Day-1 of the 2018 FEMA Master #PIO Course

Day-1 of the 2018 FEMA Master PIO (Public Information Officer) Program.


Obv at my favorite location: FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.


Lots of super smart people in class from across the country including South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Maryland, Deleware, Texas, Indiana, Arizona, and Alaska. Whoa Nellie!

Solid discussion on public information, public involvement, strategic thinking, mission/goals, priorities, capabilities, solutions, communities vs tribes, NIMS/ICS, ESF-15, alert notification thresholds, trusted source of verified information, serotonin, public fears in 2017, hope, trust, stability, compassion, and most importantly, PIO networking/sharing of ideas.

Glad I wore a tie.


Apparently they know I tweet so shhhhhh. I have to pay attention.

Reporting live from snowy Emmitsburg….

@rusnivek

Disaster communications – FEMA’s MCOVs and IRVs

When major disasters strike, many local communities lose the ability to communicate.


Whether hardline communications, cellular service, or data – communications is the life blood of any public safety initiative.

So vehicles like FEMA’s MCOVs and IRVs provide a great service re-establishing disaster communications for areas who have nothing.



MCOV: Mobile Communications Office Vehicle

IRV: Incident Response Vehicle

Several vehicles like this are currently deployed out supporting various missions now.

Fun fact, did you know these types of vehicles are

Everything about disaster response isn’t easy. I continue to share that logistics make the world go round.

@rusnivek

If you evacuate – plan to TAKE YOUR #PETS WITH YOU! #Preparedness #NatlPrep

No matter what kind of family pet you have, please make sure when you evacuate that you take your pets with you!

Evacuating? Fur sure take your pets w/ you & bring their pet emergency preparedness kit that has food + water + meds + IDs #NatlPrep

Your plan should identify specific shelters that can shelter your pets. Big or small!

Also, if your pet is soaked because of the rain, that’s not fun. So keep an extra pet rain coat handy too.High viz is extra awesome too.

Need a few more ideas for your pet preparedness kit? My pet preparedness kit includes a 3×5 notecard with

  • her name
  • her basic information (breed, name, phone, medications)
  • owner information (our names, address, phone, emails, twitter handles)
  • her vet name and contact information
  • vaccination records
  • her backup dog tags
  • and a 24-hour emergency vet clinic with emergency surgery capability

More tips can be found online for your pet preparedness plan at www.ready.gov/pets.

KacyTheDog approves your preparedness efforts too!

All PreparednessPups agree – Don’t get licked by poor planning.

#PlanAhead today!

@rusnivek

 

Need a backup EOC? I bet you can identify this one

For my Emergency Management Pros – have you done your continuity planning yet?

What? You don’t have a backup Emergency Operations Center?!?

Let me help you for free: Sports-type restaurants can easily double as an Emergency Operations Center.

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Oh schnikies – he’s right!

Remember on September 11th, FDNY had to move their EOC multiple times because of increased hazards, inaccessibility, and debris?

More planning? Any of the FEMA credentialed Master Continuity Practitioners can help you out…like me.

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Likely this could be a good alternate to any Emergency Operations Center right? Large parking lot, ability to provide food, bathrooms, etc….all the stuff we need.

So yes, if you are short on funding, consider identifying a few neighborhood sports restaurants as backup emergency operations centers in your AOR and mutual aid districts/regions.

@rusnivek