Demobilized. Now back assigned. Deployed for response #Irma

HQ, I copy the demob orders from Texas and Puerto Rico.

I also copy the new deployment orders for Florida.


Less than 24-hours.

@rusnivek

Changing my Saturday plans in 3…2..1…

Welp, Saturday plans will have to look slightly different now.


Better mount up as I *think this is for Texas.


Well, I don’t *think I’m going to need my tie, but definitely my best pair of boots.

Incident Management: External Affairs Media Relations Spc…aka PIO!

Along with #Harvey – I spy with my right eye, #Hurricane #Irma

@rusnivek

Great reports coming in from #Texas re: #Hurricane #Harvey #Rescue #Mission

Tons of great reports coming in from Texas for the Hurricane Harvey Rescue Mission.

Source: Noell Arthure Bolleurs

 

So proud of the partnerships we have with so many local, state, Federal, and DoD rescue agencies across this great nation.

@rusnivek

 

FEMA Support for Hurricane Harvey response including key safety messages

Key Safety Messages:

  • Continue to listen to local officials.
  • Only call 911 if you have an immediate need for medical attention or evacuation assistance.
    • If you can’t get through to 911 on first try, keep calling.
    • Another option is to place a call to one of five numbers for the Houston Command Center of the United States Coast Guard. The numbers are:
      • 281-464-4851
      • 281-464-4852
      • 281-464-4853
      • 281-464-4854
      • 282-464-4855
  • Don’t drive on flooded roadways. Remember – turn around, don’t drown.
  • If you are in a high rise building and need to shelter in place, go to the first or second floor hallways or interior rooms. You want to stay on floors above floodwater or storm surge, but do not go to the highest floors due to wind impacts.
  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the center of a small interior room (closet, interior hallway) on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

 

@rusnivek

 

#Hurricane #Harvey #Barricades? Turn Around Don’t Drown #FEMA #TADD #TXWx

As ongoing operations continue for survivors of Hurricane Harvey – key messages need to be repeated as Hurricane impact turns into catastrophic inland flooding.

Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

I encourage all Public Information Officers / Public Affairs Officers (PIOs/PAOs) to continue to share/amplify FEMA messaging like this to all their audiences.

#TurnAroundDontDrown

@rusnivek

 

 

Graphic: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. This graphic is part of the Flood Safety collection.

 

 

Public Works (ESF-3) part of the response phase #Hurricane #Harvey #Port #Arkansas #Texas #Disaster

I talk about it all the time in class – Emergency Support Function-3 (ESF-3) is an important part of our RESPONSE effort in a disaster.

Why do I talk about this all the time?¬†Public works isn’t considered the traditional Fire or EMS or Law Enforcement….but when faced with this….

Photo credit: Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arkansas, TX – 08-26-17

Public Works’ efforts with so many various resources allow all public safety to get to affected areas.

Photo credit: Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arkansas, TX – 08-26-17

Often times, people believe public works is only for recovery and clean up. That is not true. As you can see, we clearly need them during the response phase – just to get to affected areas.

Photo credit: Gabe Hernandez (@callergabe) from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arkansas, TX – 08-26-17

Get to know your public works professionals now. They are an invaluable resource for the response phase.

@rusnivek

 

Busy morning at FEMA HQ in Washington DC

Busy morning yesterday and today. Lots of preparation going on for Hurricane Harvey.


So many hard-working Emergency Management pros from FEMA are working the magic to support those in the path of Hurricane Harvey with coordination of resources for deployment.


Reporting from FEMA HQ…

@rusnivek