Check out these # EM Pros at class this week at the mothership!
On the steps of the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency in Cbus!
Day-2 of the State of Ohio Basic Public Information Officers’ Course here in Summit County. And yaaassss, #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink!
Started off the morning talking about interview skills and techniques that are readily used by both PIOs and Reporters/Photojournalists.
Reviewed all oncamera interviews from all the participants in our class.
We want to prepare our new PIOs with the best training so they are capable off hitting the ground running representing their agency positively in a crisis or emergency.
Steve brought in the Team from WKYC (NBC affiliate) Akron Office to be our panel discussion.
Lots of great points including what could make or break a PIO – esp for a close tight knit community like Akron and Summit County. Special thanks to Reporter Amani Abraham and Photojournalist Carl Bachtel on their insight to news media.
I was able to get my friend Cleveland Police PIO Sgt Jennifer Ciaccia to give a dual presentation with me on the 2016 Republican National Convention and other Cleveland activities.
As a team, Jen and I are solid, but we recognize that others are needed to establish the efforts of PIOing within their own communities – no matter pre-planned event or emergency.
And yes, we addressed how PIOs need to keep current on social media trends esp on national cool campaigns…like the mannequin challenge.
Again, special thanks to Jen on the support of today’s State of Ohio Basic PIO class.
Afternoon was dedicated to the PIO TTX. We setup two groups with all participants for the in class mock press conference and they did a solid job. Both groups worked together…
…and formulated talking points….
…organized and strategically thought out a press conferences agenda…
And of course controlled the unruly fictitious media reps from OZRadio, WTF, and the YellowBrickRoadNews. FEMA Phil and USFA Tom would be so proud of us MPIOs to see us working the press conference part of the class.
Another great day for PIO training in the State of Ohio!
It’s still National Preparedness month and it’s the start of week-3 focusing in on practicing and building out your plans.
GO kit sounds great, but if you have a hard time moving your go kit(s), then it’s likely a no kit. Make sure your go kits are light and lean.
For more great tips, check out more free tips from my friends at http://www.ready.gov
Since almost everyone uses social media…
Teach your family how to properly use social media BEFORE a disaster. It’s another way to keep in communications w/ your family before, during, and after a disaster. #NatlPrep
And yes, we should all use our social media powers for good.
#PlanAhead to teach your family how to use social media.
Plan for your family and neighbors? Absolutely!
Always check on your neighbors and make sure they are OK. You never know when you are going to have to save a life. #NatlPrep
Proud Father moment…about my own Dad. You see, he saved our neighbor’s life. Like for reals.
A few weeks ago, while my Father and our family’s dog (Buster) were out in the back yard, they noticed our elderly neighbor face-down in the yard. Not knowing the situation, my Father jumped the fence and rendered immediate medical care, called 9-1-1, and helped guide the HFD Engine and C&C Ambulance to the patient.
My Dad being shy, would easily be the first one to shrug it off and downplay his actions. But it’s really small things like this that make a difference in the lives of so many.
It is in my opinion that if my Father did not jump the fence and immediately rendered aid, our neighbor would have surely died. Now, our neighbors have more time to spend with their entire family together. So I cannot stress enough the importance of doing extraordinary stuff for people…like your neighbors.
This whole week, we have focused on doing things for others. On this #AlohaFriday, I’d like you to keep my Father’s actions in mind as you do the same for your neighbors.
I am so proud of my Dad.
Help your family prepare well before an emergency like simple tools like flashlights.
Don’t leave your family in the dark! #PlanAhead by purchasing flashlights early. Last minute run to the store will yield nothing. #NatlPrep
Make sure your family has all the tools they need to weather the storm or emergency (<–see what I did there?)
Be the beacon of light in your family on preparedness.
No matter where you are, big or small, your city council is a great place to start to learn more about your community.
Engage your community’s council members & safety committee chairperson.They can provide valuable insight to emergency plans #NatlPrep
It is highly likely that they are active members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) too. Whoop whoop!