FL National Guard supporting recovery mission in Florida Keys #TAG

Got a chance to work with the Florida National Guard today. Their tasks set by Florida Governor Scott was clear to support Floridians in disaster recovery. FEMA’s role has always been to support and coordinate actions of resources in disaster response and recovery.

Here’s FEMA LNO John Allen greeted Brig General Canzoneri at the Key West International Airport.


Military partnerships are critical in a successful mission…esp this one. Hurricane Irma was devastating for almost all commmunities in the Florida Keys. Glad to provide Federal support to this team.

We were able to see the Florida National Guard working hard to cleanup one of the residential houses from a disaster survivor. We witnessed first hand those dedicated soldiers were giving to so many communities throughout the Florida Keys.


Hole in the roof? Roof ops? No problem. The National Guard has you covered.


A quick talk from the TAG to the troops and thanking them for their efforts…


…as well as a few words of wisdom from other leadership attending today’s events.


…but the work continued on for the entire team.

A handshake from leadership goes a long way.

Proud of their efforts in so many communities in Florida. Each one of them giving their time away from home, away from family…just so they can help rebuild another family.


This is what any American would do when someone needs help.

Believe me when I say, I am so glad to be a small part of this team and to tell this story. Great people helping out great people. Straight up, this is America.

This is what we train for. This is why we prepare. This is what we do

@rusnivek

Day-1 Ohio EMA Emergency Planning

Welcome to another solid start of Ohio EMA’s G-235: Emergency Planning course!

Thank you to Ashtabula County EMA for hosting this class for participants from three different FEMA regions. Here’s Ashtabula County EMA Deputy Director Tim Settles welcoming message to all our participants.

I immediately started involving them on identifying solid planning system characteristics.

Great discussion among Fire representatives, Emergency Management, and Red Cross professionals.

Additionally, CERT and HAM radio operators’ involvement was critical in plan writing as they will be testing/using those annexes.

Team leads from the Ohio National Guard / 52nd Civil Support Unit attended and worked closely with leadership from local/county EMAs.

Outstanding first day of class!

@rusnivek

Thank you #VeteransDay

To all of those who have served and who are still serving, thank you for your sacrifices and dedication to this great country.

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@rusnivek

Veteran’s Day: Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Retrofitted military aircraft to support wildfire operations

One of my friends in California just emailed me this picture.

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National Guard members have retrofitted various aircraft including this C-130 with alternate equipment for wildfire operations.

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I am really impressed with how local, state, Federal, and military assets are working together to control the wildfires. All-Hazards indeed!

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Nice work everyone!

@rusnivek

Punctuation matters…just ask @AP #SMEM #PIO

If you ever thought punctuation doesn’t matter…just ask the Associated Press right now.

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In 9 minutes, the Twitterverse went bonkers. AP was forced to respond.

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Punctuation matters peeps.

@rusnivek

Possible deployment – update: 11-13-13 at 1930 #Haiyan #Yolanda #Typhoon #Hurricane

Possible deployment: Philippines

City: Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Flight Plan: CLE – JFK – Manila – Guiuan (Manila to Guiuan via C-130)

Duration: 10-days

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At this time, I have declined the deployment with the Incident Response Team citing safety concerns with the various Landing Zones (LZ), Logistics escorts, coordination with the Philippine Military, and security of the Base of Operations (BoO).

Gunzo

Sigh.

As the situation continues to evolve, there may be other deployments to bring in resources to stabilize this region which has been badly damaged by the Typhoon/Hurricane.

However, I still encourage all of you to consider giving monetary donations to international agencies to support the relief efforts.

@rusnivek