Mean people do not like severe weather warnings

Dear general public: Stop being mean to the National Weather Service, State/Local government public safety, and news reporters.

When “breaking news” occurs pertaining to safety, please adhere to the warnings put forth by the official sources.

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Again, stop being mean!

Most reporters are generally nice and they want to report the facts.

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For your protection, heed all safety warnings from official sources.

@rusnivek

 

Final day of training at DCHSEMA #NatlPrep

Second and last day of our training at DC’s Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency.

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Again, glad to have so many partners in public safety participating esp from the intelligence community.

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Also excited to finally make it to NOAA/NWS Headquarters! Special thanks to my old friend and PIO extraordinaire Cindy.

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Every single Emergency Management class is all about building relationships. No matter NIMS/ICS, EOC, Hazardous Weather, Intelligence, or Social Media – build your network of trusted partners in public safety.

Super glad to see so much participation during September: National Preparedness Month aka my favorite month! #NatlPrep

@rusnivek

Are you violating Facebook’s Terms of Service? Safety-PIO-SM-15-004

15-004: Are you violating Facebook’s Terms of Service?
Agency: Various public safety agencies Topic(s):         Facebook organization page
Date: 07-31-15 Platform:        Facebook

Facebook has a wide audience and many public safety agencies have taken to Facebook to promote their efforts. However, many agencies have created the wrong type of account on Facebook.

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By creating your agency’s page as a person on Facebook, you are violating Facebook’s terms of service. And if you are going to ask, Facebook administration has the right to immediately delete everything. Yikes.

By registering your agency as an ORGANIZATIONAL PAGE, you can take advantage of Facebook’s analytics. This information is incredibly valuable as you evaluate who, what, at what time, and most importantly the how and why they are searching/visiting your agency’s organizational page.

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Facebook readily asks if you know people and displays their basic account information. Facebook’s goal is to increase your networks by showcasing people that are similar to you. If you happen to see one of your neighboring public safety agencies who may have incorrectly registered a Facebook personal account, take the time to inform them on changing their account from a personal page to an organizational page.

Likes? As an organization, can I like other pages? Yes, as an organizational page, you can like other agencies too. Through Facebook likes, you can showcase to your trusted network of similar public safety agencies.

Remember, social media is about how you can amplify your networks and positively engage your constituents. We are constantly strengthening our relationships with similar groups – all in the name of safety.

Look, we all need to be good stewards of our public safety brand. All Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) need to constantly support each other and help agencies who need some social media guidance.

By double checking your agency and your partner agencies.

  1. You can be compliant with Facebook’s Terms of Service agreement.
  2. You can ascertain detailed visitor demographics free from Facebook’s organizational analytical information.

Time is valuable, so post good stuff.

@rusnivek

To download the one-pager, click on the link here: Safety-PIO-SM-15-004-PersonalOrOrganizationalOnFacebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press credentials discussed

We talked a little about press credentials last week in our Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) class. Here’s an example of Chicago’s press creds.

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(Some of you may remember Erin Kennedy from WKYC 3 here in Cleveland).

PIO Pro Tip: Build trusted relationships w/ the media prior to an incident.

@rusnivek

 

Free Tips because October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month #WOPR

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

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Here’s a few tips that could help you to enhance your Cyber protection:

  • Don’t click on strange or funky links.
  • Make sure your antivirus software is regularly updated.

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  • Only click on links that are from trusted sources.
  • Download the latest updates/patches for your computer programs.
  • Monitor and review your child’s online activity.

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  • Backup all your files regularly.
  • DO NOT click or play weird computer games like Global Thermonuclear War

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  • And please DO NOT talk to computers named Joshua.

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“How about a nice game of chess?”

@rusnivek