Already December 2018? Are you serious?!?!?

How in the world is it December already!

First week will be several NIMS/ICS courses for our County ESF-3 partners, few other Emergency Management courses for IL Region-9, and a Emergency Management/Health Department functional exercise w/ our CERT Teams for medication POD distribution.

Second week our office is hosting another FEMA G0289: PIO Awareness course and then a fun PIO Workshop at ABC7-Chicago on Friday.

Third week will be the FEMA G0290/G0291: Basic PIO Course and JIC/JIS course. Without a doubt a full class w/ wait list. Glad to finally nail this one for all of our partners in public safety, Cheers for Murray and Corey for championing this for everyone too.

Fourth week appears to be Christmas so likely yearly closeouts and wrap ups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeowza. Honestly, I can’t believe 2019 is right around the corner.

@rusnivek

February 2018 is a 4 and 5 and 3 kinda month

Seems like January went on forever…but February is finally here!

In the first week, it’s all about preparedness in a few classes on Hazardous Weather in Region 4…which is timely as we all have been having challenges with weather this year. Hope to get a chance to meet up with the state director too.

Second week, I’ll be hitting the HSEEP hard as I pop another Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program class for Emergency Management. I am also hoping to attend my 2018 refresher weather class on Weather Spotter on Thursday too. Region-5 baby!

Third week in Region-3 cause I’ll be back at EMI for the Advanced PIO Class and the Master PIO Program. Will I be seeing you in my class?!?

And the fourth week, I head back to Summit County, Ohio to teach the Basic PIO course. That’s right – in a matter of three short weeks, I will have the Basic and Advanced and Master PIO Courses. Also looking forward to our quarterly training with news media at WOIO Channel 19/43 CBS affiliate. DM me for more deets.

Keep em safe peeps!

@rusnivek

Humans all communicate differently…and speak lego

As human beings, we all communicate differently.

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No seriously, we do. However, if we can find a common language, we can better fulfill our SMART objective, implement our strategies, and of course utilize the right tactics.

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Common language? Yes, we use legos to demonstrate this process.

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Just one of the fun training tabletop exercises we run through during the Command and General Staff Training.

Additionally, I got to talk about preparedness efforts too.

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Fun stuff…doh!

@rusnivek

 

Providing oversight on today’s US DHS and PS Canada International Exercise #Cause4 #CauseIV

I was requested to support the Department of Homeland Security’s 2016 Science and Technology Cause-4 International Exercise between the United States and Canada today.

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United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Public Safety Canada. Yep-international baby!!!!!

But crossing borders is more difficult than you think – esp when dealing with patient privacy, tactical operations, and coordinating efforts amongst ultra type-A personalities.

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This is why training and exercising is so crucial to agencies who want to make a different in their communities they serve. This is also why Emergency Management is ideally a solid coordinating entity for this type of response.

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In this particular international exercise, emergency response agencies are testing EMS response, transport information, sharing actionable data, social media, and a whole lots others stuff.

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I’m just glad to be a small part of the work by so many people and agencies.

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I am convinced that through joint exercises, we can build stronger core agencies and be better responsive to emerging threats and hazards.

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“It is imperative that we enhance our all-hazards public safety partnerships.” – Kevin Sur.

@rusnivek

 

Only three in April right?

April has arrived like a wrecking ball, so sorry about the 7-day delay in posting my April schedule.

First week, I’ll be getting back from instructing in Colorado (Region-8). Also, I’m launching my own clothing line. Heh.

Second week, I’ll be teaching social media in Cincinnati at the Regional Operations Center aka TheROC (Region-5).

Third week, I’ll be in Nebraska presenting on social media and crisis communications (Region-7).

Fourth week, I’ll be in Michigan supporting the US Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada with a bunch of seminars, a few EOC workshops, and then culminating with a TableTop Exercise (TTE). Bring your best ICS forms because we are repping the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) action in the hizzouse! (Region-5).

Fifth week is still not exactly defined. Likely, I will be in a “ready status” #mylife amiright?

Also, I am hoping that April gets warmer too.

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@rusnivek