NTED official = PER-344: Social Media Tools and Techniques course #NDPTC

It isn’t official until it’s DHS/FEMA NTED official #NDPTC

This….THIS!!!!!


I’m so happy right now.

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Big mahalos to all the pros who have helped me through this process. I am fortunate to have your support in the course I created.

Yes indeed, this one is a big check mark off my career list.

@rusnivek

Busy September 2016 = National Preparedness Month #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

August was solid, but September is going to be huge because it’s NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!!!!!

First and second week, it’ll all be planning for a gigantic upcoming all-hazards PIO/PAO Conference.

Third week will be spent teaching ICS-300 for Ohio EMA to my friends in the SW part of Ohio. And then on Friday, attending the Ohio PIO Symposium.

Fourth week, I’ll be teaching at Washington DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management EOC. Upon return, then presenting at the Wayne County (Ohio) Fire Chief’s Conference on PIO/Social Media.

Fifth week, I’ll be presenting on PIO and cyber at the infrastructure at the statewide infrastructure protection conference in Region-7. Who knows, if I can do it, maybe some tactical training in Alliance too. #pewpew

And ALL month long, I’ll be participating in National Preparedness month activities that you can share with your constituents. If we can better prepare our peeps, we can increase our national level of community resilience.

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Thanks to the www.ready.gov program, it is easier than ever to get involved and prepared.

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Hope to see you engaging during this important month.

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

@rusnivek

Tomorrow is the start of… #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Tomorrow is the start of the 2016 National Preparedness Month. MY FAVORITE MONTH!

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For those in public safety, this is an incredibly important month where we highlight preparedness efforts for all of our personnel and general public.

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If you’ve sat in any of my classes before, you know that I am passionate about sharing the message of preparedness.

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Lots of big plans including a special trip to Washington DC. Details to follow.

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What the what?

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Hi Craig-You know I double-checked my emergency preparedness kit. #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Everyone is participating. Everyone.

So I hope you join all of us in this national effort and participate because your friends and family look to you for good preparedness information.

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

@rusnivek

Presenting at the DHS FEMA 2016 National Training & Exercise Symposium

Heading out to teach at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) this week at the 2016 DHS/FEMA National Training and Exercise Symposium.


I am sure other Emergency Managers can attest, EMI is one of the best places to learn and build relationships with other professionals from across the country.

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And yes, it is one of my most favorite places to teach.

Just like last year, I’m stoked to be invited to present again and I’m hoping to see a few friends too.

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WhereIsRusnivek? Find_Doc? Hmmmmmm

So if you are headed to the 2016 DHS/FEMA National Training and Exercise Symposium this week, let me know.

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@rusnivek

Final FEMA review of the new social media courses #NDPTC

I popped back-to-back-to-back social media classes last week in Sacramento, California.

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Participants from all over the west coast attended. Specifically for Thursday and Friday, FEMA reviewed our new curriculum courses. Yep, straight up evaluation. Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous.

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Ongoing for course design, I will make a few more additions/changes before courses are sent to the National Training and Exercise Division (NTED) for certification. Hoping for final approval in November 2015. Hope to hear the magical words “Federally published” as my course is listed in the DHS / FEMA Training catalog. Whoa Nellie!

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 For the classes? We had great interaction from all participants.

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Solid discussions during the breakout sessions included professionals from all Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) as well as experts from the National Weather Service (NWS), Critical Infrastructure, and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), etc… Diverse groups make for the best discussions for sure!

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As part of our continued efforts in Emergency Management, it is imperative that we address issues from the All-Hazards approach and incorporate the support of our stakeholders in solutions.

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With heavy discussion, class participants had a great time engaging with others and using tools/techniques that are specific to the Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation Directorates. Obviously, I showcased the importance of a good Public Information Officer (PIO) / Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and how their interaction in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or the Joint Information Center/System (JIC/JIS) is imperative to a successful emergency or disaster.

Also, starting to build an online learning library that can be easily accessed from anywhere using the #NDPTC is always good reference. Free. My favorite F-word.

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Special mahalos to fellow Instructors Cheryl and MaryJo in the delivery of these courses.

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Also the solid smiles from fellow #SMEM Jennifer and Scott was crucial support on this delivery.

Glad to be working with partners like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC). Truly great to see everyone working collaboratively. Thanks to the Sacramento County Emergency Management for hosting these courses.

Looking forward to the next class at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference in Clark County, Nevada. See you there!

@rusnivek

Most nervous for my August 2015

Since July was almost all planning, August will be almost all operations.

First week: I’ll be headed to FEMA Region-9 Sacramento to deliver and (hope to) certify the brand new FEMA/NDPTC Social Media presentations at the State of California’s Emergency Operations Center. This is a huge project that I have been working on in conjunction with NDPTC development and FEMA course designers. During these classes, a panel of Federal types will be evaluating…aka totes judging it. Yikes. Why am I so nervous? It’s my presentation. I created it. I designed it. It’s all me. I better not eff this up. As you know, I’m pretty passionate about my work so for sure I’m excited, but still WAY NERVOUS (rubbing my ears, whispering “FEMA-NTED-CATALOG-AUTHORED”).

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Second week: I might be curled in the fetal position…most likely finalizing the California updates from the FEMA evaluation.

Third week: I’ll be doing some advanced tactical rifle “stuff” with the lads from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As the pros say, PEW-PEW-PEW!

Fourth week: I’ll be doing my civic duty as I serve my county for jury duty. Yikes.

And the Fifth week: I’ll be headed back to OEMA in Columbus for an Advanced Event Planning Course. Hmmm, do you know of any big events upcoming in 2016?

Overall, this will likely be the most challenging month ever because of the FEMA review/certification. Gah! I hope all goes well.

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I gotta go throw up now. #nervous

@rusnivek