What does HumpDay have to do with your kit?

As we are in the middle of the second week of 2020 National Preparedness month, we should continue to talk about your preparedness kits. While yesterday’s kit was part of my deployment loadout, there are similarities between personal preparedness kit and professional deployment kits.

How timely of a topic since today is HUMP DAY!

One such item that is replicated in all of my kits is cash.

That’s right, dolla holla yo!

And quite literally, it’s specifically dollar bills y’all. All dollar bills! Look, before you start asking about the singles that are ready to mingle, think about it like this:

During the first outsets of a disaster where infrastructure is non-existent, power is not working, and cell service is out…all your precious credit cards, debit cards, and touchless pay methods will not work. Period.

So tried and true, cash talks. I deploy out with at least $200 in cash to supplement our operations.

Additionally, businesses may not have the capability to provide change so dollar bills will allow you to provide close monetary values for most products.

My esteemed colleague MaryJo Flynn is right, $2 bills would be good because it reduces your weight by 50%…aka 6 ounces. But regardless (or irregardless-eek), small bills/denominations are critical when prepping your kit.

Most definitely, don’t carry two $100 bill and expect change.

Some parts of the country still prefer cash so take that into consideration as you plan on the safety of your family and being able to provide for them during the first 72 hours of a disaster.

Now would be an excellent time to go to the bank and get your singles.

More easy tips tomorrow on your prep kit.

Reporting live and making it rain…..

@rusnivek

SBA can help too! #Disaster #Hurricane #Irma #Maria

Disaster help provided by the SBA? Where did the SBA come from?

But they only help out small businesses right? Nope.

Here’s a quick video that answers the most commonly asked questions.

Proud to work with so many partners like the Small Business Administration from across the country in this disaster recovery operation.

@rusnivek

 

Working with Univision to get our message out in Spanish 

Great day working with Univision from Miami.


Sharing the message from our FEMA on registering on disasterassistance.gov is a great way to start the process on various programs. But sharing it statewide is great too!


Reaching audiences in various languages allows our information to proliferate into various communities throughout different communities affected by the Cat-4 hurricane.


Additionally sharing the recovery message with our partners like Small Business Administration (SBA) – showcases the skills of government agencies working together.

  • “We are working closely with our partner in public safety to ensure that everyone gets disaster assistance.”
  • “It’ll be a long road ahead, but millions of dollars have been approved for disaster assistance to Floridians for Hurricane Irma recovery.”
  • “This is what we train for, this is what we do.”

Glad we prepped and hit questions that could be used across various communities. #syndication

@rusnivek

Doing good PIO deeds this morning at NBC24 WNWO

Doing good PIO deeds this morning here at NBC24 (WNWO) in Toledo.

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It’s really amazing to see how much a smaller news station can accomplish especially with the right people and the right technology.

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Special thanks to Angi Gonzalez (@AnchorAngi) and staff at NBC24 WNWO.

Still in Region-V baby!

@rusnivek