Kicking off 2018 #Hurricane season this Wednesday with Department of Homeland Security (@DHSgov) Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and Federal Emergency Management Agency (@FEMA) Administrator Brock Long (@FEMA_Brock).
Day-2 of the State of Ohio Basic Public Information Officers’ Course here in Summit County. And yaaassss, #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink!
Started off the morning talking about interview skills and techniques that are readily used by both PIOs and Reporters/Photojournalists.
Reviewed all oncamera interviews from all the participants in our class.
We want to prepare our new PIOs with the best training so they are capable off hitting the ground running representing their agency positively in a crisis or emergency.
Steve brought in the Team from WKYC (NBC affiliate) Akron Office to be our panel discussion.
Lots of great points including what could make or break a PIO – esp for a close tight knit community like Akron and Summit County. Special thanks to Reporter Amani Abraham and Photojournalist Carl Bachtel on their insight to news media.
I was able to get my friend Cleveland Police PIO Sgt Jennifer Ciaccia to give a dual presentation with me on the 2016 Republican National Convention and other Cleveland activities.
As a team, Jen and I are solid, but we recognize that others are needed to establish the efforts of PIOing within their own communities – no matter pre-planned event or emergency.
And yes, we addressed how PIOs need to keep current on social media trends esp on national cool campaigns…like the mannequin challenge.
Again, special thanks to Jen on the support of today’s State of Ohio Basic PIO class.
Afternoon was dedicated to the PIO TTX. We setup two groups with all participants for the in class mock press conference and they did a solid job. Both groups worked together…
…and formulated talking points….
…organized and strategically thought out a press conferences agenda…
And of course controlled the unruly fictitious media reps from OZRadio, WTF, and the YellowBrickRoadNews. FEMA Phil and USFA Tom would be so proud of us MPIOs to see us working the press conference part of the class.
Another great day for PIO training in the State of Ohio!
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.
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.
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.
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
This morning was busy with meetings with. Florida Governor Rick Scott and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.
Branch V Division Alpha!
All part of the hurricane Irma response and recovery specifically address to the Florida Keys.
Lots of partners and Public Safety attending as well as our partners from the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, and so many more.
Glad to see cabinet level support of our disaster here in Branch V!
Numerous follow-up interviews were conducted and for me just seeing officials support our boots on the ground efforts and collaborate with so many other agencies is refreshing.
Here’s a sneak peek of the other side of the room with all the media.
Fun times in such a small room!
More work today as the official FEMA public information officer.
Reporting live from the Florida Keys…
Change of plans this afternoon.
About to start a briefing with National Incident Management Team (IMAT) for response to southern Florida.
And yes, I am at home with T-cards on the wall and all C&GSFs briefing out.
Breaking news: I have been reassigned as the FEMA PIO to cover the Florida Keys.
More details to follow.
Plan for your family and neighbors? Absolutely!
Always check on your neighbors and make sure they are OK. You never know when you are going to have to save a life. #NatlPrep
Proud Father moment…about my own Dad. You see, he saved our neighbor’s life. Like for reals.
A few weeks ago, while my Father and our family’s dog (Buster) were out in the back yard, they noticed our elderly neighbor face-down in the yard. Not knowing the situation, my Father jumped the fence and rendered immediate medical care, called 9-1-1, and helped guide the HFD Engine and C&C Ambulance to the patient.
My Dad being shy, would easily be the first one to shrug it off and downplay his actions. But it’s really small things like this that make a difference in the lives of so many.
It is in my opinion that if my Father did not jump the fence and immediately rendered aid, our neighbor would have surely died. Now, our neighbors have more time to spend with their entire family together. So I cannot stress enough the importance of doing extraordinary stuff for people…like your neighbors.
This whole week, we have focused on doing things for others. On this #AlohaFriday, I’d like you to keep my Father’s actions in mind as you do the same for your neighbors.
I am so proud of my Dad.
Help your family prepare well before an emergency like simple tools like flashlights.
Don’t leave your family in the dark! #PlanAhead by purchasing flashlights early. Last minute run to the store will yield nothing. #NatlPrep
Make sure your family has all the tools they need to weather the storm or emergency (<–see what I did there?)
Be the beacon of light in your family on preparedness.