Carabiners help keep your documents dry #NatlPrep

People often ask me about my backpack and what I carry in there all the time. Many inquire about the large locking carabiner on the top grab handle.

Plan to include several carabiners that will allow you to hang your important items up and away from flood waters. #NatlPrep 

I always keep my important documents (like copies of insurance cards, family communications plan, and out of state contacts) away from flood/wet areas. The carabiner allows me to hang my bag anywhere so my important documents never get wet.

My important documents are off the floor in the bathroom!

When putting together your kit, always include carabiners as they are multi-functional.

Another pro tip: Do NOT get a cheap carabiner, get sturdy rugged carabiners.

All month long, free preparedness tips for National Preparedness Month!

@rusnivek

 

Day-1 Ohio EMA Emergency Planning

Welcome to another solid start of Ohio EMA’s G-235: Emergency Planning course!

Thank you to Ashtabula County EMA for hosting this class for participants from three different FEMA regions. Here’s Ashtabula County EMA Deputy Director Tim Settles welcoming message to all our participants.

I immediately started involving them on identifying solid planning system characteristics.

Great discussion among Fire representatives, Emergency Management, and Red Cross professionals.

Additionally, CERT and HAM radio operators’ involvement was critical in plan writing as they will be testing/using those annexes.

Team leads from the Ohio National Guard / 52nd Civil Support Unit attended and worked closely with leadership from local/county EMAs.

Outstanding first day of class!

@rusnivek

I got a headache!!! In your preparedness kit, I need your… #NatlPrep

Before you hear “I got a headache!!!!!” – everyone should have planned to keep extra medications in their emergency preparedness kit. And I know, you got the case of the MUNDAYS – so for sure we might have a few headaches.So make sure your planning includes extra medications for everyone in your family.

Make a medications list and plan to maintain an extra 3-5 days of your meds in your emergency preparedness kit. #NatlPrep 

Never know when you might have to use some meds.

For more great preparedness tips, check out my friends at www.ready.gov

Be safe and PlanAhead!

@rusnivek

Help your Dad before a disaster strikes #NatlPrep 

When making a plan for your family, do include planning for your Dad. That’s right, Dads could be in danger!

Sturdy boots are a must-have for any emergency preparedness kit. Or else this could be your Dad. #NatlPrep 


In an emergency, make sure your Dad is safe.


Plan ahead and stay safe!

@rusnivek

Family plans: Comforting items for children in disaster #NatlPrep 

When making your plan for your family do include planning for all the kiddos. 

Keep comforting items like favorite stuffed animals that will help children cope with adverse events in an emergency. 


For more preparedness tips this month, follow along throughout the month. 


Stay safe and plan ahead! 

@rusnivek

State of Ohio EMA G291 Joint Information Center / System class at Medina County EOC

Packed State of Ohio EMA Joint Information Center / Joint Information System course today!

Started everyone into group work as well as ongoing discussion on the role of SMEs at a press conference.

Just in case, we also tasked participants to start thinking about a policy/protocol for their agency on sneak attack aka ambush interviews.

We found as we leverages our strengths and capitalize on our skills, we as JIC Managers can better meet the needs of any situation – we just gotta find the right PIOs for the job.

As our groups collaborated, we found that despite crossing state lines, we still have the same problems as other areas – thus proving our point that we need to consistently train together and exercise our plans together.

Many of our participants enjoyed working in the JIC setting and were excited to work in a JIC during the next activation. Most excellent as we build a strong cadre of PIOs across this great state.

My Ohio Peeps!

Reporting live from Medina County’s Emergency Operations Center….

@rusnivek

Meetings at FEMA HQ and prep for Hurricane Harvey

Fun time this morning at FEMA HQ.

Quick meeting with my manager and a quick hello to our other External Affairs pros on the 8th floor.

Additionally, lots of planning ongoing for the preparedness/response for Hurricane Harvey. And lots of senior administration here today to update ongoing issues as well as brief leadership on various branches of government.

Photo Credit: FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Despite the ongoing flurry of activity, I was still able to grab a few smiles from my External Affairs peeps.

@rusnivek and @EmergencyPrepGal

We are going to need everyone to listen to trusted sources of local, state, national information on safety measures being implemented throughout affected areas.

Please heed the warnings of your local public safety professionals.

  • If told to evacuate, immediately do so.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  • Most of all, grab your preparedness kit and keep family/friends close as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall.

Be safe peeps.

@rusnivek