Monday = Debris Management!

Starting out this week talking about Debris Management and the importance of Public Works and Logistics!

Yeah, doesn’t seem like a fun topic right? But if you look at the real deal, this is how Emergency Managers earn their keep. Cause it’s not in the response phase.

Emergency Managers work the magic in the recovery phase.

Collaboration in class means that we hash out a few issues prior to the actual disaster.

Working closely with all factions in government will ensure a smooth response from everyone involved.

The faster you get your community back on track, the better your community will be. Building resilient communities is critical!

You should address 10 major factors as part of your debris plan.

Is this difficult? Most definitely. Here’s a picture from the USVI in 2017.

Here’s a picture from the USVI in November 2018.

Can you think of any planning challenges? Any logistical issues? Any major environmental issues?

If you said a million yeseseses to the above three questions, you need to address your debris management plan with your Emergency Management official.

Special mahalos to my Co-instructor Ben.

Sharing a few stories about counter intelligence, we realize it’s a really small world.

@rusnviek

Social media class for State of Delaware and various other partners in public safety

Great start to our morning social media class in Dover, Delaware!

State of Delaware Mark Rieley Training Manager welcomes our social media class

With participants from 4 different states, a very special thanks to Clayton Fire Station-45 for hosting.

Clayton Fire

Great engagement as we talk about how fast information spreads esp with the newest platforms. What we thought of as “traditional” social media platforms – are really fast becoming outdated or even being identified as “legacy” platforms. That sounds terrible.

Hilariously, the big-3 will likely not be around in about 3 years…so it’ll be interesting to see what emerges to the top of the social media pile.

Andrew discussed info on blogs and how they are used to get information out there.

And of course we had to talk about current events including the most recent eclipse, TSwizzle’s new album release, and photobombing.

Photo cred: @tkn92008

Great time and fun participants – looking forward to more engagement from my new friends on the east coast!

Now use your social media powers for good!

@rusnivek

 

 

Social media and a solar eclipse with my new peeps at Prince George County

Outstanding day yesterday with my Prince George County Emergency Operations Center!

Great new facility to teach and learn. We kicked off our morning with telling our class that they could tweet, FB post, Gram, etc….all DURING class time. And within a few seconds, this happened.

Photo Credit: K-ray-a

It’s always a fun time when you are in class w/ me.

We also had a few celebrity PIOs in the audience like the famous Prince George County Fire PIO Mark Brady. #famous

@rusnivek and @PGFDPIO

As you know, he also teaches at EMI in the Advanced PIO Course.

Since everyone was hyped up for the solar eclipse, we built a break around the maximum viewing time…and yes, we all wore NASA approved safety glasses to view.

Photo Credit: Doug Walton

I might have been too excited and tried to teach with them on. Unless you are looking at the sun, you can’t see anything. NASA approved indeed!

Great class and outstanding new partnerships from everyone who attended our social media class. Mahalos to everyone!

Photo Credit: Prince George County (MD)

Now go forth and use your social media powers for good!

@rusnivek

 

 

Last day of #preparedness talks in Georgia in Glynn County

Another great day in Georgia talking about preparedness to various pros.

Special thanks to Glynn County (GA) EMA Director Jay Wiggins for hosting the class…

…and special thanks to Laura Ginn who coordinated efforts on behalf of everyone in City, County, and State of Georgia.

Glad to see so many participants here to learn but more importantly, share information and challenges and success stories they found within their community. Espically when it comes to senior care and supportive care – these issues need to be talked about openly and various members of family and staff need to be aware of challenges they may face when disaster strikes.

Aside from www.ready.gov program – there are a ton of other agencies to follow to ascertain great and trusted information.

Remember, a short time ago, this entire area was hit by Hurricane Matthew with MANDATORY evacuations.

Building these kinds of relationships before a disaster can only strengthen our efforts in response and recovery.

Plus, it’s super awesome to hang with like-minded individuals who are so dedicated to preparedness.

Be safe peeps!

@rusnivek

 

Brand new Social Media Engagement Strategies course debut at SAC EOC #NDPTC

Solid start to the week being able to deliver the brand new FEMA NDPTC Social Media Engagement Strategies course.


Numerous pros from across the state of California attending today.

Special thanks to the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services in hosting this fun class in their Emergency Operations Center.

Super special shoutout goes to MayJo!


Talked specifically about addressing audiences and their appropriate platforms. Mediums like static posts are great however we need to explore outside of your comfort zone and try new avenues to communicate. FacebookLive, Periscope, InstagramLive, YouTubeLive, etc…..these new emerging live broadcast tools can allow agencies to be creative in their broadcast of messages.


Solid afternoon facilitation on the formulation of a strategic communications specifically focusing in on social media and audience engagement.


And of course the standard shout out to our friend Cheryl.


Overall, the intent of this class is really to be a catalyst to start a meaningful conversation about engaging your constituents on various social media platforms.


Obviously, you would be taking FEMA NDPTC PER-344 Social Media Tools & Techniques first – which gives you a heavy dose of the currrent tools/platforms that are out there as well as a bunch of tactics and techniques that you could use in your EOC or JIC.


Both courses provide a different take on social media actions esp during disasters / crisis.


Keep on learning peeps. Much more to digest and figure out.


We all must do better to support our local communities, county coordinators, and state officials to work and communicate together before, during, and after the disaster.


We the people right? #Merica

@rusnivek

Advanced Social Media classes in Idaho on PI day (3.14)! #NDPTC 

Starting off this morning teaching my most favorite advanced class…


Social Media Tools & Techniques!


Lots of things to share and showcase in the Public Information Officer (PIO) and ESF-15: External Affairs realm.


Social Media tools including several Augmented Reality apps that use pre-existing hardware that could be useful for any operational and tactical operations. 


Additionally many Emergency Operations Center across the country could use these technologies to augment their response and increase their situational awareness / common operating picture (SA/COP).

Great to work with so many pros who are willing to contribute to the All-hazards response.


We ran through a few crisis communications exercises activities utilizing the new social media tools we showcased.


Great conversation with participants from across Idaho and Washington. 


Glad to see creative minds formulating emergency communications plans for the preparedness and response phase..


Special thanks to Ada County Emergency Management and EM Director Joe for their hospitality. 


Special thanks to @AdaCountyEM Social Media Coordinator Myla for help in the EOC too. #Spectacles 


Many mahalos to all my new peeps from across Idaho and FEMA Region 10.

Now use your new social media powers for good!

@rusnivek

Marching right in…is March!

Marching right in…is March!

In the first full week, as 1Q starts to close out, I will be finishing up my yearly requirements including compliance and yearly required classes/re-certifications from the agencies I represent.

Second week, I’ll head to Boise to teach some advanced social media courses. Keep your eyes peeled for me in Idaho!

Third week, I’m headed down to Anniston for some FEMA Mission Ready Training with my favorite HQ peeps. Now you know, I wanted to attend the 2017 NEMA Mid-Year Planning Conference, but I just can’t swing it this year.

Then the fourth week, is packed with teaching some new peeps from Woodlawn, everyone’s favorite, ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System (ICS).

fema_regional_map

Is it spring yet?

@rusnivek