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EP 57 Launching FEMA's Innovative Strategic Plan with Dr. Daniel Kaniewski

This week we talk to Daniel Kaniewski about FEMA’s Strategic Plan. This is an exciting move for the profession of emergency management. We also talk a bit about the Prep-Talk program and delve into Flood Insurance. Daniel Kaniewski, PhD was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness on September 14, 2017. He is currently FEMA's second ranking official. Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Kaniewski was Vice President for Global...


EP 56 Opportunities With Team Rubicon Global

Lourdes Tiglao has served as regional communications manager and a medical volunteer for Team Rubicon USA. She's a US Air Force veteran who served on a 3-person USAF Critical Care Air Transport Team and helped co-found and launch the first USAF Critical Care Medical Attendant Team in the Pacific. Lourdes also served as a member of the USAF International Health Specialist Team, an organization that used medicine to cross cultural barriers. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University...


EP 55 Exploring the Epic Catastrophe The Thomas Fire

Randy Styner the Deputy Administrator for the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and Jenny Novak Southern Region Response Coordinator at CalOES share their experience responding to the Thomas Fire and the Montecito debris flow incidents. The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in Southern California in December 2017. It burned approximately 281,893 acres (440 sq mi; 114,078 ha),...


EP 54 Behind the Scenes of the JTF Civil Support

Lt. Col. Rahmin J. Norwood Lt. Col. Rahmin J. Norwood was born in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. in 2001 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. He currently serves as the Chief of Chemical, Biological, Radiation Nuclear (CBRN) Analysis Cell and Protection, Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), Fort Eustis, Virginia. He has attended Officer’s Basic Course and Advance Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the...


EP 53 Fundamentals of Weather and Emergency Management

Today we talk to Kyle Nelson about the importance of having a weather professional in the EOC. Kyle Nelson wants to break down the barriers and bridge the gaps of knowledge between weather professionals and everyone using weather data to make informed decisions in their daily activities, and to protect lives and property. As a natural hazards educator, Kyle enjoys delivering a highly-caffeinated blend of weather, emergency management and social media in the professional classroom, and...


EP 52 Attracting Diversity by Creating Opportunities in EM

William Averette (Bill) Anderson spent his career working to understand and mitigate the causes and consequences of hazards risk, and in particular, to understand and address the extent to which marginalized groups are among those who suffer the worst consequences when disasters do strike. As a gifted researcher, scholar and educator whose tenure included esteemed positions at the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the National Academies and Arizona State University, Bill served...


EP 51 How to Make Civil Defense Work Again Challenge

Michael Mabee worked as an urban EMT and paramedic.He worked as a suburban police officer and for the federal government. Mabee has a good deal of military training, two wartime deployments to Iraq, and two humanitarian missions to Guatemala. CSM Michael MabeeI was decorated by both the army and the federal government for my actions on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. He has the most pride in having one of his troops in Iraq say to his first sergeant after a convoy: “that sergeant major...


EP 50 Predicting Catastrophic Flooding With Pioneering AI

Ibrahim Demir is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering (secondary), and an associate research engineer at the IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering and the Iowa Flood Center. He is also an informatics cluster faculty at Iowa Informatics Initiative. His research interests are environmental information systems, scientific visualization of geo-spatial data, user interface design, and information communication. His...


EP 49 Turn The Ship Around Applying I Intend to to Your Team

In 1981, David graduated top of his class from the U.S. Naval Academy—an institute renowned for developing “leaders to serve the nation.” Thereafter, he joined the submarine force. Along his journey, one thing bothered him: the traditional leader-follower model. Used by the Navy and most companies around the world, the goal of leader-follower is to influence people to comply, not think. David experienced first-hand how this practice makes people feel marginalized. He knew in his gut that...


EP 48 Raven Rock The American Plan to Survive a Nuclear Strike

Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, writes about politics, technology, and national security—helping to explain both where we’ve been and where we’re headed. He’s written for publications from WIRED and Esquire to Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the New York Times, and served as the editor of two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine, which he helped lead to its first National Magazine Award, the industry’s highest...


EP 47 Rapid Shelter Solutions

Deployed Logix (DLX) is a trusted industry partner. Military, Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Urban Search and Rescue, and other organizations rely upon our first-hand knowledge to assess, outfit, and sustain their field operations. We are not a “one-size-fits-all” supplier. Deployed Logix (DLX) understands that its customers have vast and differing threat response capabilities. Operational deployment applications will vary depending on situation. Deployed Logix (DLX) works hard to ensure...


EP 46 Is your Water Safe

Marcello Some of Marcello past experiences includes: Director of Entrepreneur Development for Utah's Governor's Office of Economic Development. Strategic Consultant. Commercial and Hard Money Lending. National coordinator for EFY youth camps. Business to business software sales representative. Owner of two sound and lighting/disc jockey companies. Executive Vice President of a clothing/fashion corporation. Director of Marketing for an online business. Advertising Manager for Utah Valley...


EP 45 Training and Exercises With The Blue Cell

The Blue Cell, LLC is a national training, exercise, consulting and deployment services company specializing in the area of Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Incident Management. In total the company offers over 70 different courses. The Blue Cell also provides technical services in support of response operations and in 2012 purchased Command School TTX which serves as the companies exercise service group. In 2015 the company completed its most successful year to date having...


EP 44 The Direction of FEMA With Brock Long

William Brockmann (Brock) Long, is the current FEMA Administrator has more than 15 years of experience in Homeland Security specializing in emergency response operations planning, business continuity, evacuation, and school and University safety. Before moving into his role at FEMA Mr. Long is the Executive Vice President of Hagerty Consulting, a comprehensive Homeland Security and Emergency Management firm. He provides strategic direction and leadership for all preparedness and recovery...


EP. 43 Veterans Issues and Resources

High Caliber Community All founders of High Caliber Community (HC2) are veterans or currently serving. We have all been in the Armed Forces long enough to recognize the need for the services HC2 will provide. Our ultimate goal is to decrease the rising rate of veteran suicide by helping vets find other vets and locate resources, without having to search large databases or read through a great deal of content before realizing a specific service may not even be available to them. The...


EP 42 Thinking, Acting, Communicating Starting With Why

Peter is passionate about enabling people to be extraordinary. Inspired by “The Golden Circle”, Peter helps individuals and organizations harness the power of Why. The result is extraordinary cultures and sustainable high performance. He illustrates his insights by drawing on examples from his previous flying, military, and industry career to explain principles that can be applied in any business. A leadership consultant and executive coach, Peter’s commercial experience extends across...


EP. 41 Communicating to the Masses Lessons From a Spy

Pete Turner guides organizations in developing and implementing content-based marketing strategies. These strategies are achieved by linking the tactical demands of the market with corporate goals/outcomes. The methods he employs were developed while advising US govt elements in conflict zones. Through hundreds of interviews with industry leaders, Pete come to realize, the same "Ground Truth" focused practices that worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia etc. also apply repeatedly and...


EP 40 EM Weekly A Year in Review

EM Weekly is a podcast hosted by Todd De Voe that brings news, interviews, discusses trends and issues that impact Emergency Management, First Responders, military, education, public safety, communications, disaster volunteer organizations, public health, humanitarian groups, NGOs, professionals, students, and researchers. In support of the Podcast EM Weekly also offers a Blog for those who would rather read our episodes weekly and have access to additional content not discussed in the...


EP 39 Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

Ms. O’Brien is the CEO of Connect Consulting Services, a healthcare emergency management and business continuity planning firm. She serves as a Contributing Writer for Emergency Management Magazine and has served as an Instructor for FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. She has a Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management. Ms. O’Brien also received the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency...


EP 38 Radio Interoperability Solutions Made Easy

The very first customer Frank helped, was a County Sheriff on the East Coast, that needed to patch radios with surrounding counties, State Police & National Guard. Being in a Mountainous area, they also needed voice & data patches to cover dead spots. Also, they did not have hundreds of thousands to spend on a custom solution. At BaseCamp, Frank helps Cities, Counties, and States who are eager for a simple, portable solution that enables them to connect with any other agency radio on...


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