Detailed warning information on upcoming weather threats and other hazards

Welcome to the third week of 2020 National Preparedness Month! This week, we will be addressing how to prepare for specific disasters.

Compared to other weeks where we talk about general topics, plans, and maybe some things in your kit, we will be talking about how you can get stuff ready for each type of emergency or disaster.

So to start out, let’s talk about information about upcoming disasters.

A solid tool that is almost indispensable is…..your cell phone!

That’s right, that little computer/smart phone in your pocket is a GREAT way that you can discern information and better respond to the emergency.

One easy way is to download the FEMA app.

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https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app

The FEMA app has a ton of features that could be beneficial to your specific area. Specifically in the notification for five of your identified cities/county.

This feature provides the ability to see what’s going on in a certain area of the country. And since I travel, I always have the first slot in my list for home. This allows me to get any notification on stuff that could be happening at home.

The second, third, and fourth slot are for my family in Los Angles, Honolulu, and San Francisco. Gotta keep an eye on the family no matter where they are. Plus an extra set of eyes from another part of the country is beneficial esp if they are sleeping at 0300 and it’s 0800 here.

Since I travel a fair amount, I usually reserve slot #5 (the last slot) for my work travel. Even though I may not be from Central City, I will always know the latest in dangers in my travel city.

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From critical tornado warnings or immediate evacuation tsunami warnings – I know I’ll be prepared for my location(s) specific disaster or emergency.

All of the information provided to you….FREE. That’s right-all the details are available to you for free. App is free. No charge from FEMA to download the app. No monthly fee. No recurring administrative charges.

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Ahhhh, safety for free.

I got your back.

More free tips tomorrow addressing specific hazards.

Reporting live from the third week!

@rusnivek

Humans all communicate differently…and speak lego

As human beings, we all communicate differently.

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No seriously, we do. However, if we can find a common language, we can better fulfill our SMART objective, implement our strategies, and of course utilize the right tactics.

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Common language? Yes, we use legos to demonstrate this process.

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Just one of the fun training tabletop exercises we run through during the Command and General Staff Training.

Additionally, I got to talk about preparedness efforts too.

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Fun stuff…doh!

@rusnivek

 

Day-2 of Ohio EMA’s ICS-300 course at Belmont College

Day-2 of the Ohio EMA ICS-300 course at Belmont College (Ohio).

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Participants completed several exercises with S.M.A.R.T. Objectives, finding the right strategy with the right tactic to complete the objective with the right resource – all part of the Planning-P.

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These kinds of activities during non-emergency times will help increase skills of any public safety provider as we look to coordinate all-hazards response prior to a disaster or emergency. Additionally, I was able to showcase the PIO function as it pertains to a school fire (this is an exercise).

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So many different agencies in this class!

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Great partnerships collaborating together before an emergency!

@rusnivek

 

 

Many in government did NOT yield to standard NIMS ICS principles today

Lots of discussion around the speech from Benjamin Netanyahu today.

I mean, lots of ICS violations from the speech today.

My POVs:

1. Only the Incident Commander should brief his G&GSF.

2. LOFRs need to pay better attention to on site VIP visits and make sure it doesn’t disrupt Ops.

3. Other agency reps or SMEs should submit comms approval on messages through the LOFR. IC approval is a must.

4. IC and PSC should be primary on the SMART Objectives. TFs or STs or Single resources should not be weighing in on strategic direction.

5. Play here in your own sandbox. We got bigger national issues to worry about.

In case you needed a NIMS ICS-207 review

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@rusnivek