Lots of flooding all around Illinois #TADD

Lotsa flooding going on around Illinois. Reported 34 counties and counting.

Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Daytime is easy to spot these dangers, however nighttime will be incredibly difficult. Travel with caution and always check roadways before you venture out.

Please be safe.

@rusnivek

Sharks in the HOV lanes? Cmon! #SharkWeek #2018

And for the second disaster trick, this picture….

IT AIN’T REAL!!!

Don’t be a dingbat, stop sharing this fake picture during disasters and/or flooding.

Aaaaaand yes, an easy twofer here too: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

Be a good steward of social media information.

@rusnivek

#Hurricane #Harvey #Barricades? Turn Around Don’t Drown #FEMA #TADD #TXWx

As ongoing operations continue for survivors of Hurricane Harvey – key messages need to be repeated as Hurricane impact turns into catastrophic inland flooding.

Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

I encourage all Public Information Officers / Public Affairs Officers (PIOs/PAOs) to continue to share/amplify FEMA messaging like this to all their audiences.

#TurnAroundDontDrown

@rusnivek

 

 

Graphic: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. This graphic is part of the Flood Safety collection.

 

 

Day-2 of FEMA Basic Public Information Officer Program

Day-2 of FEMA’s Basic Public Information Officer Couse started out with reviews of all crisis interviews.


Collaborating on communications tactics with various agencies allows PIOs to craft the right message – esp in a disaster.


Erica had a chance to share JIC efforts from the Republican National Convention.


And you know I shared some tactics and tips on ascertaining open source info utilizing geolocation/metadata during a National Special Security Event. I also chatted briefly about tools field PIOs should use when deployed out.


After lunch we were fortunate enough to hear from a great panel discussion: Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine, the Information Officer for central Indiana and RTV6’s Investigative reporter Paris Lewbel.


Both panelists candidly shared information with everyone attending.


Side note: Sgt John Perrine is the brains behind the truly viral PSA hit on vehicles turn signals. Check it out here.

Great to work with so many pros today.

@rusnivek

Stop driving through flooded roadways! #TADD #OHFlood #OHWx #Prepared

Every time. Every. Single. Time.

I don’t get it. We preach the #TADD safety message so many times. But yet, it always happens every time we have a heavy rain.

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No kidding Sherlock.

C’mon! What else do we have to say to get people to listen!?!?!?!

Remember: It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. #TADD

Kudos to WEWS News Channel-5 in highlighting the dangers of flooded roadways.

Just say it with me, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD”

Again.

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD”

Again.

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD”

More tips on flooding can be found here at Ready.gov

@rusnivek

Powerful recruitment tool for terrorist groups #SMEM

Quote for today by the US State Department:

“The State Department regards social media as a powerful recruitment tool for terrorist groups…”

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Peeps! Know the power of social media and use your social media powers for good.

The latest offering from the US State Department – Think Again Turn Away

Counter bad stuff and show the truth about this evil group

Always remember DHS’ line, See Something, Say Something

@rusnivek

Is this flooded roadway safe? You tell me…. #TADD #Prepared2014

This week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 16 – 22, 2014).

To help clarify some misconceptions about water and flooding, let me make it very clear – NEVER drive through flooded roads. Here’s a great example. We were dispatched after a few reported calls of a flooded roadway. Looks innocent enough right?

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Just because it’s downhill does NOT mean it is any safer…in fact, it is more dangerous.

  1. Gravity will move/flow the water faster.
  2. More water will cause you to lose control of your vehicle or possibly sink your vehicle and/or drown you.
  3. More water will remain at the bottom of the hill will definitely cause damage to your vehicle.

So how can you share this safety message with others?

  • Continue to share the message of Turn Around, Don’t Drown = #TADD (National safety campaign phrase)
  • Flash flooding can occur anywhere – even within metropolitan and urban areas.
  • Avoid areas that are frequently flooded.
  • Always follow instructions from your local emergency service professionals.
  • Report any flooded roadways to the proper authorities.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roads.

It’s really bad news if we have to meet like this…

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If you were wondering, that’s me on the right

Do your part in #Prepared2014 by being safe this year.

@rusnivek

2014 National Flood Safety Awareness Week #TADD #Prepared2014

This week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 16 – 22, 2014).

Did you know that floods are the #1 natural disaster in the US? Just within the past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

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How can you help?

Share these easy safety tips with your constituents on flood safety:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown = #TADD (National safety campaign phrase)
  • Flash flooding can occur anywhere. If there is a possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Always follow instructions from your local emergency service professionals.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roads.
  • Use local alerts and warning systems (like iPAWS and WEAs) which can send localized information about your immediate area.
  • Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
  • Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause thousands of dollars in damages.
  • Do you know if you live in a flood zone? Find out here for free.

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So check your emergency preparedness kits and make sure you are ready!

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@rusnivek