Lots of great discussion starting the State of Ohio Joint Information Center/System class (G-291).
PIOs from across the state sharing ideas on how we can all work together during an emergency is critical.
Scenario based PIO training works well as it puts our crews into the action mindset.
Thanks to our diverse backgrounds of our participants – we had various discussions on our all-hazards response as well as how we can better support each other in times of emergency or disaster.
Glad to have a new batch of PIOs ready trained for our external affairs efforts. I am confident that if we continue to train and educate our public safety professionals – that we can better serve all our 88 counties across the State of Ohio.
Reporting live from the official State of Ohio JIC/JIS Course here in Summit County…
Starting out the Advanced PIO class week with the big cheese – a warm EMI welcome from the new FEMA EMI Deputy Superintendent Steve Heidecker!
Phil laying down the usual ground rules like…
- Don’t look for Camp David.
- Don’t open windows.
- Don’t touch helos.
- Don’t break anything.
And yes, today, I was fortunate enough to introduce my favorite Indianapolis Fire Department Batt Chief/PIO Extraordinaire….Ladies and Gents….put your hands together for BC Rita Reith!!!!!
Glad to see so many of my former students come here to FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute for more training. And they get to hear my same PIO instructor jokes again.
And great to meet so many of online peeps for the very first time aka #IRL. Yes of course there will be lots of tweeting and #hastagging going on this week.
You in my class? Holla yo!
Reporting live from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s Advanced Public Information Officers class…
I was asked if Pirate Radio was real….yeppers!
Pirate Radio based in the Florida Keys-Key West has a strong voice that not only hits audiences throughout the keys, but also into southern Florida too. They stream their shows so that any Pirate can listen in…even when yer a landlubber!
I was a regularly contributor to their morning shows with daily Hurricane Irma disaster updates. We also brought other public safety agencies in with us to showcase the unified efforts of countless government agencies involved and how we are all working together in the response/recovery effort.
Additionally, I was invited to be a regular guest on their Friday morning show to talk about the DHS/FEMA response and recovery efforts for the Florida Keys. Not only talking about the Florida Keys, but also the millions of $$ in financial support approved for the State of Florida.
Remember, AM/FM radio stations are a critical source of information in a disaster. After a disaster, cell service might be down, sat tv might be out, and it is highly likely that your neighborhood may not have power. Post-disaster, plan on AM/FM radio being a solid source of information.
Many mahalos to both gracious Pirate Radio hosts – Jack and Kim!
Spending my Sunday reading through paperwork, demobilization emails, and my performance evaluations from Hurricane Irma’s disaster response.
Just glad to be a part of the FEMA disaster response to help my fellow Americans.
I just demobilized from Hurricane Irma. Total of 42 days.
One thought as I repack: I have never worked so hard and had to use ALL my learned PIO skills and tricks in just one disaster.
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
6805 Overseas Highway in Marathon, Florida
Stop on by to update your records and/or check on your status for disaster assistance.