The new 2019 ICS-400 this week!

Good morning peeps – welcome to the new 2019 ICS-400: Advanced ICS!

Proud to be one of the first instructors to roll this course out to our public safety partners that popped in late July. This week’s class? We have a bunch of pros from all backgrounds including Fire, EMS, Police, Healthcare, Public Works, Communications, Health Department, National Guard, Civil Support Teams, State, VA, Intelligence, and Tribal nations. I’m proud to serve all these pros.

Lots of discussion on preparedness efforts esp with some of the projected large disasters from across the country. In fact, discussion on preparedness for Cascadia Rising, New Madrid Fault, and national infrastructure failures were consistently discussed through the day. Related note: Proud to hear of sooo many prepared pros in class this week.

Classically, lots to share as Emergency Management pros continues to coordinate response through training and exercises. Train like you fight right?

Aside from powerpoints, the new ICS-400 has a bunch of in class activities that talk about complex incidents, Unified Command, and area command. Productively discussing issues in class BEFORE a disaster can only help to understand challenges that many agencies face…which could be exacerbated during crisis/emergency.

Glad to have engaged professionals in class this week.

Get your ICS on!

@rusnivek

Monday fun as I sit through the Illinois ICS Instructor rollout

All the fun one could want in an ICS Instructor update.

Good Monday Morning all!

Good to see Doug and Matt again. Let’s talk ICS!

Aside from a few major Illinois variances from national practice, not many changes in course content from national ICS Instructor update from FEMA EMI.

Though, TBH, I had to eat my words from May 2019 to my Region 5 peers as I didn’t think I was required to take a statewide. 3 hour drive, 8 hour class, and 3 hour return drive was more than enough time to eat humble pie.

Lots to do as we continue to enhance the skills of our public safety partners.

First rollout of the new 2019 ICS class is this Thursday!

@rusnivek

This is what we train for

FEMA Administrator Brock Long made a poignant statement about his employees today in the NY Times:

“…this is what we train for” – FEMA Administrator Brock Long

Brock Long, center, at a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with President Trump and local organizations in Corpus Christi, Tex., last week. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Brock Long, center, at a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with President Trump and local organizations in Corpus Christi, Tex., last week. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Yes sir, we train all the time.

Many instructors across this nation can attest the long hours we spend providing training for hundreds of thousands of our all-hazards public safety professionals from all walks of life.

This is truly what we train for.

@rusnivek

 

Usually the last one to leave…

So being an instructor is more than just talking, blabbing, and telling war stories.

There is a ton of preparation that is done even before the class starts. At the site hours before the start of class – just to make sure everything is working, all teaching materials are out and ready for all participants as they stroll into class exactly at the start.

And in the end? You are undoubtably the last one to leave.


Long LONG days and lots of added value aka sharing extra stuff for all participants is what separates average teachers from passionate instructors about their subject matter.

I love it because I believe I am making a difference in all aspects of disasters and emergencies.

@rusnivek

Trust me, I read through ALL my evaluations

Monday morning..in the office.

As an Emergency Management Instructor, I read through all my evaluations. Like ALL evaluations.

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It helps better my instructional delivery as a professional as well gain valuable insight to how participants perceive our enabling learning objectives and key points.

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The comments below are from a course I taught last week.

“I have taken a couple dozen or so FEMA classes and these two are the best pair of instructors I have had!”

And of course commentary like this makes me smile.

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“More Kevin”

Glad to know the things that we do make a difference.

@rusnivek.

SURprise visit to my favorite Social Media class #NDPTC

Who just shows up at a brand new social media class?!?

 

Glad to see the newly FEMA certified, NDPTC Social Media Tools and Techniques Course (PER-344) to Cuyahoga County, Ohio.


Also glad to see so many fellow peeps as well as public safety professionals who are willing to utilize technology to better their agencies.

Great engagement especially during classroom activities by instructors too.

Seriously, I’m proud to see that this class can help shape the way government and public safety agencies use social media in planned events as well as before, during, and after a disaster.

Super proud.

@rusnivek