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 Dec 2, 2019
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A FEMA podcast highlighting innovation in the field of emergency management and sharing stories of communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

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Episode 112: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness in Communities Near Chemical Stockpile Sites
Since the 1950s, the U.S. Army maintained stockpiles of chemical munitions that were produced as a way to deter the threat of chemical attacks from foreign adversaries. In 1985, under the direction of Congress, the Army began destroying the aging chemical weapons, while ensuring that the communities surrounding the eight stockpile sites across the country remain safe. Three years later, in 1988, an agreement was made between FEMA and the U.S. Army to establish the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, or CSEPP. CSEPP is a readiness program that is designed to enhance the emergency preparedness of the communities surrounding these stockpile sites, not only as it relates to the stockpile munitions, but also to any disaster. Today, stockpiles of chemical munitions remain at only two sites in the United States, and one of those sites is in Pueblo, Colorado. On today's episode, we'll learn more about Pueblo's annual CSEPP exercise - what goes into planning it and what it looks like as over 2000 local, state and federal partners come together to practice their plans in case an emergency were to occur at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
Mar 16, 2023
Episode 111: Understanding the Importance of Protecting Your Property with Flood Insurance
Flooding is America's number one natural disaster affecting 99% of U.S. Counties since 1996. Just one inch of water can cause roughly $25,000 of damage to one's home, and most homeowners don't know their flood risk or what they have currently covered in the event of a flood. Even more concerning, rises in extreme weather have made flooding more and more prominent, and they're not only happening in flood zones. On today's episode, we sit down with David Maurstad from the National Flood Insurance Program to talk about misconceptions and how it's designed to help residents and business owners protect the life they've built with flood insurance.
Mar 02, 2023
Episode 110: Focus on Equity - Engaging Persons with Disabilities in Emergency Response and Recovery
FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination serves to ensure our commitment to equity and inclusion for persons with disabilities before, during, and after disasters. On this episode, we catch up with Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. to explore his first hundred days in office, discuss the improvements that are being made in our program delivery, raise awareness for how to engage persons with disabilities, and lay out a plan on how to make the disaster response and recovery process more effective.
Feb 16, 2023
Episode 109: The National Water Center - Addressing the Nation's Flood Risks
A little over 10 years ago, congressional leaders responded to the growing need for water resources intelligence by having NOAA Build a National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The center is charged with developing and providing this new generation of water prediction services for the entire nation. These services help to inform essential emergency management and water resource decisions from all time scales, including flooding and drought, low flow risks and information for routine and long-range water management and planning. In this episode, we catch up with Whitney Flynn, FEMA's liaison to the National Water Center, to discuss why the partnership is so critical in helping communities deal with flooding events before, during, and after they occur.
Feb 02, 2023
Episode 108: Unpacking the EOC How to Quick Reference Guide
For emergency managers across the country, the Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, can be home base. It's a place for deconflicting challenges, finding solutions and coordinating efforts to a host of emergencies facing their communities. For many, the EOC is also a physical location, but in recent years, jurisdictions are finding ways to make their EOCs virtual as well. To that end, in October 2022, FEMA released the EOC How to Quick Reference Guide, which is a collection of guidance and best practices that can contribute to developing an EOC that can successfully meet the jurisdiction's needs. So, on this episode, we go to FEMA's National Integration Center to learn more about the guide and how it can help communities increase EOC capabilities for evolving environments.
Jan 19, 2023
Episode 107: Flood After Fire: Understanding the Risks of Increased Flooding After Wildfires Damage the Land
In recent decades, wildfires have ravaged many areas of the country, especially the Western United States. Scientists note that climate change will worsen ongoing drought conditions, which will in turn increase the frequency and intensity of wildland wildfires. When the flames are extinguished, a new threat arises - flooding after fire. After large scale wildfires, the ground is left burned, barren, and unable to absorb water. That means when there's a rain shower or thunderstorm, rainfall that would normally be absorbed will run off and flow downhill, picking up ash and debris to form mudflows and flash flooding. This puts residents living in and around burn scars at greater risk. And because it takes time for the vegetation in burned areas to regrow, the risk of flooding after wildfire lingers for years. On today's episode, we turn it over to our partners in FEMA Region 8, located in Denver, Colorado, as we learn more about the risks of flash flooding and mud flows following a wildfire.
Jan 05, 2023
Episode 106: A chat with Joe Kelly, Minnesota's outgoing director of emergency management shares tips, insight, and lessons on navigating through the pandemic
On this episode, we celebrate a great partner in emergency management. Joe Kelly, Director of Minnesota's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the last 11 years, will be retiring at the end of December. Like many who serve in emergency management, the last few years have brought many unique challenges. So, we explore how Minnesota worked through those challenges during Joe's tenure and, he offers some valuable and innovate lessons for the future leaders of emergency management. Hey, we also had some surprise guests during this recording - FEMA Regional Administrator Tom Sivak, Deputy Regional Administrator Mike Chesney and also Minnesota’s Public Information Officer, Amber Schindeldecker, all make some short appearances during the conversation.
Dec 22, 2022
Episode 105: A New Guide for Continuous Improvement in Emergency Management
In late October, FEMA released the National Continuous Improvement Guidance. The guidance provides an approach to conducting consistent and rigorous continuous improvement activities before, during, and after real world incidences. Emergency managers and other whole community partners can use this document to effectively strengthen their continuous improvement capabilities, regardless of the organization's level of experience or resources. In this episode, we're going to walk through that guidance and also some technical assistance that FEMA is working to provide throughout the nation.
Dec 08, 2022
Episode 104: A Chat with Kelbie Kennedy, FEMA’s New National Tribal Affairs Advocate
A big part of FEMA administrator Deanna Criswell's strategic plan centers around instilling equity in emergency management. With this renewed focus, we are delighted to introduce FEMA's first National Tribal Affairs Advocate, Kelbie Kennedy, to the podcast. Since joining FEMA in October 2022, Kelbie has brought a wealth of knowledge about Indian Country to the agency with the goal of helping FEMA live up to our trust and treaty responsibilities to tribal nations while focusing on equity. Troy Christensen from the FEMA podcast team caught up with Kelbie at the National Advisory Council meeting that was recently held at the Choctaw Nation to discuss her background and her vision for the future of FEMA's tribal engagement and collaboration.
Nov 23, 2022
Episode 103: FEMA's Outreach Initiatives with America's Tribal Nations
In addition to our ubiquitous role in responding to and recovering from disasters and emergencies, FEMA also administers numerous grant programs aimed at increasing the capacity of the nation's emergency management system. Part of that administration is understanding the challenges our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners face when applying for and successfully accessing these grants. On today's episode, we'll talk with Pam Williams, assistant administrator for FEMA's grant programs directorate about FEMA's outreach initiatives with America's tribal nations, including three recent tribal consultations and how FEMA is working hard to improve our delivery of grants to tribal nations.
Nov 10, 2022
Episode 102: FEMA's National Advisory Council
The National Advisory Council, or NAC, consists of 35 members representing a wide range of geographic and professional backgrounds and is tasked with advising the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC held its first meeting of this year, in June, in Boise, Idaho. Members shared progress reports from the equity working group as well as from the subcommittee on Workforce Climate and Readiness. They also took part in a FEMA leader panel discussion and a wildfire panel discussion and engaged in conversation with the FEMA Administrator on the Council's future direction. On this episode, we turn it over to our colleagues from FEMA Region 10, which includes Idaho, who spoke with several members of the Council, as well as the FEMA Administrator - Deanne Criswell, to discuss the importance of the NAC and how the field of emergency management is changing to meet the challenges of the future.
Oct 27, 2022
Episode 101: 100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This tragic event inspired numerous changes in fire policies throughout the nation. On this episode we talk with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, the U.S. Fire Administrator about all things fire prevention on this 100th observation of the Fire Prevention.
Oct 13, 2022
Episode 100: "Partner Voices" from the Resilient Nation Partnership Network
Investing in partnerships is critical to increasing the nation's resiliency. The 'Resilient Nation Partnership Network' released the Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience Resource in April, the result of a significant collaboration by 26 partners across the fields of equity and resilience. On today's episode, we're going to highlight an audio series is called 'Partner Voices', where we hear from four diverse leaders focusing on equity and resilience.
Sep 15, 2022
Episode 99: FEMA’s New Mobile App
As we kick off National Preparedness Month, we're discussing the new and improved FEMA mobile app and discussing how it can provide crucial information to keep communities informed before, during, and after disasters.
Sep 01, 2022
Episode 98: Building Resiliency Using Strong Building Codes
The launch of the National Initiative to Advance Building Codes and implementation of the FEMA Building Codes Strategy have created an opportunity to discuss building codes and their importance for creating a more resilient nation. In this episode, we will discuss “resilience” through the lens of building codes and the potential impact of the National Initiative and the FEMA Building Codes Strategy.
Aug 18, 2022
Episode 97: Colorado’s Marshall Fire Donations and Resource Center
On this episode, we’re highlighting the State of Colorado and their successful partnership with voluntary organizations to set up a donations management and resource center following the Marshall Fire that burned over 6,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County in late December 2021. The partnership is a shining example of how the public sector and voluntary organizations can come together to maximize assistance to those in need.
Aug 04, 2022
Episode 96: 10 Year Anniversary of Wireless Emergency Alerts
In 2012, FEMA created Wireless Emergency Alerts to send alert and warning messages through the agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. On today’s episode, we’ll talk about the countless ways Wireless Emergency Alerts have saved lives with Antwane Johnson, who has led the program since the beginning.
Jul 21, 2022
Episode 95: The National Hurricane Program
On today's episode, we meet with members of the National Hurricane Program at the 2022 National Hurricane Conference to talk about how they work together to analyze forecast information and coordinate with emergency managers to assist them in making the best decisions to protect lives and property in their communities when hurricanes threaten.
Jul 06, 2022
Episode 94: Role of Faith Based and Community Organizations in Emergency Management
A successful disaster response depends of the partnership of the whole community, including the tremendous support of voluntary organizations and the faith community. On today’s episode, we explore how leveraging the many strengths of neighborhood partners can ensure success before, during, and after disasters.
Jun 23, 2022
Episode 93: Remembering Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary of the Storm
On this episode, FEMA remembers Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary of the storm by looking back at the impacts to the Mid-Atlantic and looking ahead to predicting the future effects of hurricanes in the region. We discuss how Hurricane Agnes shaped the field of emergency management and the how emergency managers today are still using lessons that were learned from the storm.
Jun 09, 2022
Episode 92: Heat Awareness Day and the Many Ways FEMA is Making Climate Resilience a Priority
Climate change represents a profound crisis for our nation. On today’s episode, with National Heat Awareness Day upon us, we talk with three experts from FEMA about the challenges of extreme heat and why FEMA has made Climate Resilience one of our top strategic goals.
May 26, 2022
Episode 91: Public Information in Emergency Management
On this episode, we sat down with two State Public Information Officers to discuss the importance of getting lifesaving information to the public during disasters. Greg Robinson, from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and Malary White, from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, highlight the challenges and successes they have seen during their careers as PIOs in the emergency management field.
May 12, 2022
Episode 90: National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell at the National Hurricane Conference
As hurricane season approaches, we sat down with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham at the National Hurricane Conference to discuss how the agencies collaborate to share vital weather and preparedness information during a storm.
Apr 28, 2022
Episode 89: An Equity Lens for Emergency Management
On this episode, we take a deep dive into FEMA's Strategic Goal #1: Instilling equity as a foundation of emergency management. We’ll talk with Associate Administrator Anne Bink about how FEMA is continually and deliberately choosing to use an equity lens in everything that we do.
Apr 14, 2022
Episode 88: An Interview with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell
In celebration of FEMA's 43rd Anniversary, we are relaunching the FEMA podcast by sitting down with Administrator Deanne Criswell to discuss her background, as well as agency priorities in the midst of expanding demands on the emergency management community.
Mar 31, 2022
Episode 87: A Message from Acting Administrator Bob Fenton
We sit down with Acting Administrator Bob Fenton to discuss going through leadership transition within the agency and how it impacts FEMA’s mission.
Jan 26, 2021
Episode 86: Oregon Wildfires - Benefit Brews
On this episode we talk to two Oregon based breweries, one owned by a wildland firefighter and another family operated, about how they are helping wildfire recovery through their craft.
Jan 12, 2021
Episode 85: Oregon Wildfires - Candy Christmas Tree
On this episode, we talk with Eric and Candice Page, Christmas tree farmers and residents of Marion County, Oregon, who are helping fellow Oregonians recover from the historic wildfires that burned throughout the state.
Dec 29, 2020
Episode 84: 2020 In Review, With Administrator Pete Gaynor
2020 was an unprecedented year filled with immense challenges for the nation. As an agency, FEMA responded to floods, severe storms, wildfires and a historic hurricane season – all while fighting the ubiquitous COVID-19 pandemic. In this week’s episode, we talk with FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor about the work FEMA has done, innovations and improvements we’ve made and the challenges we met head-on this year.
Dec 15, 2020
Episode 83: After the Disaster- How to Donate & Volunteer Responsibly
On this episode, we’ll talk to Stacy Lamb from Convoy of Hope & FEMA’s donations management lead Don Bonchack about what you should know to most effectively volunteer your time after a disaster or how to ensure your donation makes the greatest impact for those who need it the most.
Dec 01, 2020
Episode 82: Meeting Unmet Needs Through Disaster Case Management
For individuals affected by disasters, recovery can often be a daunting task. What people may not realize though is many times there are individuals who can walk you through that process, help you understand what your options might be and assist in finding resources to help you return to a new normally of life. On this episode, we'll talk to experts about disaster case management or recovery navigators who partner with survivors and provide much needed support to sort through the many facets of disaster recovery.
Nov 17, 2020
Episode 81: Oregon Wildfires - Disaster Survivor Assistance in Southern Oregon
On this episode, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor visits southern Oregon to view damage caused by historic wildfires that nearly destroyed small towns around the state, and we speak to a Disaster Survivor Assistance representative about her work with Spanish speaking survivors.
Nov 10, 2020
Episode 80: Tsunami Survivor Encourages Tsunami Awareness
In commemoration of World Tsunami Awareness Day, we speak to a tsunami survivor on her experience, work in tsunami education, and on the importance of tsunami awareness.
Nov 03, 2020
Episode 79: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
In September, FEMA announced an application period for $660 million is hazard mitigation grant funding for states, local communities, tribes and territories to be used on projects that will reduce future disaster losses and strengthen the nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness. On this episode we speak to two individuals leading the team within FEMA to offer the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant and discuss what the future holds for communities committed to reducing future disaster recovery costs.
Oct 20, 2020
Episode 78: ShakeOut 2020
Earthquakes can happen anywhere and at any time. And because an earthquake is considered a no notice incident—one that occurs unexpectedly or with minimal warning—it is even more important that everyone be prepared for what to do when one occurs. This year’s International ShakeOut Day will be held on October 15 when everyone is encouraged to practice the Drop, Cover, and Hold On response to an earthquake. On this episode, we discuss earthquake preparedness and what to expect during this year’s Shakeout.
Oct 13, 2020
Episode 77: FEMA and the SBA – Supporting Disaster Survivors
Perhaps FEMA’s closest partner in providing federal disaster recovery assistance is the U.S. Small Business Administration, the SBA. When a federal disaster is declared, the SBA is authorized to offer low interest loans to businesses of all sizes and to individual homeowners, renters, and private nonprofit organizations that have sustained damage in a disaster. On this episode, we sit down with the SBA to learn more about their programs, some misconceptions about disaster assistance and how the SBA and FEMA are working together every day to help Americans recover from disasters around the country.
Oct 07, 2020
Episode 76: Team Preparedness with a Disaster Resilient University
On this episode, we visit the University of Oregon campus to talk to members of a network that is dedicated to improving disaster preparedness in higher education. Featured speakers include Andre Le Duc, Chief Resilience Officer and Associate Vice President of Safety and Risk Services at University of Oregon, Amy Rasmussen, Emergency Manager and Business Continuity Manager at Pacific University, and Steve Charvat, Emergency Management Director at University of Washington.
Sep 23, 2020
Episode 75: 2020 National Preparedness Month - Flood Insurance
September is National Preparedness Month. While 2020 may feel different for many Americans, one thing remains the same – disasters can and will happen. In this episode, we sit down with Paul Huang from the National Flood Insurance Program to discuss how purchasing flood insurance is one easy way homeowners and renters can prepare for future disasters.
Sep 09, 2020
Episode 74: Agency Update - Hurricane Laura
Hurricane Laura made landfall last week in Louisiana and areas of Eastern Texas as a powerful category 4 storm. Causing widespread damage and destructions throughout the area. We check in with David Bibo, Associated Administrator for Response and Recovery about what disaster survivors can expect from FEMA as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and how the agency has been planning for storms just like Hurricane Laura since March.
Aug 31, 2020
Episode 73: Women in Emergency Management - Riding the Tides of Change
Back in early March, FEMA joined the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month. To commemorate the month, and to honor the contributions of the many women serving in Emergency Management, FEMA hosted a panel discussion on “Women in Emergency Management: Riding the Tides of Change.” On this episode, which airs on Women’s Equality Day, we go back to that conversation and hear from the four incredible women that participated in that panel about their candid thoughts on the early days of FEMA and emergency management and how women have and will shape the evolution of disaster response, recovery and preparedness. Featured on this episode are Kay Goss, former Associate Administrator in Charge of National Preparedness, Training and Exercises; Ms. Libby Turner, Federal Coordinating Officer; Ms. Jane Cage, Chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team; and Chauncia Willis, CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management.
Aug 26, 2020
Episode 72: Partnership Month 2020
For the past 5 years, in July, volunteers from around the country travel to FEMA Headquarters in Washington D.C. to celebrate Partnership Day. This year, like many celebrations and gatherings around the country, Partnership Day is a virtual – and longer – a month-long celebration. On this episode we speak with Greg Forrester, President and CEO at National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Geoff Plague from Feeding America, and Chris Smith from FEMA Individual Assistance Program about how collaborative work in disaster response and recovery is making a difference in the lives of disaster survivors ever day.
Aug 12, 2020
Episode 71: Gets A Redesign
FEMA’s website ( went through a major redesign. This is a critical step towards making our programs more accessible. On this week's podcast, we join FEMA's Office of External Affairs to talk about how the redesign will support FEMA's partners and disaster survivors.
Jul 29, 2020
Episode 70: FEMA and the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)- The civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by federally funded entities. To mark the 30th anniversary of the legislation, we sat down with the director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration, Linda Mastandrea, to hear about how emergency management has worked to serve people with disabilities over the last 30 years and how we're looking ahead in the COVID environment to ensure we're best serving all disaster survivors.
Jul 22, 2020
Episode 69: 40th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption
It was 40 years ago today that Mount St. Helens in Washington State erupted. Ash and steam poured out and avalanches of snow and ice thundered down the mountain's sides for two months, and then on May 18, 1980 the volcano blew its top. Fifty-seven people were killed, many others injured, and many buildings were destroyed. The huge blast of rock, ash and hot gases devastated an area about 230 square miles. Similar to our experiences of quarantining at home during the coronavirus pandemic, residents in many states also were confined to their homes. If they ventured outside, they would wear masks to protect themselves from the ash. This went on for several weeks. In this episode, FEMA speaks with current and former FEMA staff who experienced the eruption and subsequent ash that blew east into Spokane and Montana where our speakers lived. Chris Jonientz-Trisler, Volcanologist and retired-FEMA Division Director; Jay LaPlante, Region 10 Tribal Liaison; and Elaine Ike, former FEMA Community Relations Specialist, share their unique experiences.
May 18, 2020
Episode 68: FEMA Corps-The AmeriCorps Teams Supporting Disaster Recovery
On today’s episode, we celebrate AmeriCorps Week by highlighting one of our very own FEMA Corps teams. We sit down to discuss what the FEMA Corps program is all about and we talk about their important role in helping communities recovering from disasters.
Mar 11, 2020
Episode 67: Insights From A Mitigation Veteran
On this episode we talk with Mark Carey, who recently retired after 20 years of service with FEMA. Since 2007 he served as the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Division Director where he was responsible for the region’s hazard mitigation financial grant program, National Flood Insurance Program, Endangered Species Act compliance, Risk Analysis and Risk Reduction programs. Mark talks with us about the principles of hazard mitigation and how support for mitigation has evolved over time. He also shares his own experience and insight as a disaster survivor.
Mar 04, 2020
Episode 66: FEMA's Urban Search And Rescue Teams
On this episode we have the unique opportunity to talk with Evan Schumann, who is a program manager for Ohio Task Force One, one of the 28 teams in the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue system, about how these teams support disaster response operations in their home communities as well as around the nation.
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 65: Upgrading The Nation's Public Alert And Warning System
On this episode we talk with Antwane Johnson, director of FEMA's integrated public alert and warning program about this incredible capability and how these upgrades serve an important role in our nation's public safety and national security communications infrastructure.
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 64: Storing And Moving Commodities In Support Of Survivors Around The Country
On this episode, we take a tour of the FEMA Distribution Center located in Frederick, Maryland and dive into all aspects of the on-hand commodity mission, which stands always at the ready for when disaster survivors and communities need us most.
Jan 29, 2020
Episode 63: Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Respect: FEMA's Pub 1
On this episode we sat down with FEMA’s Administrator, Pete Gaynor to talk about how Pub 1 and these core values form the foundation of who we are, what we believe, and who we want to be.
Jan 22, 2020
Episode 62: Always Ready - FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Teams
On this episode we sit down with National IMAT lead, Tito Hernandez and Regional IMAT lead, Keith Denning, to dive into the unique nature of these Incident Management Assistance Teams from both the National and Regional perspective.
Jan 15, 2020
Episode 61: Trotwood Strong - A Story Of Recovery From The Ohio Memorial Day Tornadoes
On this episode we sit down with Trotwood Mayor, Mary McDonald, as well as Trotwood City Manager Quincy Pope and look back to how this community came together in the immediate aftermath to respond to and recovery from these extensive storms.
Jan 08, 2020
Episode 60: The FEMA Podcast - Favorite Episodes. Future Episodes. A Discussion With Our Hosts
On this episode, Minh Phan sits down with Mark Peterson, a familiar voice on the FEMA Podcast and FEMA Region V’s External Affairs Director. We’re going to take a step back and talk about the FEMA Podcast, what we’ve done so far, what we’re working on now, and where we hope to go.
Jan 02, 2020
Episode 59: The Gift Of Preparedness
During the holiday season, where we often offer gifts of appreciation to friends and family, we take the non-traditional approach of learning what preparedness-oriented items would make great gifts for friends or family members.
Dec 18, 2019
Episode 58: Helping Children Cope With Disasters
On the episode we talk with Lauralee Koziol, FEMA’s National Advisor for Children in Disasters and explore the ways FEMA is helping children prepare for and be ready to recover after natural disasters.
Dec 11, 2019
Episode 57: Furthering FEMA's Commitment To People With Disabilities And Older Adults
On this episode of the FEMA podcast we catch up with Linda Mastandrea, director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Chris Smith from FEMA’s Office of Response & Recovery and hear how the Agency has shifted its approach to serving the disability community since the 2017 disaster season, why that shift was undertaken, and how things have changed since.
Dec 04, 2019
Episode 56: Live From Silicon Valley And The FEMA Region Nine Disaster Innovation Forum
On this episode we catch up with leaders from Private Sector partners in Disasters to understand how we can all work together to leverage leading-edge technology and innovation to help support disaster survivors. Just a quick programming note before we get started. Today's episode includes a lot of interviews from FEMA’s Private Sector partners and nonprofits organizations talking about innovation solutions, specifically in the area of disaster response. FEMA does not endorse any nongovernmental organizations, entities or services.
Nov 27, 2019
Episode 55: Critical Infrastructure Security And Resilience Month
November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, and on today’s episode of the FEMA podcast, we’ll sit down with Brian Harrell, Assistant Director at the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to learn more about the vital role of critical infrastructure in keeping our communities safe and how each of us can contribute to the security and resilience of our nation’s most essential services and functions.
Nov 20, 2019
Episode 54: Tribal Mitigation - Improving Resiliency In Oregon
On this episode, we talk to attendees at the Northwest Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training and Conference in Portland, Oregon, about readying Tribal nations for catastrophic disasters through FEMA mitigation grant programs.
Nov 13, 2019
Episode 53: Veterans At FEMA
On today’s episode of the FEMA podcast, we’ll talk to FEMA veterans from each of the five branches of the military and learn more about their experience, the resources our Agency offers to support their success, and the unique but complementary transition that exists from active duty to a career in emergency management.
Nov 06, 2019
Episode 52: National Community Planning Month
October is National Community Planning Month - a nationally-recognized, American Planning Association (APA) led initiative that focuses on the importance of community planning and its impacts. National Community Planning Month ties into FEMA’s Strategic Plan. Efforts like this also highlight the work supporting the National Mitigation Investment Strategy by capturing the ongoing partnerships between planning and mitigation.
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 51: Hurricane Dorian - A Walking Tour Of The National Response Coordination Center
The National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) is the central hub of activities for the federal response to disasters and emergencies. Here we bring in representatives from across the federal government to coordinate the overall federal response and recovery. On this episode, we got a special walking tour of the NRCC from Josh Dozor, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for FEMA’s Response Directorate, just as we stood up in response to the potential effects of Tropical Storm and later Hurricane Dorian.
Oct 23, 2019
Episode 50: 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.
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 49: 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 Ward, to learn the key steps Millennials, specifically, can take to become financially prepared for any emergency crisis or storm.
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 48: 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.
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 46: '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 systematic shift in the culture of preparedness.
Sep 09, 2019
Episode 45: 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.
Aug 28, 2019
Episode 44: 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 disasters.
Aug 13, 2019
Episode 43: Live From The 8th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnership Conference In Washington D.C.
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.
Jul 30, 2019
Episode 42: 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.
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 41: 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.
Jul 02, 2019
Episode 40: PrepTalks - Amanda Ripley "The Unthinkable: Lessons from Survivors"
Today we're sharing a previously released PrepTalk with Amanda Ripley, who's a journalist and 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 indivduals become more decisive in an emergency.
Jun 11, 2019
Episode 39: Designing An Exercise For The Most Catastrophic Events
In this episode, we discuss the process of designing massive national level exercise 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 and how FEMA participates.
May 30, 2019
Episode 38: 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 with the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network to learn about the successes, tools, and growth of the network from eight to twenty-four communities.
May 21, 2019
Episode 37: FEMA And The Law Enforcement Community
On this episode we caught up with Roberto Hylton, the Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Engagement and Integration for FEMA, and talked with him about his team's mission to integrate emergency management and the law enforcement community and how those 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.
May 14, 2019
Episode 36: Resiliency: A Conversation With Dr. Dan Kaniewski
On this episode, Dr. Dan Kaniewski, FEMA's Deputy Administrator of 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.
May 06, 2019
Episode 35: 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.
Apr 24, 2019
Episode 34: Making “Cents” Out Of Disaster Financial Preparedness
In this episode we talk with Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of the Association for Financial Counceling & Planning Education (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.
Apr 09, 2019
Episode 33: Teaching Students How To Prepare For Emergencies And Disasters - STEP
FEMA created the Student Tools for Emergency Preparedness or STEP program, a curriculum for fourth and fifth grade students, to teach students how to prepare for emergencies and disasters and train them to become leaders in family preparedness. On this episode, we dive a bit deeper into how the program works and discuss how these efforts are helping move the needle of overall disaster preparedness in one FEMA region.
Mar 25, 2019
Episode 32: 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 information and resources to understand lifelines, coordinate with entities using lifelines, and serve as basic guidance for how to implement the lifelines construct during incident response. On this episode, we talked to Jeremy Greenburg from FEMA's Response Directorate about the lifelines concept and how the toolkit will be used to support all units of government in disaster responses.
Mar 13, 2019
Episode 31: The National Response Framework Gets An Update
As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, we're updating the National Response Framework, which serves as a national guide for how we as a country respond to all types of disasters and emergencies. On this episode of the FEMA podcast, we dive into the details of the update and how it will emphasize stabilization of critical lifelines and coordination across the critical infrastructure sectors.
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 1: Administrator Brock Long: A Look Back & The Path Ahead
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. 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.
Feb 19, 2019
Episode 30: 2018 Year In Review, With Administrator Long
On this episode, we caught up with FEMA Administrator Brock Long to discuss the monumental task of supporting recovery efforts from 2017 while responding to another historic disaster season in 2018. We also discuss the impact of the agency's Strategic Plan, lessons learned from recent events and recent groundbreaking legislation that will significantly impact the way the agency serves the American public going forward.
Feb 19, 2019
Episode 29: Faith And Community Partners
On this episode, Kevin Smith, director of the DHS center for faith and opportunity initiatives joins the FEMA podcast for a conversation on how FEMA partners with faith based and community groups before, during and after disasters. We talk about how FEMA is looking to its nongovernmental partners to help shape a national culture of preparedness, but also to help make America more resilient in the face of disasters.
Dec 11, 2018
Episode 28: DRRA - Transformational Legislation For Emergency Management.
On October 5, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. FEMA worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event. On this episode we caught up with Jessi Nalepa, Director of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs for a conversation about what is included in this landmark legislation. (Host: Mark Peterson; Featuring: Jessi Nalepa).
Nov 20, 2018
Episode 27: My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI): Teaching Preparedness To America's Youth
FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities, by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. We discuss with individuals who are helping youth become part of this initiative throughout a program called My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI).
Oct 10, 2018
Episode 26: Beatrice, Nebraska – A Successful Disaster Mitigation Story
A discussion with some experts in mitigation and review an actual example of how mitigation is preventing risk to lives and property in the City of Beatrice, Nebraska during flooding events.
Oct 10, 2018
Episode 25: EAS WEA Test
On October 3rd, 2018 at approximately 2:20 PM eastern time, FEMA will conduct a national test of the integrated public alert and warning system. This national system which includes the emergency alert system and the wireless emergency alerts will provide authenticated emergency information from emergency officials to the public through radio, television, cellular phones and some internet applications. We sat down with Antwan Johnson, the director of the integrated public alert and warning program at FEMA headquarters, to help explain what people can expect from the test and why it's an important step in developing a more prepared nation.
Oct 02, 2018
Episode 23: National Preparedness Month – Disasters Happen. Prepare Now, Learn How.
On this episode, we spoke to Matt Lyttle from FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division about some key areas of preparedness.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 22: Surge Capacity Force
In the aftermath of a catastrophic event, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turns to its Surge Capacity Force, a cadre of federal employees who help affected communities by supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) urgent response and recovery efforts. The Surge Capacity Force is made up of federal employees from every department or agency in the federal government.
Aug 29, 2018
Episode 21: National Flood Insurance Program 50 Year Anniversary
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) turned 50 years old this month and has seen its fair share of growth and noteworthy achievements to become what it is today. In this episode of the FEMA Podcast, we discuss the program with Carl Cook and Chuck Steele, both founding employees and program leaders of the NFIP. In this interview they discuss what it was like in the early days of the program and how they worked to grow the program and involve communities.
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 17: From The Bottoms To A Bluff
After 15 feet of floodwater inundated Valmeyer, Illinois in 1993, the town knew they wanted to revive the community, but in a smart, resilient way. On this episode, we talk to former Valmeyer mayor, Dennis Knobloch, and long-time local, Lucy Engbring, to learn how a community of determined residents and city leaders successfully moved their entire town two miles away, and 400 feet in the air.
Aug 03, 2018
Episode 18: Living History - How Two Devastating Disasters Changed Iowa And The Nation For The Better
The summers of 1993 and 2008 have one thing in common: Historic, devastating floods. The state of Iowa was severely impacted by both events. John Miller had a unique, front-row seat to both disasters – first as a FEMA Regional Administrator who oversaw the agency’s role in much of the 1993 flood recovery for four Midwestern states – and then as a local official for Black Hawk County, Iowa in 2008 when floods would again devastate the state. Hear his unique perspective of how two events, 15 years apart, caused changes to better protect lives and property, and the steps others can take to continue forging a more resilient nation.
Jul 31, 2018
Episode 19: 10 Years After Disaster - The University Of Iowa Stands Tall In Flood Protection
In the summer of 2008, the University of Iowa suffered a disaster beyond imagination. The usually scenic Iowa River that winds through campus became a formidable enemy to the state’s largest higher-education institution when it raged beyond its banks to historic flood levels, damaging more than 22 campus buildings. The university had to move quickly – not only to stay in business but to begin what would become an eight-year journey of recovery. University Architect Rod Lehnertz, who led the campus restoration, tells that story of recovery, the lessons learned and how the university is fighting back to minimize the impact of future floods.
Jul 31, 2018
Episode 20: 10 Years After Disaster - A First-Hand Look At Iowa's Historic Flood Recovery
In the summer of 2008, much of the state of Iowa was under siege from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. As a result, 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties were designated for federal disaster assistance. Beth Freeman experienced the 2008 flooding first-hand when her community of Cedar Rapids was devastated. She then went on to oversee FEMA funding for thousands of recovery projects throughout the state. Hear her story and how a decade of resilient actions has better prepared Iowa for future disasters.
Jul 31, 2018
Episode 16: Disaster Planning
On this episode, Josh Dozer, Director of the Planning and Exercise Division at FEMA Headquarters, joins the podcast for a look at how FEMA, and its partners, plan for a variety of disaster and emergency scenarios, including some you would expect, but others you might be surprised by. From hurricanes, to space weather, or tornadoes to Ebola - this episode of the FEMA podcast is all about disaster planning.
Jul 31, 2018
Episode 15: 28 Years Of The ADA
This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is 28 years old and FEMA remains committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to its programs and the programs we coordinate during disasters. This week we discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act with Linda Mastandrea, FEMA’s Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC).
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 14: Roundtable Discussion Live At The Youth Preparedness Council Summit
FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities, by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The YPC supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage young people by taking into account their perspectives, feedback and opinions. On this episode of the FEMA Podcast, we sit down with members of the Council at the 2018 Youth Preparedness Council Summit to get their perspective on the importance of youth preparedness in America.
Jul 18, 2018
Episode 13: Waverly, Indiana – Transforming A Community With Vision, Determination … And Mitigation
How do you move a whole town out of harm’s way while preserving the town’s history and keeping it as a functional community space? For more than 100 years, a small riverside town in Waverly, Indiana, endured repeated flooding. By 2005, state and local officials began to address the problem, and over the last decade the community has transformed into a living history park with restored and reclaimed historical structures, added walking paths, canoe/kayak portage sites, and other amenities. We visited this transformed landscape to learn more about the FEMA hazard mitigation grants and additional state, local, and private sector funding that was used to acquire properties in the floodplain. Property owners voluntarily sold their property so the land could be returned to open space, reducing the amount of emergency response resources that are required during flood events in Morgan County.
Jul 10, 2018
Episode 12: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training teaches important life skills to that help individuals and communities better prepare for disasters or large events they may encounter.
Jun 25, 2018
Episode 11: Flood Insurance- Mandatory Purchase Requirement
Homes and businesses in high-risk flood areas with loans, including mortgages, from federally regulated lenders are required to have flood insurance. This is called a “mandatory purchase requirement” under the National Flood Insurance Program. On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we discuss this requirement in more detail and explain who is and who is not required to buy flood insurance.
Jun 19, 2018
Episode 10: Closing The Insurance Gap
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. To understand the idea of closing the insurance gap, we sat down with David Maurstad, FEMA’s assistant administrator for federal insurance, to discuss Administrator Long’s vision for equipping Americans with the knowledge and the call to action to financially prepare for disasters.
Jun 12, 2018
Episode 9: Hurricane Hunters
We catch up with the brave men and women of the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters. Major Nicole Mitchell, who is a meteorologist with the hunters, gives us a tour of the aircraft and discusses what it’s like to fly right through the most intense parts of a hurricane.
Jun 06, 2018
Episode 8: Conversation With Andy Neal, Chief Actuary Of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
FEMA’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 – the “Sammie”. On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we talk with Andy Neal about the process of diversifying the NFIP’s risk through reinsurance, and what the Sammie Nomination has meant for his program.
May 29, 2018
Episode 7: Conversation With Ken Graham, Director National Hurricane Center
Ken Graham is the Director of NOAA’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.
May 21, 2018
Episode 5: Immersed In Mitigation
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.
May 08, 2018
Episode 2: 1997 Floods: East Grand Forks Minnesota, From Tragedy To Resilience
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’s population had to be evacuated due to the rapidly rising waters. 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.
Apr 13, 2018
Episode 3: Severe Weather Time In The Midwest
Iowa and Nebraska emergency management discussing preparedness measures ahead of severe weather with FEMA Region VII
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 4: Earthquake Preparedness
Cheickh Koma of FEMA and Jeff Briggs, the Earthquake Manager for the State of Missouri discuss Earthquake and New Madrid history and preparedness.
Feb 22, 2018
Episode 24: One Year Look Back On The Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts
A year ago, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and since that time, FEMA, and numerous federal partners and the government of Puerto Rico have undertaken one of the largest post disaster reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in U.S. history. Major portions of the island’s infrastructure are being rebuilt as federal agencies support the government of Puerto Rico's plan to restore the island's lifeline systems, and enable Puerto Rico to withstand the storms to come. Never before has FEMA coordinated federal resources to rebuild an entire Commonwealth with a population of 3.3 million people, 78 municipalities, electrical, water and telecommunication systems, seaports, airports, schools, healthcare systems, roads and bridges. Overall, in 2017, hurricanes, Irma, Maria, and other disasters affected nearly 47 million people throughout the United States. While recovery continues, FEMA and its interagency partners remain focused and dedicated to continued stabilization and resilience of impacted communities. Mike Byrne, one of FEMA’s most qualified federal coordinating officers deployed soon after Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico to help lead the coordination of the federal government support. On this episode we spoke with Mike Byrne about his experience over the last year and how he sees the status of recovery in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria made landfall.
Jan 01, 1970
Episode 47: 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.
Jan 01, 1970
Episode 6: Making "Cents" Of Disasters
Did you know more than 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, making it extremely difficult to recover from an emergency—whether it is a natural disaster or a broken water heater? 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.
Jan 01, 1970