FSE today for Regional JIC actions! #PIO

Busy morning as we started our full scale exercise (FSC) today.

As players rolled in, they signed in and were matched up to their projected Joint Information Center (JIC) positions.

Some issues encountered by the participants? They have never worked together.

Realistic? Yep. Soooooo this is why we train and exercise together during bright lights classroom time. Again, I continue to believe, the worst time to meet someone for the very first time is at 0300.

Some general rules about the FSE including our work here in the JIC.

Steve outlining the efforts of social media injects and the Twitter.

Aside from regular play, we also had some VIPs visit. Jane from City Council showed up and I was detailed to share some of the issues, deliverables, and progress each of the tables were making as they continued the scenario.

Our social media team was hard at work not only discerning info, but also considering prioritization of tweets, impact of posts, and of course exploring various other platforms that could provide better SA/COP from data mining the locale using social media.

Not only the use of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – but exploring SeeClickFix, Waze, Tinder, SnapChat, and a whole host of other platforms geared to provide information out in the field.

Here’s Erica questioning the viability of some posted information as well as verifying media info.

Say it with me: Trust, but VERIFY.

Our rumor control table helped provide supplemental documents as well as refined talking points for our social media teams as well as our on-camera talent. All bullet points right?

Assistant PIOs were hard at work discerning google docs for real time sharing of information.

Maintaining good tempo for a JIC Manager is crucial as they update themselves on the issues w/ the EOC as well as continue the message that matches w/ the SMART Objectives.

As time went on, we simulated a “change of command” where the JIC Manager formally passes command to the Deputy JIC Manager. Hint to new JIC Managers – to make this a smooth transition, you must train on this action.

***ICS reminder: The Deputy can assume the role of the primary position. An assistant cannot assume the role/duties of the primary position.

Meanwhile, us Controllers and Coaches got all the smiles.

Along with VIPs, we continue to stream Federal partners in to tour the working exercise JIC. Not only response questions, but long term viability and ongoing return to normalcy were stressed as we projected our move from response to recovery and how viable are the transportation companies.

See, recovery is critical right? Therefore resilience is critical for the community.

The Captain of the Port was able to brief out with all participants. Outstanding to have this kind of high level involvement in our FSE. Encouraging words to hear specifically addressing our nation”s current situation for security and safety.

Also, great messages of collaboration from the City/County Emergency Management Agencies on our FSE.

Additional discussion on upcoming evaluations and how hotwashes are critical as the team starts to piece together the AAR/IP.

But never fear, we did simulate a press conference lead off by the USCG Lt.

Joining the USCG leadership at the podium was EPA, and Mayor’s office.

Don’t worry, WSUR had some pressing questions like

  • How many are dead? (If you been through my Basic PIO course, you know this one)
  • Do you regularly train for this kind of emergency?
  • Have we been attacked before?
  • Are we currently under attack?
  • And the famous one: We got some leads from user generated comments but who is responsible for this horrific incident??

So I got a chance to discuss a few items from a training standpoint re: classes. Also a last minute pieces of encouragement for ongoing training and exercises as well as a strong guidance on planning ahead with everyone who is involved in the Regional Joint Information Center.

Glad to have soooooo many participants from diverse backgrounds involved in this exercise.

What a day!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on the next big one.

@rusnivek

Boat recovery in the Florida Keys

Out today checking out the progress on recovery of boats in the area.


There are lots of them strewn about.


Also a bunch of them that are below water.


Like a lot of them. So I’m glad to see our partners from the US Coast Guard as well as other agencies supporting the recovery efforts.


Reporting live from a BOAT!

@rusnivek

Hosted the Gov, Acting Sec DHS, and FL EM Director

This morning was busy with meetings with. Florida Governor Rick Scott and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott in an interview with ABC affiliate 10News from Miami on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Branch V Division Alpha!

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security in the Monroe County (FL) Emergency Operations Center.

All part of the hurricane Irma response and recovery specifically address to the Florida Keys.

Key national leadership briefing on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Lots of partners and Public Safety attending as well as our partners from the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, and so many more.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Monroe County (FL) Emergency Management Senior Planner discussing Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts for the Florida Keys.

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott discussing strategies in the Monroe County EOC on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Glad to see cabinet level support of our disaster here in Branch V!

Numerous follow-up interviews were conducted and for me just seeing officials support our boots on the ground efforts and collaborate with so many other agencies is refreshing.

DHS/FEMA Division Supervisor Mark Landry (FCO Cadre Member) briefing with Florida National Guard leadership and Marty from Monroe County Administration on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts for the Florida Keys.

Here’s a sneak peek of the other side of the room with all the media.

Just some of the media who were allowed in the room for Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Fun times in such a small room!

More work today as the official FEMA public information officer.

Your faithful DHS/FEMA Branch V Division A PIO Kevin Sur overseeing the Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the US Department of Homeland Security and Florida Governor Rick Scott multiple interviews in front of the Monroe County EOC on Hurricane Irma Response/Recovery efforts in the Florida Keys.

Reporting live from the Florida Keys…

@rusnivek

Oh yeah, reporting in from Florida #Irma

I forgot to post this pic from earlier, but I’m in Florida. Are you?

Proud to support the External Affairs mission for the Response Directorate.

Citing my good friends from PIAT’s favorite hashtag: #JICLIFE

Hope all of you are having a great #AlohaFriday

@rusnivek

 

Great reports coming in from #Texas re: #Hurricane #Harvey #Rescue #Mission

Tons of great reports coming in from Texas for the Hurricane Harvey Rescue Mission.

Source: Noell Arthure Bolleurs

 

So proud of the partnerships we have with so many local, state, Federal, and DoD rescue agencies across this great nation.

@rusnivek

 

Thank you #VeteransDay

To all of those who have served and who are still serving, thank you for your sacrifices and dedication to this great country.

mericagif

@rusnivek

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