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).

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Is it spring yet?

@rusnivek

 

#CyberSecurity Conference in Lincoln for #NatlPrep #BadDayBag

Got invited to speak in Lincoln at the 2016 State of Nebraska Annual Cyber Security Conference. Great to have so many sponsors promoting CyberSecurity

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Incidentally, next month, October is National Cybersecurity Month.

Following the FBI is always a hard act to follow. Additionally, I was the after lunch speaker. Gish.

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Don’t worry, I’ll try to be serious. And yes, I’m wearing a tie.

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I’ll even play a few fun videos too.

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And they said try not to stand on any tables and chairs during class. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED~!

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Super fun time presenting to some new peeps including those who laughed at my new cat jokes. Special thanks to NIPC’s Leslie…

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…and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s Assistant Director Bryan and all the staff for the invite.

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Since it’s still September and still National Preparedness Month, don’t forget to have your #BadDayBag ready to go too.

BTW-people often ask what I do when I get stuck at an airport for 5+ hours.

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Hope this helps answer any questions.

@rusnivek

 

 

Early morning meeting with the Director of National Integration #WHSMEM #SURINDC

Early start today meeting with Doc Lumpkins who is the Director of National Integration Center for DHS/FEMA.

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Numerous points discussed w/ the group:

  • Large discussion based on NIMS typing of IT teams
  • Increasing trust with public and private partnerships
  • Clear NIMS/ICS standards for use in the EOC standardization (like ICS vs hybrid vs non-compliant)
  • Real social media use for PIOs in the JIC/JIS for actionable information
  • The broad impact of net neutrality
  • VOST as a deployable asset
  • Delivery of classes for RCPT and functional needs population
  • States who have ESFs which do not match up with standards established by DHS/FEMA (aka rogue ESFs)
  • Advanced resource typing
  • CPG and committees to help guide CPG review
  • Whole communities approach through framework
  • Private sector approach/interactions and their use of NIMS
  • Integration of planning across various levels and agencies

Doc’s team engaged our questions and honestly answered several burning issues. As the week continues, Doc informed us that more materials were going to be released from the National Integration Center and National Protection Framework shortly for review. EXCELLENT!!!

Just like at the NEMA conferences, UASI conferences, etc…I really enjoy meeting with Doc Lumpkins. He provides great insight and he is HILARIOUS!

Overall, by engaging with the core prominent Social Media in Emergency Management peeps, Doc Lumpkins and the rest of the National Integration team can continue to incorporate real and pressing issues into the new doctrine.

Thanks again for the meeting Doc!

Now my ride just arrived, a black suburban, headed for the White House!

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@rusnivek

My day at FEMA HQ #Prepared2014

Had a chance to stop by FEMA HQ.

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Also FEMA’s new MCOVs were on display right next to Quizno’s. Neeto stuff.

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One of the highlights was a chance to sit and hang in the NRCC for a bit…just to see where the magic happens. Sa-weet.

Then on to the serious stuff. Lots of discussion with FEMA’s External Affairs folks pertaining to preparedness and readiness. #Prepared2014 – great stuff planned as we move into mid 2014. Truth be told, I’m just glad to be a part of the action.

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I also enjoy meeting with people who are passionate about their jobs and really believe in their careers. It’s not often you get to see that kind of true dedication.

Running to make my afternoon meetings, I got a chance to hang with several Emergency Managers from around the country who were in town attending the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Mid Year Planning Conference in VA.

Not only are they true fellow emergency managers, more importantly, they are friends. Trouble was to be had since we tried to emulate Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar night #Selfie for the other #SMEM folks. BTW-if you don’t know these peeps in this picture, trust me, you should. No seriously, trust me, you should.

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Mahalos to Meischa Jackson for the assist.

I also got to sit down and talk again to Doc Lumpkins who is the Director of National Integration Center at FEMA HQ.

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Haven’t seen him since the 2011 UASI Conference in San Francisco. I can’t begin to tell you how funny he is. I got nothing but mad respect for this guy!

In review, I should really make more trips to DC to meet with my peeps.

*sigh*

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Now off to South Carolina!

@rusnivek