More EM staff IntraOp Radio Comms training

Concreting our IntraOp radio comms training today with our staff.

Enhancing the message and now assuring our partners get the right message in a timely fashion is so important.

Train like you fight right?

“Air Branch from Ops Section Chief: I”m going to need four type two rotor-wing assets to arrive at the helistop at 1800. How do copy?”

You know our staff – we ain’t messing around.

@rusnivek

A free app with preparedness info? #NatlPrep #EmergencyManagement

So many state emergency management agencies have apps that can help you prepare. Here’s a fine example of the @scemd app that has tons of #preparedness info on #hurricane #nuclear #winter #snow #thunderstorm #wildfire #flooding #thunder #tornado #safety

No matter what part of the country you reside or work, be better prepared with these kinds of free apps available to anyone.

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So many free things you can do to better prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster.

@rusnivek

Best Practices for Incorporating…

A few good friends sent me the new Best Practices for Incorporating Social Media into Exercises released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology First Responders Group.

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Click on the link above to download the entire pdf.

Lots of good reading info in there from the International CAUSE IV experiment that I contributed in Michigan and our international partners in safety – Canada Public Safety.

@rusnivek

 

First looks at my #Spectacles From #SnapChat Part-1

Here’s my first observation with SnapChat’s #Spectacles

They are big. Here’s a comparison from my Spectacles vs an ordinary pair of Oakley Holbrook sunglasses.


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Obv featuring an Engine and a Squad.

Yeah yeah, I know they are now called Snap, but I believe if you reference “Snap” this is what most everyone thinks.

More tomorrow peeps.

@rusnivek

 

Hoping these #Spectacles are neeto

Well, it’s almost like wearing a helmet around all the time.

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Wearable tech is the next big hardware gap. Fitness trackers and blue tooth headsets are indoctrinating many of you into accepting the next wave. Just get the chip implanted will ya?!?

In the meantime, I’ll be styling.

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I’m gonna straight nerd it up now. I’m bringing #nerdyback

@rusnivek

Providing oversight on today’s US DHS and PS Canada International Exercise #Cause4 #CauseIV

I was requested to support the Department of Homeland Security’s 2016 Science and Technology Cause-4 International Exercise between the United States and Canada today.

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United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Public Safety Canada. Yep-international baby!!!!!

But crossing borders is more difficult than you think – esp when dealing with patient privacy, tactical operations, and coordinating efforts amongst ultra type-A personalities.

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This is why training and exercising is so crucial to agencies who want to make a different in their communities they serve. This is also why Emergency Management is ideally a solid coordinating entity for this type of response.

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In this particular international exercise, emergency response agencies are testing EMS response, transport information, sharing actionable data, social media, and a whole lots others stuff.

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I’m just glad to be a small part of the work by so many people and agencies.

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I am convinced that through joint exercises, we can build stronger core agencies and be better responsive to emerging threats and hazards.

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“It is imperative that we enhance our all-hazards public safety partnerships.” – Kevin Sur.

@rusnivek

 

Discussion today on new technologies for PIOs

Yesterday, a bunch of PIOs met to discuss some video publishing options.

And yes, pushing out time-sensitive information and learning about new technologies ON THE SAME MOBILE DEVICE AT THE SAME TIME does cause some stressful moments.

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However, we got serious and openly discussed a few new technologies.

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You guessed it, the theme of the day was the immediacy of mobile hardware and software for broadcast video. So our spirited discussion resulted in a lunch-n-learn program.

Other tips from today’s meeting:

  • Adapt and overcome.
  • Play the long game.
  • You are bigger than you think.
  • Promotion.
  • Put in the work.
  • Make them follow you.

Ahhh yes. Because if we can avoid having to go here…

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…we can be more productive for our leadership and enhance the visibility of our field/tactical operations.

Looking forward for big things to come.

@rusnivek

 

Bioterrorism discussion at IIT in Chicago

This past weekend, I was invited to swing by the Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate School in downtown Chicago.

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Spirited discussion included bioterrorism, social media data/intelligence, explosives, nuc/rad release, mass panic/evacuation, and of course drone operations for large events.

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Participants included many members of Chicago Police’s upper administration and leadership from Chicago Police specialty teams.

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They asked Dr. Fagel if I was a Special Agent kinda guy. Clearly, my Aloha shirt on a Saturday really messed things up.

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Overall, it was a great day to be in downtown Chicago.

Looking forward to sharing some SME knowledge with the graduate students this fall.

@rusnivek