Day-2 of the new FEMA Region V COOP Course

Starting off day–2 of the new FEMA COOP class.

Solid discussion lead by Northwestern Medicine’s Continuity Manager Sam with our all-hazards pros on alternate locations including cold, warm, and hot EOCs.

Not only locations, but also triggers on when to move emergency operations centers. These kinds of discussions also spark debate on levels of activation as well as essential personnel. We openly discuss triggers and standards that help make it easy for COOP Managers and leadership to roll out their continuity plan.

As we identify specific incidents and actions needed, we can also assess viability of personnel and staff….ESSENTIAL staff to these secure national COOP locations like

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Additionally, we focus in on the importance of not only writing a plan, but also exercising a plan. Good dialog w/ Joe on the city of Aurora’s exercise plans.

While not as sexy as response or even preparedness, these kinds of continuity exercises test recovery. Can’t begin to tell you how important that is to your constituents esp when things are going to 💩. Catastrophic planning is only as good as your last exercise – trust me, when faced with crisis, people will not always do the most common sense thing.

Why is our agency leaning in on the COOP stuff? Well, if all goes according to my plan, we should have at five (5) Master Continuity Practitioners on our staff. Awwwww yeah!

As we close up, Sam leads the post test wrap up to evaluate that level II retention that FEMA EMI loves.

In the end, when you see the participants smiling and hearing their responses in how they are going to directly implement these new rollouts and changes to the plans….is so gratifying.

I am proud of the work we do in Emergency Management. As an instructor I expect a lot out of you. And your students most definitely do too.

As an instructor, your influence to your participants can generate enthusiasm beyond expectation. Dedication is critical to the success of your mission. I am thankful for all the smiles in our FEMA Region 5 COOP class on this #AlohaFriday.

@rusnivek

Brand new FEMA Region V COOP class Day-1

Kicking off the new FEMA Region 5 Continuity of Operations class here at the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Proud to have Northwestern Medicine’s Continuity Manager Sam Boyle and DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Operations Supervisor Joe Joseph with us to share some of the changes with FCD-1, FCD-2, CC-1, HSPD5, PPD-8, NSPD-51, HSPD-20, and of course the NIMS update.

Mid-day discussion with Joe on the Continuity planning process with the new FEMA course materials for COOP focused around essential functions.

Look at those smiles!

All made to enhance the skills of our public safety partners.

Shout out to all the leadership and participants who took the time away from their desks to enhance their program’s ability to function beyond catastrophic incidents.

Also, for those that were paying attention on the day? Is it really the perfect date?

Hmmmm…

Boom.

COOP? Operations? Social Media? Public Information? Pop culture? Everything is a calculated because even in a FEMA class, we don’t miss a beat!

Welcome to my program. This is how we do things at our house.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-04-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-04-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

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And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-03-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-03-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

fact stamp

And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-02-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-02-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

fact stamp

And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-01-14 at 2330

Ebola update – Date/Time: 12-01-14 at 2330

Confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio: 0 patients

Confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 patient

Confirmed pet cases of Ebola in the entire US: 0 pets

fact stamp

And the top-10-things you REALLY need to know about Ebola

**With no new cases of ebola for two weeks now, I am thinking about discontinuing this daily ebola update. Unless another new cases pops up, I will discontinue this running series on Friday 12-05-14.

@rusnivek