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Telling the story of what FEMA does and how we do it, and providing a call to action for the nation to prepare for potential disasters.

Telling the story of what FEMA does and how we do it, and providing a call to action for the nation to prepare for potential disasters.
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Telling the story of what FEMA does and how we do it, and providing a call to action for the nation to prepare for potential disasters.




Youth As A Part Of Whole Community Preparedness

In this episode, FEMA speaks with emergency managers and a member of FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Council who are working to make preparedness a part of Pacific Northwest schools and communities. Hsin Ya (Jessie) Huang, a student at South Eugene High School; Scott Zaffram, Federal Preparedness Coordinator at Region 10; and Bryce A. McKenna, Emergency Management Director at Oregon Department of Education - Office of Student Services share their perspectives on youth preparedness.


Preparing For Better Outcomes With FEMA And Fannie Mae

In honor of national preparedness month, we sat down with Alex Amparo, assistant administrator for FEMA’s national preparedness directorate, along with Mike Hernandez, Vice President for housing access and disaster response and rebuild at Fannie Mae. We discussed the importance of preparing for better financial outcomes after disasters.


Making Cents from Disasters: The Millennial Money Mindset

When disasters occur, an emergency savings fund can be one of the primary resources to handle natural disasters and jumpstart recovery. This can include temporarily evacuating to a hotel, paying for a generator, or beginning to pay for damaged or lost items. This applies to all citizens and residents, particularly young adults who increasingly become more aware of the perils natural disasters can bring. In this episode, we talk with the Operation HOPE’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Anita...


More Than Magnitude: How the National Earthquake Information Center Works

Large earthquakes in populated areas make the news, but many people don’t realize that earthquakes actually happen every day, all over the world. The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden not only monitors these earthquakes, they initiate an earthquake response protocol designed to give first responders and recovery staff critical information in the hours and days following a major earthquake. Paul Earle, the Director of 24/7 Operations, explains the mission of the NEIC.


Prepared, Not Scared: Teaching Children What To Do In An Emergency

Each week, a National Preparedness Month weekly theme will focus on a different aspect of preparedness, including the importance of making an emergency plan, saving early for unexpected costs of disasters, getting involved in community preparedness efforts and teaching young people to prepare. On today's episode, we'll focus on youth preparedness during a roundtable discussion with a few members of the FEMA team. We'll learn more about the important roles children can play in creating a...


FEMA's CBRN Office

In this episode, we recognize an organization within FEMA with a unique mission to plan for the dangerous man-made events that we hope the world may never face. Join us as we talk to experts from FEMA’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) office. We’ll gain a better understanding of their work through an in-depth scenario-based discussion focused around how FEMA and other federal agencies would deal with an improvised nuclear device detonation.


A National Strategy for Mitigation Investment

Recently, the mitigation framework leadership group, the mid flag released the National Mitigation Investment Strategy, which is intended to be a single national strategy for advancing mitigation investment to reduce risks posed by natural hazards and ultimately increased the nation's resilience to those hazards. On today's episode, we sat down with the co-chairs of the group to talk about this strategy and how it's transformative for the way that we seek to prevent future loss from...


Live from the 8th Annual Building Resilience through Private-Public Partnership Conference in Washington, DC

On this episode we sit down with leaders from Private Sector partners in Disasters, to examine best practices among all sectors coming out of recent disasters, and the opportunity for the private sector’s continued support to build a culture of resilience.


Inside NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center

On this episode, we sit down with Shawn Dahl, a forecaster at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. Shawn sheds some light on space weather, describing what it is and how it can affect people on earth. He also provides insight on how the agency forecasts space weather and communicates with partners, like FEMA, to ensure that critical space weather information can be used to plan day-to-day operations.


Disaster Partner Spotlight: the NVOAD

On this episode, we’ll talk to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) President Greg Forrester and FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Coordination Branch Chief Liz Gibson about how the NVOAD fosters a more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster and their coordination with FEMA to help people before, during and after disasters. (Host: Cassie Ringsdorf)


PrepTalks: Amanda Ripley "The Unthinkable: Lessons from Survivors"

Today we're sharing a previously released PrepTalk with Amanda Ripley, who's a journalist and a senior fellow at the Emerson Collective. She combines the inspiring stories of disaster survivors with research into how the brain works when confronted with unusual events to provide advice on how emergency managers can help individuals become more decisive in an emergency.


Designing an exercise for the most catastrophic events

On this episode, we discuss the process of designing massive national level exercises with FEMA’s national exercise division. Jeff Blizzard and Ted Robinson from the national exercise division at FEMA headquarters, join us to discuss what goes into a large-scale national exercise, how FEMA participates, and how we bring the inner agency to participate into these exercises.


Advancing Wildfire Resilience with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Since 2013, the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network has connected and supported people and communities who are striving to live more safely with wildfire. The Network has served as a catalyst for spreading best practices and innovations in fire adaptation concepts nationwide. At their annual workshop in Ashland, Oregon we interviewed Michelle Medley-Daniel with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Ali Lerch and Chris Chambers with Ashland Fire & Rescue, and Hilary Lundgren...


FEMA and the Law Enforcement Community

On this episode of the FEMA podcast, Roberto Hylton, FEMA's Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Engagement and Integration, spoke about his team's mission to integrate emergency management and the law enforcement community. Hylton believes these efforts will help strengthen our nation, reduce risks, and improve our country's capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate potential disasters.


Resiliency: A Conversation with Dr. Dan Kaniewski

On this episode Dr. Dan Kaniewski, FEMA’s Deputy Administrator for Resilience, joins us to talk about how FEMA’s new strategic and structural focus on Resiliency will make America safer, stronger and better prepared for future disasters.


More Efficient Disaster Response through Pre-Disaster Contracts

On this episode, we talked to Dennis Jones, emergency management director for Chatham County, Georgia. He shares his experience leading his county through Hurricane Matthew and the lessons learned that led to more efficient contracting in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies.


Making “Cents” Out of Disaster Financial Preparedness

Today on the FEMA Podcast we talk with Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of AFCPE, to better understand FEMA’s partnership with her organization and how it will benefit the nation when it comes to being financially ready for the unexpected.


Agency Update: FEMA Turns 40 Years Old

Today, FEMA turns 40 and we’re throwing it back, highlighting a history of milestone events, landmark legislation, and the rarely told story of how the Agency got to where it is today. In the 40 years since its creation a lot has changed, but there’s been one constant through it all – the Agency’s commitment to protecting and serving the American people. FEMA undoubtedly has a rich history to share with you today, on this special episode of the FEMA Podcast….


Teaching Students How to Prepare for Emergencies and Disasters - STEP

FEMA created the Student Tools for Emergency Planning or STEP program, a curriculum for fourth and fifth grade students, to teach students how to prepare for emergencies and disasters and trains them to become leaders in family preparedness. On this episode, we dive a bit deeper into how this program works and discuss how, in one FEMA Region, these efforts are helping to move the needle of overall national disaster readiness.


State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Toolkit Lifelines

A community lifeline enables the continuous operation of business and government functions and is critical to human health and safety or economic security. The lifelines concept reframes incident information to provide decision makers with impact statements and root causes and is intended to maximize the effectiveness of federally supported state managed and locally executed response. FEMA recently released the community lifelines implementation toolkit, which provides our partners with the...