The FEMA #PIO on #PirateRadio! Is that real? #FBF

I was asked if Pirate Radio was real….yeppers!


Pirate Radio based in the Florida Keys-Key West has a strong voice that not only hits audiences throughout the keys, but also into southern Florida too. They stream their shows so that any Pirate can listen in…even when yer a landlubber!


I was a regularly contributor to their morning shows with daily Hurricane Irma disaster updates. We also brought other public safety agencies in with us to showcase the unified efforts of countless government agencies involved and how we are all working together in the response/recovery effort.


Additionally, I was invited to be a regular guest on their Friday morning show to talk about the DHS/FEMA response and recovery efforts for the Florida Keys. Not only talking about the Florida Keys, but also the millions of $$ in financial support approved for the State of Florida.


Remember, AM/FM radio stations are a critical source of information in a disaster. After a disaster, cell service might be down, sat tv might be out, and it is highly likely that your neighborhood may not have power. Post-disaster, plan on AM/FM radio being a solid source of information.

Many mahalos to both gracious Pirate Radio hosts – Jack and Kim!

@rusnivek

Live spot with News13 in Cudjoe Key for #Hurricane #Irma Response & Recover #Miami #Tallahassee #Orlando #Tampa

Got a chance to do a live spot with News13 out of Orlando in Cudjoe Key, Florida.

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Inside, it’s a whole different view​.

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As you know, Cat-4 Hurricane Irma made eye wall landfall here with incredible high winds and storm surge leaving heavy devastation throughout this neighborhood.


Lots to see and do esp w/ their field producing and staff onsite. I counted at least 7 cameras for their 6p live shot.

They even had a jib camera.


People will stare including our staff and state director.


Lots of steadycam shots leading into the first interview with former State of Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon.


Next live segment was with our Division Supervisor (DIV/SUP) who happens to be an Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) member.


Solid questions on response efforts and good inquiries for ongoing operations for recovery phase.


Great interactions and questions from the anchors.


Lots to discuss in response as well as recovery.


As you know, the recovery phase is the hardest part of a disaster.


Glad to be partnering with news agencies who get the story right. The Anchors and producer was super nice…so of course I had to take a selfie w/ them. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeze!


Making sure we represent FEMA – particularly Branch V Division Alpha.

Reporting live on News13 from Cudjoe Key, Florida…
@rusnivek

Disaster assistance at a school? Sure thing! 

We were requested to support an event at Ponciana School mainly for all the parents and families in Key West.


So….we are in. FEMA PIO Kevin Sur onscene!

Our hope is that we conduct numerous events in communities to help answer questions about disaster assistance.


We have multilingual people who go out with our teams and help translate Spanish, Creole, Haitian, etc…and we have hardware and locations that meet the needs of the access and functional needs population at all of our Disaster Recovery Centers.


We even have flyers and informational materials in Chinese, French, Vietnamese, etc….

Sometimes, people are confused and are not sure if you should apply. Here’s a tip: Apply.


Our staff is ready to help. No matter what language, apply for disaster assistance. The sooner the better.


“This is what we train for, this is what we do.”

@rusnivek

Contingency plan for Big Pine Key Post office

Found out the US Post office in Big Pine Key was obliterated.  Deemed unfit for operations as the entire structure was condemned.


So the USPS continuity plan? Setup a field post office.


It is critical for disaster survivors to get mail.

Again, helping a community return to normalcy is incredibly important.

@rusnivek

Another presser with FL Gov in Key West #PIO Coordination

Started out the morning with a press conference w/ the Governor of Florida again here in Key West. My view from the podium.

Topic today was the Key West economic push “open for business” – glad to see the partnerships of city, county, state, and Federal partnerships making that happen.


PIO pro tip: You’ll want to position your DIV/SUP (FCO Cadre) in the right place. Glad I did.


Money baby….money!


As usual, Gov Scott did some post presser interviews w/ the USAToday, local stations, Orlando etc….And as I said before, we are fortunate to have great working relationships with so many media outlets from Miami…


….Tallahassee…


…and even public radio showed up too!


It’s quite an amazing process to see everyone working together to recover from a major storm here in Florida.

Reporting live from the podium…

@rusnivek

New base camp – meet my new friend Iggy!

Changing basecamp locations today. Whahooo!!!! Not.

I have received many questions on living conditions so let me share with you the new living quarters. We are now in Big Pine Key at a former road patrol prison.

Need to use the bathroom?


Definitely not a hotel. No real toilets in sight.

Male and female tents separate the people staying here.


Inside our sleeping quarters.


Good thing I stopped by early so I can claim top bunk.

But upon closer inspection, I found that something has already claimed my space.


So I figured it was a good time to take a picture with my new bunk mate.


I shall name him Iggy.

If there isn’t enough housing for disaster survivors, don’t think you are going to have a nice hotel to stay in or to lounge around. Plain and simple – disaster Survivors are the priority.

So to summarize, those that THINK they are going to be pampered with lush amenities, stay in a hotel, and gain points – this ain’t it. Don’t expect anyone to pamper you or get turn down service. And yes, it’s loud at night.

I’d also recommend that if you can’t stand camping, you are not cut out for disaster response.

I would best associate this disaster’s lodging to extreme camping.

@rusnivek

First time working with Univision – interviews in Spanish!

For the first time in my career, I got a chance to work with Univision for a FEMA interview on the disaster recovery process.


Great to have Patty down with our crews at the Big Pine Key Disaster Recovery Center.


Like any good PIO, before the news crews arrived, we briefly went over questions and talked about the important points of disaster response/recovery as well as possible questions that could be brought up.


The Univision crews also interviewed people who were there too.


And since we have several people who speak Spanish, I figured that it would be great to have them get some camera time too.


Well done Carmen!

And of course, since this was the first time I worked with Univision, I had to get a selfie.


Glad to be a small part in helping getting the word out to the Spanish speaking community.

@rusnivek