New base camp – meet my new friend Iggy!

Changing basecamp locations today. Whahooo!!!! Not.

I have received many questions on living conditions so let me share with you the new living quarters. We are now in Big Pine Key at a former road patrol prison.

Need to use the bathroom?


Definitely not a hotel. No real toilets in sight.

Male and female tents separate the people staying here.


Inside our sleeping quarters.


Good thing I stopped by early so I can claim top bunk.

But upon closer inspection, I found that something has already claimed my space.


So I figured it was a good time to take a picture with my new bunk mate.


I shall name him Iggy.

If there isn’t enough housing for disaster survivors, don’t think you are going to have a nice hotel to stay in or to lounge around. Plain and simple – disaster Survivors are the priority.

So to summarize, those that THINK they are going to be pampered with lush amenities, stay in a hotel, and gain points – this ain’t it. Don’t expect anyone to pamper you or get turn down service. And yes, it’s loud at night.

I’d also recommend that if you can’t stand camping, you are not cut out for disaster response.

I would best associate this disaster’s lodging to extreme camping.

@rusnivek

#Hurricane #Harvey #Barricades? Turn Around Don’t Drown #FEMA #TADD #TXWx

As ongoing operations continue for survivors of Hurricane Harvey – key messages need to be repeated as Hurricane impact turns into catastrophic inland flooding.

Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

I encourage all Public Information Officers / Public Affairs Officers (PIOs/PAOs) to continue to share/amplify FEMA messaging like this to all their audiences.

#TurnAroundDontDrown

@rusnivek

 

 

Graphic: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. This graphic is part of the Flood Safety collection.

 

 

Bueller? On the highway?

“My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend brother’s girlfriend, heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night…”

Numerous government agencies are constantly trying to engage with the general public in every community. Keep up the good work ESF-03 and PIOs!

It must be serious.

Reporting live from the highway –  #SaveFerris

@rusnivek

Driving into Cleveland for the #RNC ? This map will help you avoid blocked roads.

Driving down into Cleveland for the Republican National Convention?

Here’s the map of downtown road closures so consider avoiding these areas.

RNCMapRoadClosures-RNC2016

As always, try to be patient – we have guests in town.

@rusnivek

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Here is a free easy read shelter map for Oahu.

http://cchnl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d06eeca5c9a84d1c95944ea8a92f9b7b

1. Find the shelter location nearest to you.

2. Have a plan and several routes planned out on how to get there during heavy traffic.

3. Ready your emergency preparedness kit w/ medications, flashlights, Family Communications plan, and supplies.

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Be akamai peeps.

@rusnivek