The FEMA Podcast

By Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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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.

Episode Date
Closing the Insurance Gap
<p style="margin-left:4.5pt; margin-right:0in">Floods are the most common natural disaster in our nation, yet less than 50 percent of homes in the highest risk area across the country are insured against this type of disaster.</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt; margin-right:0in">To understand the idea of closing the insurance gap, we sat down with David Maurstad, FEMA&rsquo;s assistant administrator for federal insurance, to discuss Administrator Long&rsquo;s vision for equipping Americans with the knowledge and the call to action to financially prepare for disasters.</p>
Jun 12, 2018
Hurricane Hunters
<p>We catch up with the brave men and women of the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters.&nbsp; Major Nicole Mitchell, who is a meteorologist with the hunters, gives us a tour of the aircraft and discusses what it&rsquo;s like to fly right through the most intense parts of a hurricane.</p>
Jun 06, 2018
Conversation with Andy Neal, Chief Actuary of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">FEMA&rsquo;s own Andy Neal (and team) from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), was chosen as one of the 27 finalists for the Management Excellence Category of the Samuel J Heyman Service to America Medal &ndash; the &ldquo;Sammie&rdquo;. On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we talk with Andy Neal about the process of diversifying the NFIP&rsquo;s risk through reinsurance, and what the Sammie Nomination has meant for his program.</p>
May 29, 2018
Conversation with Ken Graham, Director National Hurricane Center
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Ken Graham is the Director of NOAA&rsquo;s National Hurricane Center located in Miami, FL. He joins the Podcast while in Montgomery, AL at one of the annual Hurricane Awareness Tour stops and discusses some of the things the Hurricane Center learned from the 2017 hurricane season and how the center is working to provide better information to save lives and property.</p>
May 21, 2018
Making "Cents" of Disasters
<p>Did you know more than 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, making it extremely difficult to recover from an emergency&mdash;whether it is a natural disaster or a broken water heater?</p> <p>When people hear about disaster preparedness, regardless of the hazard, we often do not focus much on the financial aspect and financial preparedness. Having a financial preparedness plan is an important part of your overall emergency plan. Being financially prepared can make a huge difference following disasters. On this episode, Alan Becker, the host of the radio program, Retire Right Radio joins the FEMA Podcast to discuss the importance of putting yourself in the best position to bounce back financially from a disaster.&nbsp;</p>
May 15, 2018
Immersed in Mitigation
<p>Immersed is a Virtual Reality experience developed by FEMA and its partners that puts the users at the very center of a flood crisis and uses that experience to understand the costs and impacts of flooding, but also to see the benefits of actions that communities can take to prevent that flooding mitigation. In this episode, we explore this exciting tool and how it will help local officials and eventually the public make better decisions about their risks.</p>
May 08, 2018
FEMA Administrator’s Strategic Plan
<p>A conversation with Administrator Brock Long on his vision for the future of FEMA as well as the recently released FEMA Strategic Plan. The Administrator discusses how the Strategic plan charts a path forward for FEMA as well as the emergency management system in the United States. Administrator Long was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began his service as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June 2017. &nbsp;Mr. Long has more than 16 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state, and Federal Governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs.&nbsp;</p>
Apr 13, 2018
1997 Floods: East Grand Forks Minnesota, From Tragedy To Resilience
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">For many Minnesotans, the spring of 1997 is a stark memory of catastrophic, costly flooding along the Red River. Water as deep as 54 feet spilled three miles inland to flood entire towns. One of the hardest hit communities was East Grand Forks, Minn., where 99 percent of homes were affected by the disaster, and the entire city&rsquo;s population had to be evacuated due to the rapidly rising waters.</p> <p>Such a large recovery was hard fought and long-term, requiring the coordination of many to get it done. Local, state and federal agencies, along with voluntary agencies, community organizations, local businesses and residents were all a critical part of the rebuilding process.</p>
Apr 13, 2018
Severe Weather Time in the Midwest -- Podcast
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Iowa and Nebraska emergency management discussing preparedness measures ahead of severe weather with FEMA Region VII</p>
Mar 29, 2018
Earthquake Preparedness Podcast
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Cheickh Koma of FEMA and Jeff Briggs, the Earthquake Manager for the State of Missouri discuss Earthquake and New Madrid history and preparedness.</p>
Feb 22, 2018