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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 CellStory 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 CellStory 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 CellStory 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

Conducting Virtual Disaster Exercises

3/2/2021
One of the outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic is the need to maintain social distancing. An innovation borne out of this is organizations have begun using technology to conduct virtual exercises. My guest for this podcast is Kyle McPhee, Director of Preparedness for Hagerty Consulting. Topics discussed include what technology solutions work and what the benefits and challenges are for doing virtual exercises. I also ask Kyle about career opportunities for new college graduates with...

Duration:00:35:33

Everyone is in Sales

2/23/2021
No matter who you are and what you do, there is an element of salesmanship to how you interact with other people and organizations. This podcast is an interview with Jeff Kirchick, author of the book Authentic Selling, How to use the Principles of Sales in Everyday Life. In this podcast we discuss what it takes to be authentic and how incorporating listening and being empathetic can help you interact more effectively with others. Dynamis, a leading provider of information management...

Duration:00:41:38

Personal Reflections on Major Disasters

2/16/2021
Mike Byrne, the podcast guest has been at the center of emergency management and homeland security for decades, both in responding and recovering from major disasters while holding senior positions responsible for orchestrating assistance from a government and private sector perspective. In this podcast he speaks about his personal learning points from four major disasters that he was intimately involved with in either the disaster response or recovery phases. This episode is sponsored by...

Duration:00:45:40

Achieving True Communications Interoperability Across Networks, Devices, Platforms and Applications

2/9/2021
The need to achieve communications interoperability has haunted public agencies for years. The terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 highlighted the need to improve the ability for public agencies from different jurisdictions to communicate with one another. Now today, Verizon has initiated an outreach to other companies, carriers, device makers, etc. to come together to jointly work on the issue of communications interoperability. The guest on this podcast is the individual leading those efforts....

Duration:00:32:14

Shortcuts for Delivering Presentations that Encourage Action

2/2/2021
People are often called on to deliver public presentations. Yet, the very thought of speaking in public makes many people panic. We know the power of speakers who can convey messages that are clear and convincing, whether delivered in person or online. This episode is an interview with Michael Buschmohle, President of Applause Associates who has trained thousands of speakers worldwide, including many emergency managers. He will share his shortcuts for preparing and delivering persuasive and...

Duration:00:27:58

Disasters and People with Disabilities

1/26/2021
As people and organizations in the public and private sector work to prepared disaster plans, trainings and exercises they need to remember to include a focus on people with disabilities in all facets of their emergency management and business continuity program. The guest for this podcast is Linda Mastandrea, Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. In the podcast we dive into...

Duration:00:34:42

Emerging Technologies in Emergencies and Disasters

1/19/2021
Technologies are available now that can help with many facets of emergency management and business continuity programs. This is an interview with Matt Bradley, Vice President, with OnSolve a company that specializes in providing a variety technological solutions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the newest tool being added to help organizations obtain situational awareness very early in an event. Future trends are another topic discussed, along with how moving to a virtual worker environment...

Duration:00:35:13

Warning the Public in New York City

1/12/2021
In this podcast Deanne Criswell, New York City’s Emergency Management Commissioner discusses how the city uses a variety of legacy warning systems along with new technologies to warn the public. New York City has a significant challenge with the level of diversity in spoken languages in the city and those issues are also addressed in the podcast. This episode is sponsored by The Blue Cell, a by design crisis and consequence management consulting firm with a primary focus on education and...

Duration:00:29:06

How to Write Email that Engages and Persuades

1/5/2021
As the Covid pandemic continues raging and businesses are being cut back, many people are working from home. Besides working online with Zoom, people are doing more and more writing. But most people are not professional writers and many find writing challenging. This episode is an interview with Michael Buschmohle, an author, book editor, and international writing instructor. He will share his proven tips for writing short, clear email and persuasive documents. Plus, how to respond tactfully...

Duration:00:21:50

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Consultant

12/29/2020
Eventually everyone in government or business will likely need to engage a consultant to assist their organization with an element of work that they need help with. This podcast is an interview with Brian Murphy, a Principal with BERK Consulting. We discuss a number of issues related to obtaining a consultant to perform work for you. What should you expect from a consultant? When do you use a RFP, RFI or RFQ to solicit proposals? Additionally, we discuss the working relationship the...

Duration:00:22:49

Leading Virtual Teams

12/16/2020
The coronavirus pandemic forced businesses and governments to close their physical office spaces and have people begin working from their homes, with little or no planning or preparation for this momentous change in how teams function. Betty Lochner, M.Ed., SPHR, CEO of Corner Stone Coaching and Training is the expert guest. In this podcast she shares 7 Tips for Leading Virtual Teams, a great resource for managers and supervisors who were thrust into this virtual role with no training being...

Duration:00:38:01

The Future of Emergency Management Education and Training

12/10/2020
Glen Woodbury is the Director, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. In this podcast we explore how the programs he manages have adapted to being all distance learning and how going forward, education and training can be shaped by leveraging technology. In the second half of the podcast we explore how emergency management is evolving as a profession and how emergency management can perhaps become a meta-discipline that is used as the go-to place for all...

Duration:00:39:05

A Dozen Ways to Communicate Better Verbally

11/27/2020
In our age of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and alternative facts, talking with people we disagree with can be challenging. Sometimes these are people we’re trying to reach with vital information about emergency preparedness. This episode is an interview with Michael Buschmohle, an international business communications trainer for government agencies and emergency personnel, who will share 12 specific phrases he’s found for opening conversations and encouraging listening. These short...

Duration:00:22:37

How to Work with a Legislator

11/10/2020
No matter who you are, you can become active in helping get legislation passed. My personal experience has centered on legislation to advance disaster resilience. The guest for this podcast is Jim Kastama. Jim has many years of experience as a Washington State legislator, first in the House and then in the Senate to include being a Committee Chairman. Today he serves as a City Councilmember for the City of Puyallup, Washington. We discuss how to approach a legislator with draft legislation...

Duration:00:37:27

Interview with Peter Gaynor, FEMA Administrator

11/1/2020
Peter Gaynor is the currently serving Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator. In this podcast we learn about his career path in emergency management and FEMA’s 2020 response to the coronavirus, hurricanes and wildfires. He also comments on the New Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC). This episode is sponsored by The Blue Cell, a by design crisis and consequence management consulting firm with a primary focus on education and training for government at...

Duration:00:24:10

Implementing a Drone Program

10/29/2020
Drones are becoming a critical piece of technology for any disaster response or emergency management function, however you cannot simply go out and just start flying a drone if you are a business. To maintain the safety of the national airspace, pilot and mission certifications are necessary to be in place for the aircraft and all your operational procedures. This episode is an interview with Charlton Evans, who leads End State Solutions, a company that helps public and private sector...

Duration:00:26:16

New York City’s Emergency Management Program

10/22/2020
New York City is a very dense metropolitan area with a population of 8.4 million people living and working there. This podcast is a conversation with Deanne Criswell, the New York City Emergency Management Commissioner. You will learn all about their program, the top risks they face and how they are using technology to move forward in the 21st Century. Her passion for what she does shines through! Dynamis, a leading provider of information management software and security solutions, is a...

Duration:00:41:33

Cybersecurity in a Pandemic

10/20/2020
The pandemic forced many governments and businesses to have employees work from home for months at a time. This is likely to continue well into 2021 and beyond. This podcast is an interview with Ray Pompon, with F5labs.com where we discuss cybersecurity threats and precautionary measures all organizations can take to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks. Dynamis, a leading provider of information management software and security solutions, is a sponsor of this podcast.

Duration:00:26:57

Who is QAnon?

10/16/2020
This podcast is an interview with Edie Miller, an investigator with Logically.ai a UK based company that is focused on stopping the spread of disinformation and misinformation on the Internet. The conversation will cover topics such as, who is behind QAnon, what is its reach across the globe, and what are some of the misguided conspiracy theories that are propagated via people in its circle? This movement does not just exist online but can have real world impacts when people act out on these...

Duration:00:29:17

2020 - An Unprecedented Year

10/3/2020
2020 has been an unprecedented year in so many ways. COVID-19 and all its ramifications that echoed through our society from health, the economy, job losses, sports. Disasters have also been unprecedented in frequency and scope. Lastly, the politics of 2020 must be called unprecedented. With three months to go, more unprecedented events are sure to be revealed. Dynamis, a leading provider of information management software and security solutions, is a sponsor of this podcast.

Duration:00:06:34