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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.

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English


Episodes

Bainbridge Island Flotilla

1/18/2022
There are all different types of volunteer teams. 4X4 search and rescue; horse search and rescue; drone teams; cadaver dogs; search dogs; mountain rescue teams—and then there is a Volunteer Boater Disaster Team. In this podcast we explore how one city, Bainbridge Island, Washington State has established and organized a volunteer flotilla of boat owners to help in times of disasters. Tami Allen, Harbormaster for the Bainbridge Police Department is interviewed about how this team of volunteer...

Duration:00:40:53

Oregon State Resilience Officer

1/11/2022
13 states have either a State Resilience Officer or a Chief Resilience Officer. In this podcast we have an interview with Mike Harryman, State Resilience Officer for the State of Oregon. Besides the pandemic, Oregon has had several other major disasters, including the largest wildfire in its history and a historic heatwave that killed scores of people. All of the above caused the state to do a series of after-action reports that led to a restructuring of the emergency management function in...

Duration:00:46:18

Dealing with Pandemic Mental Health Stress

1/4/2022
The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused all types of stresses on people and organizations. The guest for this podcast is Dr. Kira Mauseth who is a practicing clinical psychologist, splitting her professional time between seeing patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates, teaching as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serving as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. Her work and research interests focus on resilience and recovery from...

Duration:00:47:40

Amateur Radio Systems

12/28/2021
Amateur radio is emergency management’s last best hope for maintaining communications in a disaster when all other systems fail. This podcast is an interview with two leaders from the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (Seattle ACS) Tim helming and Catherine Middleton-Hardie. Seattle ACS supports the Seattle Office of Emergency Management In my experience, they are one of the premier organizations of their type. In the podcast you will learn all about the different types of amateur...

Duration:00:59:01

Climate Impacts and Solutions for Local Government

12/21/2021
We are seeing climate impacts across the world and here in the United States. In this podcast we look more deeply at those impacts and how people and governments are reacting. Anna Marandi, Program Manager of Climate Resilience and Sustainability with the National League of Cities is the guest. The changing climate is impacting where people choose to live and work. Actual climate migration is factoring into decisions being made as people leave disaster prone areas for other states—perhaps,...

Duration:00:47:52

IT Support in a Pandemic

12/14/2021
The COVID-19 Pandemic was a learning experience for everyone. A key player in helping businesses and governments continue to function was the Information Telecommunications (IT) departments. In this Disaster Zone Podcast I interview Linda Gerull, Executive Director for the Department of Technology for the City and County of San Francisco. She describes how they helped departments provide services in the Bay Area. Additionally, in the first half of the podcast we talk about IT support...

Duration:00:46:54

Texas Emergency Management

12/7/2021
Texas is a big state with big disasters. In this interview I also found Nim Kidd, Texas Emergency Management Chief to have big ideas. One of the longest serving state level emergency management directors in the United States he brings a wealth of information to this podcast. I learned a lot from interviewing Nim and hearing his answers to questions that I posed. We also learn how emergency management has become part of the university system in Texas and the benefits that come with that...

Duration:00:54:41

A Policy View of Sea and Airport Operations

11/30/2021
Our maritime and aviation ports are critical to the commerce of the United States. Recently the importance of marine ports has been highlighted as challenges in the supply chain have been evident. In this podcast Ryan Calkins, Port Commissioner for the Port of Seattle shares information on the role of port commissioners, but also the scale of the operation in running both a maritime port and the major airport in the Pacific Northwest, SeaTac Airport. These facilities are critical...

Duration:00:45:22

Aerial Attack on Wildfires

11/16/2021
Wildfires have dominated the disaster news, especially in the West, due to the extended drought and then extreme temperatures impacting the ability of wildfires to be really huge, covering large tracts of land that can be larger than some states. One tool used to fight these fires are aviation assets, to include helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. This podcast does a deep dive into the type of organizations and aircraft used to fight wildfires, especially with fire retardant. Nicholas Lynn,...

Duration:00:51:32

Protecting Pets from Disasters

11/9/2021
Pets are part of the family. They come in a variety of types of animals, birds, reptiles, and they sometimes get more attention than other two-legged members of the family. When disasters strike, they are just as easily impacted as humans. In this podcast we explore what people can do before a disaster to protect their pets and then what to do when a disaster does strike. Sharon Hawa, a Senior Strategist with Best Friends Network Partners is the guest on this podcast. This podcast is...

Duration:00:42:13

The 2017 Las Vegas Mass Shooting

11/2/2021
It is an unfortunate truth that mass shootings are becoming much more common. In this podcast we learn about the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, the Las Vegas Mass Shooting event in 2017. My guest is Carolyn Levering, Emergency Management Director for the City of Las Vegas. She provides a compelling account for what happened and then the aftermath of the incident. There are number of lessons to be learned from listening to this podcast, to include—be ready for an...

Duration:00:39:16

Sweet Home Alabama...Emergency Management

10/26/2021
This Disaster Zone podcast is an interview with Brian Hastings, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency As such he is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and the senior official responsible for all phases of emergency management. In the podcast we learn about the hazards that Alabama faces, e.g. more tornadoes than any other state, the composition of his agency and the jurisdictional make-up of the state. Technology, the pandemic, and disaster resilience are only a few of the other...

Duration:00:48:24

A Conversation about Risk with Gordon Graham

10/19/2021
In today’s podcast I have a conversation with Gordon Graham a nationally and internationally known speaker on the topic of risk and risk management. I have heard Gordon speak several times and he is very knowledgeable and engaging. Our discussion covers a multitude of topics from Black Swan events, disaster planning and how to write procedures among many others. You can review Gordon’s Reading List at the link provided. During the podcast he mentions two books in particular, Amanda Ripley’s...

Duration:00:51:00

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