Quarterly PIO training today for NEO Public Information Officers

Looking forward to seeing my fellow PIOs this afternoon for the quarterly NorthEast Ohio Public Information Officer (NEO-PIO) training at WKYC (NBC Affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio).

Glad to be able to put a face to a voice…and to be able to talk under non-stressful times is so nice.

For all PIOs/PAOs – Building relationships and networking are critical components of a successful communicator. Yeppers, networking is soooo….

Indeed it is Gretchen

@rusnivek

 

July 2015 has crazy-town written all over it

June 2015 turned out to be pretty crazy…and July 2015 has crazy-town written all over it.

First week: I’ll be working on a few things for NW Ohio and their recent flooding. Most likely Public Information Officer response stuff. At the end of the week/weekend, I got a special project with Cleveland Police K-9 Teams, SWAT, Bomb Team, Air Unit, and Mounted Units. Finally back in Region-5!

Second week: I’ll be teaching the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Basic Public Information Officer’s Course and Joint Information Center/System in Medina County. Working the PIO magic for the state!

Third week: I’ll be teaching a weekend ICS-300 and a weekend ICS-400 in Ohio. If possible, I might sneak away during the week to Frankfort, Kentucky to pilot a new FEMA PIO Course in Region-4.

Fourth week: I’ll be finishing up the ICS-400 course and then coordinating a site visit and functional exercise for our NE Ohio PIO Task Force (NEO-PIO-TF) to one of the local news stations in the Cleveland area.

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It’s still a bit hectic, but I am hoping to see some peace to my schedules soon.

@rusnivek

Free safety tips for all your Halloween shenanigans …I mean fun #trickortreat

Halloween is here in NE Ohio, and safety is still the most important part of the Halloween operation.

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To aid in your shenanigans I mean Halloween activities, here are some tips for you and your family to use during trick-or-treat fun:

  • Check your local newspaper, municipality’s website, or social media feed to get updates on times for trick-or-treating.
  • Make sure you have several working flashlight and so that everyone traveling in your party can be seen.
  • Only visit houses with porch lights that are turned on.
  • Be vigilant while crossing the street – look both ways before you cross and ALWAYS company children.
  • Stay in groups and keep an eye out for each other while trick-or-treating.
  • Hopefully your costumes are bright and reflective. If not, consider affixing reflective stickers or buttons to your costume to make you more visible to motorists.
  • Your costumes accessories should be made from soft pliable materials.
  • Do not eat any candy until you return home to your parents.
  • All parents should inspect and review all candy collected before allowing children to consume.
  • Discard any candy that show signs of tampering and throw away any candy that is not sealed or in the original packaging.
  • After you eat a ton of candy, don’t forget to brush your teeth.

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If you are driving this Halloween season, DRIVE SLOWLY! Never text while driving – it is a distraction and likely illegal in many cities. Children will be out and about – so keep a sharp eye for everyone on the street.

Hope you have a fun Halloween this year.

@rusnivek