esp with the shortfall of hardware proliferation and consistency. Bandwidth issues and requirements are tough enough to manage for reasonable VR interaction and usage.

But overall, some neeto VR stuff.

See, I told you VR is closer than you think.

@rusnivek

2016 National Preparedness Month at HQ in Washington DC

Can’t imagine a better place to be for 2016 National Preparedness Month…than in Washington DC!!!!!

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Yep, spending time at HQ shoring a few things up with External Affairs.

Don’t worry, I wore a suit.

My afternoon was spent at the Pentagon.

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Great to see old friends there.

Also proud to see Ready.Gov and FEMA External Affairs touting preparedness to peeps who work IN the Pentagon too.

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I am fortunate to spend time here with people who are passionate about preparedness.

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@rusnivek

 

#Snax will help better prepare your friends and family #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Preparing for emergencies isn’t exactly a fun thing to do….but snacks will make it easier!!!

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Include your family and friends in your preparedness plans help calm their fears.

Many people will not digest information correctly and/or not take things seriously.

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But if you talk to them and help them assemble their preparedness kits WITH SNAX, you will have helped increase their readiness for any disaster/emergency.

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That’s cool. So don’t wait…

Now is the right time to discuss what to do BEFORE an emergency occurs.

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

@rusnivek