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

 

 

 

Hiya NASA! #OurJourney

Thanks to NASA and the Houston Space Center on the quick tour today.

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Houston, Texas

Shuttle stuff is cool!

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Not quite the “all glass cockpit” that we are used to seeing in 2016.

Also thanks to all the media that was there today and will be there tomorrow covering the grand opening of the new Independence Plaza.

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Nurturing science and technology will help explore new frontiers. #NASA #Independence #ourjourney

It really is the perfect backdrop for everyone.

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Great examples of how science and technology will help explore new frontiers.

Also, so glad to see Challenger crew is still honored in many parts of the campus, staff, and on the tours. On behalf of everyone from Hawaii, this means so much to all of us.

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The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

NASA has some neat stuff.

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What the deuce?

An actual DoD red phone – I’m nerding out! “Flush the bombers, get the subs in launch mode. We are at DEFCON 1.”

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Truly honored.

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“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – JFK September 12, 1962

Thank you NASA!

@rusnivek