HNY – holey moley it’s January 2020!

Happy new year all!

How in the heck is it already January 2020?!?!? Lordy!

First full week, we roll out the second week of the FEMA Basic Academy. Additionally, we pop a special ICS-300 for FEMA at FEMA Region 5. Double booking is fun right?

Second week we are projecting our 2020/2021 plans and logistically trying to figure out how to pop our core classes for 2021.

Third week another PIO class in Lake County Ohio! #ESF15

Fourth week was planned for the IMT PIO TtT however, since I was the only Type–1 participant that qualified for the course, EMI decided to cancel the class. #booooooooo. Oh well, hope to catch the next one.

After a disappointing 2019, hoping to push a bit harder on 2020.

At this time, 2020 looks like a busy year. Hope to see you on the road.

@rusnivek

Severe cold weather is here with wind chills at…

Holey moley it’s frickin freezing Mr. Bigglesworth!

Am I the only one out here? Hello? Hello? Anyone? Anyone?

Well, I dressed appropriately. If you were wondering, my OOTD was this.

Yaaaaaaaaaaasssssssss!!!! PPE! PPE! PPE!

So how cold is it?

Yikes. Is that right? 🥶

The wind chill is -50ish, however some of my electronic devices aren’t working quite right.

What does it feel like?

Reporting live from the planet Hoth

Welcome to January 2019!

Holey moley-welcome to 2019!!!!

First week we gotta hit the internal staff with an EOC training exercise and of course finalizing plans for 2Q 2019.

Second week we hone our training plan with Illinois EMA, then swing by and talk comms stuff with the Red Cross Chicago Office. Also popping an easy ICS-400 course on Wednesday and Thursday.

Third week we got a double double special with two packed ICS-300 courses at the home office and tertiary care hospital. Then on Friday, we nail down the FEMA G0289: PIO Awareness course.

Fourth week I’ll be running a PIO workshop and PIO Tabletop. But also dying to hear the internal training update on our mass fatality workshop on Wednesday.

Fifth week, I’ll be popping the FEMA Region-5 COOP class at the office. COOP it baby!

Yar, its going to be busy January.

@rusnivek

Fresh start to a new year – hello January 2018!

December is always busy but let’s start the new year right – hello to January 2018!

In the first week, it’s paperwork and TPS reports to the max. As usual, we have yearly update classes that needs to be completed and mandatory inservice training. Fun stuff. 🤢 

Second week, I’ll be headed to FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute! I better pick out my favorite ties. Hope to see many of you on campus.

Hold on to your hats because in the third week, I’ll be teaching the exciting ICS-400: Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff – complex incidents. I know you want in.

And the fourth week, I head far west to present Irma/Maria lessons learned with leaders in the disaster recovery industry and Emergency Management community (including Tim Manning) in a Response/Recovery conference.


Busy busy 2018….so let’s get it on!

@rusnivek

15 years ago, things were a bit different

15 years ago. Things were a bit different.

626MB on the go w/ Joe Mag

626MB departing with Lead Pilot Joe Mag

Hey Kelly, did you know, I’m still being called “Kaito”?

Kelly and Kaito

Kelly and Kaito

While some of our uniforms or missions or jobs have changed, we will never forget.

Glad to have you around Joe P.

Miss you Bill and Kel.

@rusnivek

Hello to January 2017!

December was relatively busy but say hello to January 2017!

In the first week, its paperwork mania! As usual, we have yearly update classes that needs to be completed and mandatory inservice training.

Second week, I’ll be headed to the State of New Mexico’s Department of Heath to teach Social media. For my friends in Region-6, I also need to figure out if I’m a green or red. Hmmm.

Third week, I’ll be presenting at the huge PIO Conference in Franklin County (Columbus), Ohio. Working the PIO magic with Jennifer Ciaccia and Erica Creech. It’s a huge conference with tons of participants. Do you want to attend? Just email Xenia (xeniapalus@franklincountyohio.gov ) for more deets.

Fourth week, I head back to St. Clair County Michigan to teach social media. If you remember, these are my peeps who participated in the big Cause IV experiment with the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Canada’s Public Safety on a cross-border full scale exercise in 2016. Excited to see my peeps again!

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2017 is here. Bring it!

@rusnivek