2019 National Preparedness Symposium Day-2

An incredible Wednesday as we continue our efforts to collaborate here at the 2019 National Preparedness Symposium.

I chatted with Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor on the importance of continuing to build a culture of preparedness and how it is so critical to our audiences.

Super nice guy.

He then popped the morning plenary session to the entire conference and FEMA employees. Huge discussion on our strategic plan and then a few things in his role as a state director he wished he had when he started at FEMA.

Solid insight from the top at FEMA. Nice guy.

Lots of afternoon sessions including one with the National Disaster Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

Great discussion amongst participants including

  1. Policy/procedure on admittance into courses
  2. Frank discussion on prerequisites for admittance into class
  3. Ongoing class challenges including rostering.

After the NDPC panel discussion was over, I quickly moved a few rooms over to check out a worthwhile discussion on the I–35 bridge and failing infrastructure. Also had some discussion about structural assessments.

Glad to be having ongoing discussions to maintain our critical access points in many cities across the US.

Then it was time to present my course: Social Media in Emergency Management. Woohoo!!!!

Glad to be sharing the knowledge with providers from across the country.

Engaged audience including a few questions on engagement as well as OSINT gathering and augmented reality. Great to peek the interest and maybe MAYBE be that catalyst for change with our industry.

Shout out to Bronlea the n00b as this was her first trip to the Center for Domestic Preparedness!

Looking forward to tomorrow’s FIT class with FEMA Director John Allen.

Reporting live with all the HQ peeps hanging in FEMA Region 4…

@rusnivek

Is it fate that you hate to date on this app?

During class, I talk a bunch about different apps and various ways to use them. Some of them are straight forward-use the app as designed. Others I unconventionally use them to support our operations. And in many cases, we can use social driven apps to our advantage. However, this one is a bit different.

Did you know there’s an app that you can input your dislikes or things you despise and the app will match you to a person that has similar dislikes as you?


It’s called Hater.

#OMFG

It is nice that app development has respected the opposite ends of the social dating spectrum. But it would be interesting to poll data from this app to better understand your target demographic. Not only likes/super likes, but also hates. (Swipe down for hates?)

For the record, I have not downloaded this app.

@rusnivek

JICing it out today in class

Solid Thursday talking about Joint Information Centers (JICs) and Joint Information Systems (JISs).

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Additionally, seeing how our Federal partners build into local and state response is key to showcase how everyone works together.

It is imperative that we continue to push the efforts of our all-hazards partners in public safety to ensure our community ability to return to normal after any disaster.

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Later this afternoon, we’ll dive into some social media tech stuff including a bit on intelligence. Hope to share the power of social media with my new peeps.

PC Credit: Nina

PC Credit: Nina

Also, I hope they now use their social media powers for good!

@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

 

Final day of training at DCHSEMA #NatlPrep

Second and last day of our training at DC’s Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency.

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Again, glad to have so many partners in public safety participating esp from the intelligence community.

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Also excited to finally make it to NOAA/NWS Headquarters! Special thanks to my old friend and PIO extraordinaire Cindy.

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Every single Emergency Management class is all about building relationships. No matter NIMS/ICS, EOC, Hazardous Weather, Intelligence, or Social Media – build your network of trusted partners in public safety.

Super glad to see so much participation during September: National Preparedness Month aka my favorite month! #NatlPrep

@rusnivek

Joint SM and Intel SOG reviews for a large upcoming event

Reviewing my SOGs and social media assignments for the all-hazards social media specialists / intel positions in the JIC for an upcoming large scale national event.


An important part of any Joint Information Center (JIC): Now discussing the best non-verbal urgent alert hand signals for all staff deployed to the JIC.


Clearly, Mama PIO wins this round.


PIOs serving our community as well as our nation and of course planning for all kinds of “stuff”.

Great plans with solid PIO peeps makes all the difference.

Trust me on this one.

@rusnivek

Top notch peeps from across the country in Texas

My social media class today…


Definitely one of the most diverse All-Hazard classes I had in a long while. Participants represented Emergency Management, Fusion Center, Public Works, Land & Natural Resources, Fire, Health Department, EMS, Private sector, HAZMAT, Police, Veteran’s Affairs, Intelligence, US Coast Guard PIAT, National Weather Service, CERT, and PIOs / PAOs.

Top notch peeps from across the country this week!


Special thanks to my old friend Houston Office of Emergency Management Melanie Manville for hosting this new #NDPTC class.

Many Mahalos.

@rusnivek