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Disaster Zone is hosted by Eric Holdeman, an emergency manager with over 30 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. Disaster Zone is a podcast that focuses on all facets of disasters; the before, during and after of events that are increasingly impacting communities around the world. Podcasts run between 20-30 minutes with a mix of guests covering a range of disasters and issues that flow from them. Sponsors of this podcast include:DynamisThe Blue CellBent Ear SolutionsT-Mobile for GovernmentStory topics and suggestions for people to interview are welcomed. You can contact the host via email. Podcast listeners might also be interested in the Disaster Zone Blog which is the number one blog on the topic of emergency management here in the United States.

Disaster Zone is hosted by Eric Holdeman, an emergency manager with over 30 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. Disaster Zone is a podcast that focuses on all facets of disasters; the before, during and after of events that are increasingly impacting communities around the world. Podcasts run between 20-30 minutes with a mix of guests covering a range of disasters and issues that flow from them. Sponsors of this podcast include:DynamisThe Blue CellBent Ear SolutionsT-Mobile for GovernmentStory topics and suggestions for people to interview are welcomed. You can contact the host via email. Podcast listeners might also be interested in the Disaster Zone Blog which is the number one blog on the topic of emergency management here in the United States.

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Disaster Zone is hosted by Eric Holdeman, an emergency manager with over 30 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. Disaster Zone is a podcast that focuses on all facets of disasters; the before, during and after of events that are increasingly impacting communities around the world. Podcasts run between 20-30 minutes with a mix of guests covering a range of disasters and issues that flow from them. Sponsors of this podcast include:DynamisThe Blue CellBent Ear SolutionsT-Mobile for GovernmentStory topics and suggestions for people to interview are welcomed. You can contact the host via email. Podcast listeners might also be interested in the Disaster Zone Blog which is the number one blog on the topic of emergency management here in the United States.

Language:

English


Episodes

Community Points of Distribution (CPODS)

10/12/2021
Eight counties in Western Washington State have banded together to do regional planning. The effort has been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant (RCPG) A 2019 grant is being administered for the region by Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management Jason Biermann, Director for the county is interviewed in this podcast about how the RCPG grant process works for the eight counties and then he provides details on the...

Duration:00:39:31

911 Systems and Technology

10/5/2021
New York City is a complex place in which to work within public safety. In the middle of it all is the 911 system that receives calls from citizens and dispatches first responder resources. In this podcast I interview Chris Carver, a former Chief Dispatcher and Director of Fire Dispatch Operations for the New York City Fire Department where he helped to coordinate the response to some of New York City’s largest disasters. We discuss the status of 911 systems in general and dominance of...

Duration:00:43:48

The Legislative Process in Congress

9/28/2021
Monica Sanders is a Georgetown University professor. Previously, she was a Senior Committee Counsel for both the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Homeland Security. In this podcast we do deep dive into the legislative process of the Congress of the United States. The role of committee chairpersons and their staff is explored, along with the way in which bills are introduced in Congress and move through the legislative process. The role of committee staff is discussed. The...

Duration:00:51:17

Alert and Warning - A New Approach

9/21/2021
Alert and warning is one of the primary functions for emergency management agencies and first responders. You first need to detect the hazard, but then you need different ways to issue a warning. This then is the topic of this podcast with Matthew Straeb with Alert FM In the podcast we discuss the pros and cons of different technology tools being used today to issue warnings. I strongly believe that you need more than one method and if you are looking to warn people of an earthquake, I think...

Duration:00:43:06

Trends in Emergency Management

9/14/2021
The Disaster Zone podcast guest is John Scardena who hosts the Disaster Tough Podcast and also heads up Doberman EMG a consulting firm specializing in supporting government emergency management programs. In this podcast we have a wide-ranging discussion on a variety of emergency management topics from ranging from GIS to other technologies and how to address the integration of new technologies into an organization. He talks about “failing fast” with tech. This episode is sponsored by Bent...

Duration:00:46:35

Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

9/7/2021
All forms of science can be beneficial to people working in the emergency management and disaster related fields of endeavor. However, when it comes to working with people and their relationship and thoughts about all phases of disasters, it is the social sciences that can help us most understand and communicate with the people and populations we serve. Lori Peek, a professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder is...

Duration:00:45:52

Virtual ICS Position Training

8/24/2021
Training has moved beyond the classroom and is predominantly being done on line in the COVID Pandemic environment we are in. Todd Manns, the founder of The Blue Cell is this week’s guest. In the podcast we hear about their lessons learned from moving to a virtual environment for Incident Command System (ICS) training. Additionally, they are starting up a totally new training series of classes that provide individual position training for ICS Command Positions. What is unique is that they are...

Duration:00:32:50

Getting the Power Back On — Post Disaster

8/17/2021
This Disaster Zone Podcast is a very interesting interview with Tom Moran who was instrumental in managing the early stages of the All Hazards Consortium One of the key messages Tom shared was to let the private sector lead public-private efforts. Government endeavors just don’t seem to survive changes in leadership and funding. Then, in the guts of the podcast we discuss his experiences in electrical power restoration from a coordination perspective. He developed some creative solution in...

Duration:00:40:33

Maximizing the Technology You Already Have

8/10/2021
Technology is dominating almost every aspect of our lives. It was not that long ago that emergency management and first responder agencies operated with just hardline phones and radios. Today it is a whole new ballgame. Unfortunately, many organizations have purchased technology that they are only using a small fraction of its capacity. In this podcast we explore how organizations can get the most out of the technology that they already own. It is not about buying a new system or dashboard...

Duration:00:48:46

Hawaii Emergency Management

8/3/2021
The State of Hawaii has a unique geographical location among all states—an island state! This podcast is an interview with Luke Meyers, the Emergency Management Director for the state of Hawaii. We discuss the hazards the state faces and also their jurisdictional arrangement with a total of four counties. There is a brief discussion of the botched “the missiles are coming” warning along with other topics of interest. Think about the impact to their economy when COVID-19 stopped the influx of...

Duration:00:51:10

21st Century Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems

7/27/2021
Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems remain the backbone of communications for first responders across the spectrum of agencies and disciplines. In this Disaster Zone Podcast Todd Perdieu, Vice President of Products and strategy with L3Harris provides information on how LMR systems function. He goes into more depth about the challenges of coordinating radio spectrum issues in the design of new systems. Lastly, he touches on the design and specifications for new handheld responder radios capable...

Duration:00:44:23

Building for Disaster Resilience

7/20/2021
Building for disaster resilience requires a concerted effort to build disaster resilient buildings with new building materials and siting buildings in the right location to limit the impact of natural hazards. Evan Reis, Executive Director for the US Resiliency Council shares how they are working to improve building codes and construction methods and processes. He also touches on how equity and social justice can be applied to the construction of disaster resistant buildings. The book...

Duration:00:37:03

Media’s Use of Drones

7/13/2021
One segment of our community that is using drones more and more includes the television media. This podcast is an interview with Greg Thies, News Operations Manager at King Television in Seattle, a NBC affiliate. In this podcast we learn about what the safety and operational protocols are in use to provide the safe operation of drones by the media. There is also information on how they approach working with first responders when they arrive on a disaster site. The working relationship...

Duration:00:39:28

New Cellular Service Opportunities for First Responders

7/6/2021
T-Mobile is now the second largest wireless carrier in the United States. Their recent merger with Sprint has given them some significant advantages in coverage and emergency and disaster capabilities. This interview is with Craig Martinez, a public safety advisor to T-Mobile with a long background in law enforcement. In the interview we discuss the many strong attributes that T-Mobile now has to support first responder agencies, police and fire—including being able to provide free cellular...

Duration:00:43:30

Emergency Management at the 3rd Busiest Airport in the World

6/29/2021
Los Angeles World Airports, which includes LAX is the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger volume. In this podcast I interview Justin Pierce who is the Emergency Management Director there. We talk about the challenges and opportunities he faces with such a large enterprise system. Besides going into the details of his emergency management program we also discuss the future of the emergency management profession to include NextGen Emergency Managers. This episode is sponsored by...

Duration:00:50:47

Adapting to Climate Change

6/22/2021
While climate change and disasters are mentioned frequently in the popular media, most of the information being shared is about climate mitigation that has to do with reducing the amount of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. There is little discussion of climate adaptation. This podcast looks specifically at adaption as a strategy that can be implemented now and can provide immediate results to reduce climate related damages. George Haddow, Senior Advisor with Adaptation Leader is the...

Duration:00:35:57

Women in Emergency Management

6/15/2021
There are more and more women entering the profession of emergency management or thinking about a career in this field. This podcast is an interview with Curry Mayer, Director, City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management. Curry has worked in both California and in Washington State as an emergency manager and also worked as a consultant. In this interview we talk about the opportunities and challenges that come with the profession and also how women can make a difference working in this...

Duration:00:48:49

Earthquake Risks in Western Washington

6/8/2021
There are earthquake risks in about every corner of the United States. This podcast looks at earthquakes in Western Washington State. Bill Steele, Director of Communications and Outreach at University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is interviewed. In addition to talking about plate tectonics and the three different types of earthquakes the region is subject to, there is a discussion about the most recent work to institute a ShakeAlert System here in Washington...

Duration:00:43:33

A Policy Level Look at Emergency Management

6/1/2021
Everyone has a boss. Emergency managers are no exception. Sometimes the position of emergency manager reports to a senior appointed official like the public works director or the fire chief. Others report directly to an elected official, mayor, fire chief or county commissioners. I was fortunate to work for a senior appointed official—a Deputy County Executive. This podcast is an interview with Paul Tanaka, my former boss. In this episode I probe Paul, who is retired now, for information...

Duration:00:39:16

Feeding America

5/25/2021
Food insecurity is a huge issue in the United States, and it got worst during the coronavirus pandemic. One organization at the center of coordinating and providing food to people who need it is Feeding America. This podcast is an interview with Vince Davis, Director of Disasters Services for Feeding America. In our conversation we discuss their role in providing support to day-to-day food bank operations throughout the United States. Then, we also go into the role the organization plays in...

Duration:00:36:34