Stopped by Amazon Day-1 for a quick tour and a banana!

Got a chance to swing by Amazon Day-1 to say hi to a few friends.

And if you are going to ask, we did NOT meet in the new Amazon Spheres.

However, I did see the famous Banana stand – It’s totes real!!!!!

Aside from their new drone delivery (Amazon Air), there was lots of discussion on the new Amazon HQ2 location.

Yo Jeff, I got some ideas.

Special thanks to Suz and G-crew for the quick tour and banana.

Now, about that Amazon Fire thingy…


Moving another DRC in the Florida Keys

In efforts to best serve the communities that were hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, we (FEMA) moved the Marathon Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to a new location

As you guessed it, this new DRC has much easier access to the highway.

6805 Overseas Highway in Marathon, Florida

Stop on by to update your records and/or check on your status for disaster assistance.

Reporting live from the new DRC location in Marathon…


I lost stuff because I have 16 pockets on my pants!?!?!?!

While out today, I will be testing some new 5.11 Tactical gear.

These are the 5.11 Tactical XPRT Series pants.

I only have 16 pockets on my pants…therefore, I have already misplaced a few items.

Don’t forget, Cleveland Marathon tomorrow (Sunday 05-21-17).


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!


In 2017, I’m trying something new a few times a week

In 2017, I vowed to try a few new things.


Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen – the continuous improvement of work efforts and personal efficiency, I decided that I take a few moments each week to do some meditation.


I don’t need to bang any gongs or burn any incense. (<–cause that would be a fire hazard). I just figured firming up my position might help a bit to refocus on priorities.


What brought all this? It was really my visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.


In my humble opinion (IMHO), one of the most spectacular places to visit.


Many parts make up the sum. Aside from rainfall, the sounds of calm override most.


With my meditation, these things help too.

  • Sip green tea.
  • Two hands.
  • Centering my soul.
  • Smooth thoughts. (Obv a nod to the motto “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”)


Let’s see how this goes.