Disaster Tough Podcast

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The Disaster Tough Podcast is for emergency managers, by emergency managers. We share stories, lessons learned, and tips to help you make informed decisions. Our host, John Scardena is a former Federal Emergency Response Official with Type 1 response experience. He now leads Doberman Emergency Management, from which this is being recorded. Our guests are also field experts who provide their insights in our conversation based podcast.
Discussions with emergency managers revolve around the entire disaster life-cycle. We provide solutions based on training and backed by data. We share experiences of emergency response and identify the lessons learned through our own version of after action reporting. This is conversation mode activated. We are known for flipping from serious to humor without warning. Try to keep up in our weekly podcasts!
About Doberman Emergency Management. We provide customized plans, mitigates hazards, delivers training, and supplies emergency products to meet the unique needs of clients. We identify and solve the Nation’s most complex incidents. That’s our job.

Episode Date
#127 A Look Back at National Preparedness Month & EM Weekly Preview - Discussion with Zack Borst, New Host of EM Weekly
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It's been said, "If some is good, more is better."

That statement has never been more true than right now in The Readiness Lab as their lineup of entertaining and informative content continues with the reboot of the EM Weekly Podcast.

This week, EM Weekly's new host, Zack Borst returns to the Disaster Tough Podcast for a discussion about the updated format. In this episode, Zack and Disaster Tough host, John Scardena also look back at the happenings of the month of September as it pertains to the world of Emergency Management.

From Hurricane Ian in the Gulf of Mexico, to wildfires in California, September is usually a busy month for Emergency Managers around the country.

Zack and John discuss what can be done to be ready for those situations, and how to make sure that citizens are informed and prepared as well.

Also, stay tuned to the end for information about a special product giveaway thanks to our sponsor, Sawyer Products.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

Sawyer Products offers the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from water filtration systems to insect repellents. So, if you’re at work, at home, or at play- make sure you check out Sawyer at sawyer.com
Sep 27, 2022
#126 The Hoosier Approach to Readiness in Clark County, Indiana - Interview with Gavan Hebner
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Gavan Hebner may be "Midwestern Nice", but his approach to readiness has the Emergency Management Department in Clark County, Indiana ahead of the curve instead of finishing last.

Gavan is Clark County's Director of Emergency Management. As such, he oversees readiness efforts for large events such as the Annual Aviation Heritage Air Show, collaborates with and offers support for neighboring agencies such as those involved with Emergency Management efforts connected to the annual Kentucky Derby just across the border, and keeps his department ready for whatever day to day events may occur locally such as flooding, tornadoes, and other incidents.

In this episode, Gavan talks about some of the things he and his colleagues are doing to stay ahead of the curve such as drone implementation and continued high-level training, along with what they are doing to build and maintain cohesion with their various partner agencies such as Police, Firefighters, and other first responders.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

Sawyer Products offers the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from water filtration systems to insect repellents. So, if you’re at work, at home, or at play- make sure you check out Sawyer at sawyer.com
Sep 20, 2022
#125 Rising to the Readiness Occasion at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport - Interview with Michael Rega, Emergency Planner
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“Rising Again” is the motto for the City of Atlanta. That motto definitely applies to the level of readiness at the city's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

This week’s guest, Michael Rega is one of the many people responsible for making sure the airport not only remains at such a high level of readiness, but also continues to improve.

Michael has been an Emergency Planner at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport for the past couple of years. Along with that, he has worked as a paramedic in Atlanta for more than a decade.

In this episode, Michael discusses what he and his staff do to continue their heightened level of readiness at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport and the effect on the world of travel that a disaster on site would have.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

Sawyer Products offers the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from water filtration systems to insect repellents. So, if you’re at work, at home, or at play- make sure you check out Sawyer at sawyer.com
Sep 13, 2022
#124 Preparing For The Good - Commentary by Disaster Tough Podcast Host John Scardena
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In this episode, John shares insights into becoming and remaining a highly accomplished emergency manager. He breaks down five key areas that emergency managers can do in order to achieve greatness. His experience as a Chief Executive Officer at Doberman Emergency Management Group, along with his leadership experiences in the public and private sectors has provided him with experiences to analyze how people can achieve more in their careers.

The Disaster Tough Podcast supports National Preparedness Month by helping emergency managers prepare for the good - in their careers. Below are the five (5) key areas that John focuses on during the show.

The five areas that will help you as an emergency manager accomplish more in your career are:

1.) Prepare for opportunities through acquiring knowledge
2.) Identify and focus on your talents
3.) Be a team player
4.) Be a risk taker
5.) Evaluation process: intelligence, high personal moral code, and ambition

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

Sawyer Products offers the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from water filtration systems to insect repellents. So, if you’re at work, at home, or at play- make sure you check out Sawyer at sawyer.com
Sep 06, 2022
#123 The Hurricane Harvey Deployment with Super Storm Sandy GIUL & GIS Expert James Dewar - Episode 20 Replay
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Having both deployed to Hurricane Harvey and leading the geospatial efforts for this record breaking event, John Scardena and James Dewer talk about their experiences responding to catastrophic disasters. Utilizing the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey to set the stage, we talk about Hurricane Laura, Super Storm Sandy, innovation in emergency management, and lessons learned for other emergency managers.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.
Aug 30, 2022
#122 "The Philly Special" - EM Style - Interview with Director Dominick Mireles of Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management
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In February 2018, the term "Philly Special" went down in history for football fans everywhere as the now iconic trick play caught the New England Patriots completely unprepared and helped propel the Philadelphia Eagles to their first World Championship.

That same month, Dominick Mireles was promoted to Deputy Director of Operations in the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management. Now as Director, Dominick is working every day to make sure that the approach to readiness and emergency response is truly special in the City of Philadelphia.

Dominick was recently involved in a full scale exercise with Task Force 46 which gave Military personnel, Emergency Managers, and First Responders a chance to work together and collaborate on response efforts.

In this episode, Dominick talks about the exercise, while also emphasizing the importance of first hand experience in Emergency Management and response, while not dismissing the opportunity for those new to the field to learn on the job and thus improve their abilities in times of crisis.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.
Aug 23, 2022
#121 The Best Training in Emergency Management - Interview with Chief Walt Lewis & Zack Borst
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The key components of an After Action Review include analyzing the following: What happened, why did it happen, and how can it be done better going forward.

Experienced Emergency Manager, Zack Borst, along with Orlando District Fire Chief Walt Lewis are no strangers to this concept.

As two of the major contributors to The Readiness Lab’s recent certification, The Readiness Lab’s recent training and certification, “Emergency Management Response for Dynamic Populations” in Atlanta, Zack and Chief Lewis join this week’s episode to recap what many students and instructors have described as a memorable week for the future of Emergency Management exercises.

In this episode, Zack and Chief Lewis share stories from “Attack at the Stadium” and describe how they and others involved in the various fields of disaster response will be able to benefit going forward from what they learned.

The next certification for Emergency Management for Response for Dynamic Populations begins November 29th, 2022.

Sign up now at: www.thereadinesslab.com/dynamic-populations

Overview:
This course was created by field proven, emergency management subject matter experts. It was designed to push you into innovation, broaden your understanding, and test your ability to lead in a disaster.

Emergency Management Response for Dynamic Populations dives deep into organizational style emergency management, also referred to as ‘civilian military operations’ by the Department of Defense. As such, you are responsible for coordinating strategic actions during the most complex style of emergency management response.

You will address the protection of life, property, and continuity of operations as an organizational representative, rather than a government representative with the legal authorities to act. This course will induce the stress of decision making and coordination. You will return to your organization as an enhanced, ’Next Level,” emergency manager.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.
Aug 16, 2022
#120 The Recipe for Quality Emergency Management - Interview with Rachell Laucevicius
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The slogan on a popular restaurant chain says that the better the ingredients, the better their food tastes.

According to this week’s guest on the Disaster Tough Podcast, Rachell Laucevicius, the same can be true for Emergency Management. For example, the better the coordination, collaboration and communication, the better your response to a disaster turns out to be.

Rachell is currently a Crisis Manager at L3 Harris Technologies. She also has experience working in Emergency Management with the Florida Department of Public Health, along with many years of work with the military and veterans.

In this episode, not only does Rachell break down the recipe for quality emergency management and response, but also throws in some bonus ingredients to explain what makes a quality Emergency Manager.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.
Aug 09, 2022
#119 The Little Wiggles of Hurricane Season - Interview with National Weather Service Director, Ken Graham
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Summer may be winding down, but Hurricane Season is still in full swing.

With more storms being named each year than ever before, it is important to make sure we are able to identify when it is important to be worried, and when not to be.

Director Ken Graham of the National Weather Service joins the Disaster Tough Podcast this week to talk about just that using a method he calls, “Little Wiggles”.

Director Graham believes having the most recent and advanced data possible helps professionals like himself and his colleagues better track and predict what storms are going to do. As such, they can better distinguish between movements or “little wiggles” in a storm that are cause for concern, versus movements that are just part of its natural progression.

In this episode, Director Graham dives further into this concept, and shares experiences of how it is effectively applied in disaster readiness and emergency management.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.
Aug 02, 2022
#118 EM Kings of New York - Interview with Steven Kuhr & Kelly McKinney
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Multiple points of view can be helpful in many walks of life. Especially when you have two of of the country's foremost experts in Emergency Management on the same show together!

This week's episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast brings back Steven Kuhr and Kelly McKinney for a double-shot of Emergency Management wisdom.

Steven Kuhr is an experienced Emergency Manager with more than 25 years’ experience in New York and Colorado. From the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the devastating 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Steven has worked side by side with the frontline workers of almost every major type of disaster.

Meanwhile, Kelly McKinney is a longtime Emergency Manager and professional engineer who currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Emergency Management + Enterprise Resilience for NYU Langone Health. He has also led Emergency Management teams for the American Red Cross and the New York Office of Emergency Management working in the aftermath of such disasters as 9/11, Super Storm Sandy, among others.

Recorded in late June, this episode featuring the "EM Kings of New York" gives us a look at how both of these renowned experts in the field use their breadth of knowledge to be prepared for whatever might happen during the summer season when more people are out and about.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jul 26, 2022
#117 The Value of Education in Emergency Management - Interview with Dr. Jeff Stern, FEMA EMI
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A philosopher once said, “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.”

There are few places where this statement is more true than at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

This week’s guest, Dr. Jeff Stern is the Superintendent of FEMA EMI.

Dr. Stern brings more than 3 decades of experience in the Emergency Management and response fields to this position, having previously served in leadership roles at the local, state and federal levels including presidential appointments as a White House Fellow at the Department of the Interior and the White House Homeland Security Council.

In this episode, Dr. Stern discusses the value of continued education and training in Emergency Management and how the FEMA EMI is working to create systems, programs and curriculum that keeps students at the forefront of how the field is growing and evolving.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jul 19, 2022
#116 Readiness in the Eye of the Storm - Interview with Jamie Rhome
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The late comedian Robin Williams once said, “Hurricanes are getting bigger and bigger, yet they usually give them names that don’t inspire fear.”

While the names of hurricanes may not always be intimidating, not knowing where it's going, what it can do, or how to be ready when the storm hits is an extremely worrisome place to be.

This week’s guest on the Disaster Tough Podcast, Jamie Rhome, knows this well.
Jamie is the Interim Director of the National Hurricane Center. He is also a certified meteorologist and considered one of the nation’s foremost subject matter experts on storm surge.

He has put that expertise into practice on the national level, working as a scientific policy analyst under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

In this episode, Jamie talks about how to be ready for and mitigate the effects of a hurricane or tropical storm. He also discusses how agencies can better work together in their response to such situations.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jul 12, 2022
#115 Shedding Light on “Operation Lights Out” - Interview with Jessica Kindig
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“Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there's feedback,” said prominent writer, Malcom Gladwell.

This was the idea behind the recent three-day exercise held in Indiana called “Operation Lights Out”.

The exercise involved Emergency Managers from various entities in the Hoosier state along with officials from FEMA including this week’s guest, Jessica Kindig.

Jessica is the Emergency Management Coordinator for IUPUI and served as the main organizer for “Operation Lights Out”.

In this episode, she recaps the exercise, the lessons learned, the improvement that was seen over the three days, and where the various Emergency Management entities in Indiana hope to go from here.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jul 06, 2022
#114 Emergency Management on Campus - Interview with Debbi Fletcher
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“A boring day is a good day” is a mantra that campus Emergency Managers like Debbi Fletcher live by every day.

Debbi joins the Disaster Tough Podcast from Indiana University in Bloomington where she is the Director of Emergency Management and Continuity.

She brings more than a decade’s worth of experience to the field from the campus side of things along with the government perspective in her previous role with the City of Indianapolis.

In this episode, Debbi discusses the differences between Emergency Management on campus and off. With multiple IU facilities under her watch throughout the state, Debbi also discusses the differences in response and coordination depending on where the situation occurs.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jun 29, 2022
#113 Lightning in a Bottle: Drones for Good - Interview with Chief Funkhouser
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Lightning in a Bottle: Drones for Good - Interview with Chief Eric Funkhouser

“Work smarter, not harder,” is a saying that has been inspiring productivity for nearly 100 years.

Chief Eric Funkhouser of the Bargersville Community Fire Department in Indiana has been doing just that for the better part of the past decade using drones in their rescue operations.

As one of the first departments with a drone operation in the entire State of Indiana, the Bargersville Community Fire Department has become a model to follow for similar organizations around the country when it comes to drone operations in search and rescue and disaster response.

Chief Funkhouser believes drones can save considerable time and money in disaster response and search and rescue operations. In this episode, Chief Funkhouser shares compelling stories of this belief in practice both in his jurisdiction and those nearby.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jun 21, 2022
#112 Readiness Before Regret: What You Need to Know - Interview with George Siegal
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Granite countertops, or proper safety precautions for your home? These are the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast featuring filmmaker George Siegal.

George is responsible for the acclaimed documentary, “The Last House Standing” which explores why homes are still being built that CANNOT withstand the effects of a hurricane, fire, or tornado, despite the technology existing to do so.

Recently, George spent time at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando where he partnered with The Readiness Lab as the Official Media Partner.

In this episode, George discusses the various things homeowners can look for to make sure their homes are ready and safe for whatever disaster may arise.

In this episode, George discusses the various things homeowners can look for to make sure their homes are ready and safe for whatever disaster may arise.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Jun 14, 2022
#111 Ready for Summer, Ready for Hurricane Season - Interview with Meteorologist Greg Padgett
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As the weather warms, so does the need for readiness and awareness from those living in the potential path of a hurricane.

Hurricane Season in the United States spans from June 1 to November 30, and in an effort to promote readiness for this potentially perilous time, experts from all over the world have traditionally joined together at the National Hurricane Conference, and this week’s guest, Greg Padgett is one of the people responsible for that.

Greg is an award-winning meteorologist who serves as one of the main organizers of the conference. The 2022 edition recently happened in April and in this episode, Greg and John recap its many highlights.

Greg also talks about the future of hurricane readiness in the United States. Why do more major storms seem to be happening each year? What can be done to prepare and educate the public?

In this episode, Greg also shares his backstory and what led him to a career covering and analyzing major disasters such as hurricanes. He and John also look ahead to the 2023 National Hurricane Conference happening in New Orleans.
May 31, 2022
#110 Working with Search & Rescue - Conference Report
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Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

John looks ahead to The Readiness Lab's upcoming Emergency Management Response for Dynamic Populations Course being held August 1-5 in Atlanta and reflects on the SUSAR MSOC Conference of last week.

Emergency Management Response for Dynamic Populations

To register: thereadinesslab.com/dynamic-populations

Ben Franklin’s quote may be the best way to describe the experience that Disaster Tough Podcast host, John Scardena had at the recent SUSAR & MSOC Conference in Columbia, South Carolina where he was a featured presenter.

In this episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast, John recaps the many valuable lessons learned at the conference through collaboration with rescue workers, interactive training, and real-world scenarios presented by experts in the industry from all over the world.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com
May 24, 2022
#109 The Role of Tech in Emergency Management - Interview with Heidi Hessler
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Technology continues to make life easier in many walks of life and Emergency Management is no different.

Over the past decade, Heidi Hessler has been at the forefront of that effort as Co-Founder and CEO of Futurity IT. Their GIS and mobile enabled software tools aim to assist organizations in the way they communicate, coordinate and collaborate especially during disasters such as wildfires, floods or even training exercises where multiple organizations are involved.

In this episode, Heidi talks about some of those instances where effective communication and collaboration was aided by technology and data during a disaster. She also talks about the broader advantage of having more data available at your fingertips and how it can make the response efforts more effective

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
May 17, 2022
#108 Revamping Mass Messaging - Interview with Eddie Bertola
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When a child goes missing, time is of the essence. So, the quality of the information and effectiveness of its distribution is paramount.

Eddie Bertola, AMBER Alert Coordinator for California Highway Patrol understands this and in 2018, he began working to improve his state’s AMBER Alert plan.

Despite the ability to reach most citizens through their smartphones, Eddie and his team found that only a small fraction of those receiving the messages were able to access additional and vital information when using the link provided in the original AMBER Alert message.

After working for months with Community Outreach and Media Relations professionals, CHP launched the state’s first AMBER Alert Twitter Account. As a result, CHP saw a major increase in the percentage of people accessing AMBER Alert information with more than 98% of readers being able to receive the message in a matter of minutes and even comment or leave tips in real time.

Such success has set Eddie Bertola apart as THE subject matter expert in the field of mass messaging during times of emergency. He brings that wisdom and experience to this episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast, talking about how such innovation is possible for every agency through quality training, and a willingness to buy in and apply what is taught.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
May 10, 2022
#107 Small Town, Big Heart, and Big Readiness - Interview with Mayor John Morris III of White Castle, Louisiana
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When it comes to readiness for whatever emergency situation it may face, White Castle, Louisiana sets the standard very high!

The main reason for this is the constant effort of White Castle's Mayor, John Morris III. Mayor Morris has been in office since 2018. In that time, he has guided his town through efforts to get power restored after seven days during Hurricane Ida, among other things.

Mayor Morris believes in preparing for the worst and building relationships with surrounding communities and qualified leaders. He feels this is key to guiding and preparing White Castle for what disasters might be on the horizon, namely hurricanes.

Putting this belief into practice, Mayor Morris brought the entire Town Council to Florida recently for the National Hurricane Conference where they received high level training and were certified Hurricane Ready by FEMA.

In this episode, Mayor Morris talks about the advantages and challenges of being a full time mayor in a small but vulnerable community like White Castle. He also talks about the relationship that Emergency Managers and politicians can and should have in a time of crisis.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
May 03, 2022
#106 Coordination, Collaboration & Compassion in EM - Interview with Erica Bornemann, Director of Vermont Emergency Management
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It has been said, “Good people make good places.” The Office of Vermont Emergency Management must be a great place to work as long as it is run by the likes of Director Erica Bornemann.

Director Bornemann has been with Vermont Emergency Management for 16 years, starting out as a temp right out of college, and working her way up as an EM Planner, Program Specialist before becoming a Planning Section Chief and Chief of Staff of Vermont’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. She was appointed as Director of the department in 2017 by Governor Phil Scott and is the sitting President of the National Emergency Managers Association.

In this episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast, Director Bornemann talks about how good coordination and collaboration in times of emergency depend on good personal attributes such as kindness, compassion and empathy.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

We are proud to endorse L3Harris and the BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: L3Harris.com/ResponderSupport.

The Readiness Lab is trailblazing disaster readiness. Early access for the highly anticipated course emergency management response for dynamic populations is currently live. Think you have what it takes? Join us in Atlanta for an immersive experience. Space is limited to 40. Go to thereadinesslab.com/training to learn more.
Apr 26, 2022
#105 Oklahoma City Bombing Retrospective, Modern Domestic Terrorism & USAR - Interview with Joe Hernandez
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On the anniversary of the tragic Oklahoma City Bombing, we revisit the experiences of someone who was there as part of the USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team, Joe Hernandez. Hernandez is a subject matter expert who has responded to consulted on the USAR efforts involved in some of the most well known and devastating disasters in US history including the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, and others.

Since the tragic events of April 19, 1995 in Oklahoma City, the threat of domestic terrorism has only grown especially for emergency and disaster services. The attack on the United States Capitol Building on January 6th, 2021 and the federal response coordination surrounding the events of President Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration is one of the most recent events fueling this concern as the threat of violence was strong enough to cause swift reaction by law enforcement and military groups.

Whether it's a peaceful protest, turned riot, or indications of a national security threat... emergency managers and first responders must understand the complexities of response to keep all involved safe. Calling on his experiences to events such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, Joe Hernandez is able to walk us through the preparations that responding parties must consider.

This week, we revisit Joe's interview from 2021, as a way to honor the victims and rescue workers of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, and address ideas and practices that can reduce the threat and impact to life, property, and continuity of operations that modern domestic terrorism poses.

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Apr 20, 2022
#104 Data, Technology, & Human Experience: A Recipe for EM Success - Interview with David Mejia
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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data."

This quote from the great fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes would accurately describe the the Emergency Management philosophy of David Mejia.

David supports state and local governments during response efforts to major disasters including the COVID-19 Pandemic where he coordinated the effort to get millions of meals delivered to citizens and families in New York affected by or at risk of contracting the disease. He later spent time in Florida as part of the COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force.

David has also spent time in California coordinating with Cal OES during wildfire season, helping create an analytical tool for emergency response and recovery operations.

In this episode, David talks about the role data and technology have played in his career successes during times of crisis and how such analytics lead to better judgement calls on scene during disaster response. However, he also emphasizes the importance the human element when implementing it to the field of Emergency Management. David and John also address some of the "cringeworthy words" or clichés that Emergency Managers use way too often.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Apr 12, 2022
#103 Be Ready, Be Steady - Interview with Homeland Security Officer Sgt. Nick Golden
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As the Homeland Security Officer for the Atlanta Fire Department, Sergeant Nick Golden is very familiar with being "thrown into the fire" when it comes to handling Emergency situations.

In addition to his current role with the Atlanta Fire Department, Nick is a paramedic, certified law enforcement officer, and emergency manager.

Nick believes strongly in collaboration between agencies and professionals in situations of potential emergency.

In this episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast, Nick discusses how readiness and collaboration make response more effective. He also recounts experiences where being ready allows for steady leadership and effective response in times of crisis.

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Apr 05, 2022
#102 Master of the Preparedness Arts - Interview with The Preparedness Guy
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What's the difference between a doomsday prepper and a Master of the Preparedness Arts?

Practicality.

The Preparedness Guy is an Emergency Manager who looks to help everyone be practically prepared for anything, and does so by taking his vast knowledge of readiness to the masses online.

With thousands of followers on Instagram, his channel aims to educate everyone to prepare like pros and hence become Emergency Managers in their own homes and families.

Along with his work in Emergency Management, The Preparedness Guy also has experience as a combat medic, CBRN responder, and HAZMAT Technician.

In this episode, he not only talks about his Emergency Management work on Instagram and the inspiration behind it, but also how you don't have to be a "Doomsday Prepper" to be ready for anything.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Mar 29, 2022
#101 When You're, Training, You're Gaining - Interview with Dr. Stephen Johnson
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Subject matter experts never stop learning, hence the need to always train. That is the theme of this edition of the Disaster Tough Podcast featuring Dr. Stephen Johnson.

As a Defense and Security practitioner and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, & Nuclear) expert, Dr. Johnson wears many hats. He provides strategic advice, training and education on CBRN, explosives, counter terrorism, forensic science and intelligence.

He is also a professor at Cranfield University in the UK and has extensive experience in law enforcement and the British Army.

In this episode, Dr. Johnson talks about the role and value that continued training and education hold in the world of Emergency Management and readiness.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Mar 22, 2022
#100 Training and Experience Create Professionals - Interview with Col. Chris A. McKinney
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The old saying, “There is no substitute for experience” is especially applicable in the world of Emergency Management.

Col. Chris A. McKinney is the embodiment of this sentiment as he has been a part of many scenarios that would classify as "America's Worst Day".

He has responded to many of the well-known disasters of the past few decades including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the riots at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.

Along with his service in the military, Col. McKinney is an attorney and previously worked for the FBI.

In our 100th episode, Col. McKinney discusses the current situation in Ukraine along with best practices for maintaining your skills as an Emergency Manager including constant training and consultation with subject matter experts.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Mar 15, 2022
#99 Crushing the Minimum Standard - Interview with Public Information Officers: Connor Wist and Eric Hurst of South Metro Fire & Rescue
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At South Metro Fire & Rescue in Centennial, Colorado, firefighters go above and beyond to get the job done .This sentiment is evident throughout the entire department, including the public information officers.

“Crushing the Minimum Standard” is the motto of the Public Information Office at South Metro Fire & Rescue.

Connor Wist and Eric Hurst are the ones responsible for bringing this motto to life as they have mastered the art of using new media to get their Emergency Preparedness message to the masses.

Connor comes from the broadcast world as a former broadcast journalist and Eric has worked as a firefighter and dispatcher for the better part of the past two decades.

Together, their efforts to improve their messaging have paid off, as the South Metro Fire & Rescue YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and contains multiple videos with more than 1 million views.

In this episode, Connor and Eric discuss how they have achieved such success in appealing to the masses online, South Metro’s involvement in the recent Marshall Fire in Boulder, and effective Emergency Management messaging during times of disaster.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Mar 08, 2022
#98 Interview with Justin Pierce, EM Director of LAX
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A 30,000-foot view can be helpful when dealing with stressful situations like those found in the life of an Emergency Manager.

Justin Pierce knows this all too well. While his leadership is based on the ground, it is instrumental in to those in the air as well, as he is responsible for making sure that one of the world’s most well-known and well-traveled airports is ready for whatever disaster or dangerous circumstance may arise.

Justin’s brings nearly two decades of Emergency Management experience to the table. Prior to working at LAX, he worked for a variety of companies and government organizations in the Virginia and DC area including the Department of Homeland Security.

This week’s conversation covers a wide array of topics. From the logistics of working at a large airport like LAX, to effective Emergency Management at a large scale event such as the recent Super Bowl in Los Angeles, Justin gives advice on how Emergency Managers can effectively “fill their cups” with experience no matter how long they have been in the field.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Mar 01, 2022
#97 Team Up to Clean Up: Improving Emergency Cleanup & Response – Interview with Aaron Titus
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One of the most important elements of the response effort during a disaster is helping communities come together and work more effectively.

Aaron Titus has been working for the better part of the last decade to change the philosophy behind how various organizations respond to disasters and get the job done.

His online app, Crisis Cleanup, has been working to accomplish this for the better part of a decade.

In this episode of Disaster Tough, Aaron talks about the various methods of his philosophy used to accomplish this along with how communities can come together in times of crisis and work together to create better solutions and more effective cleanup efforts.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Feb 22, 2022
#96 Security and Emergency Management - Interview with Zack Borst
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“A jack of all trades is a master of none, though often better than a master of one.” While this quote dates back to the times of William Shakespeare, this week’s guest, Zack Borst is a modern embodiment of this adage as a generalist in the fields of Emergency Management, Intelligence and Security.

Along with his experience in the Emergency Management and Security fields, Zack is an expert in using video, photography and social media to communicate information in times of crisis. He has parlayed these skills into a podcast called, “Scuttlebutt”.

Zack currently works as an Intelligence Analyst with a wide range of experience including working at his alma mater, the University of Vermont in their Office of Emergency Management.

In this episode, Zack talks about what Emergency Managers should be doing now and in the future to be prepared for all scenarios, no matter where or when they may arise.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Feb 15, 2022
#95 Developing Strategic Vision in Emergency Management: Interview with Steven Kuhr
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Expecting the unexpected is a standard for Emergency Managers everywhere. No one may know this better than Steven Kuhr.

Steven Kuhr is an experienced Emergency Manager with more than 25 years’ experience in New York and Colorado. From the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the devastating 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Steven has worked side by side with the frontline workers of almost every major type of disaster.

In this episode of Disaster Tough, Mr. Kuhr recounts some of his experiences in the field and teaches how developing your strategic vision is vital for effective emergency management.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Feb 08, 2022
#94 Disaster Class Joins the Readiness Lab – Interview with Jason Perez & Wesley Long of Instinct Ready
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The Readiness Lab introduces the founders of Instinct Ready and stars of the Disaster Class Podcast, Jason Perez and Wesley Long.

Long and Perez are former EMS workers turned entrepreneurs whose company, Instinct Ready, looks to help people be more disaster tough through quality education.

In this episode, Jason and Wesley discuss their backgrounds, share experiences, and elaborate on what they hope to accomplish with their new Disaster Class podcast.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Feb 01, 2022
#93 The I-95 Snow Storm Disaster - Interview with VA Chief Regional Coordinator, Andy John
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On January 3, 2022, a major snowstorm pounded several Eastern states dumping more than a foot of snow in some places, stranding hundreds of drivers along I-95 in Virginia for more than 24 hours and leaving more than 300,000 people in the region without power.

As the Chief Regional Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Andy John was on the frontlines of the effort to get drivers safely off the road, and helping those who were left without power for multiple days.

On this week’s Disaster Tough Podcast, Andy shares his experiences from that day and the lessons in readiness learned for Emergency Managers and the public alike.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Jan 25, 2022
#92 Hospitals and EM - Interview with NYU Emergency Manager, Kelly McKinney
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Disaster Tough continues its strong start to Season 3 with Emergency Manager and Author, Kelly McKinney.

Kelly is a longtime Emergency Manager and professional engineer who currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Emergency Management + Enterprise Resilience for NYU Langone Health. He has also lead Emergency Management teams for the American Red Cross and the New York Office of Emergency Management working in the aftermath of such disasters as 9/11, Super Storm Sandy, among others.

In this episode, talks about Emergency Managers and Emergency Management systems and how they play a vital role in disaster and emergency response specifically in New York City and beyond.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Jan 18, 2022
#91 Leadership in Emergency Management Now and in the Future – Interview with Eric McNulty
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Disaster Tough kicks off Season 3 with an entertaining interview featuring author, speaker, and educator, Eric McNulty.

Eric is a Harvard professor who has been the Associate Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) for more than a decade. He is also the co-author of the bestseller, “You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Matter When it Matters Most”.

In this episode, we tap into Eric’s experience in leadership and how it applies to the EM world, together with the importance of readiness, data, and how public and private entities can better work together.

Doberman Emergency Management owns and operates the Disaster Tough Podcast. Contact us here at: www.dobermanemg.com or email us at: info@dobermanemg.com.

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Jan 11, 2022
#90 Disaster Tough After Action
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This episode has been archived. After our own after action, we determined that the content in this episode does not promote best practice, does not represent the facts, and does not help you become disaster tough. Please check out another episode for better information.
Dec 31, 2021
#89 Football & Christmas! Interview with Matt Hernandez
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Matt is no stranger to emergency and disaster services. Throughout his career in Military Service, working in hospitals, or now with technologies that improve social services - Matt is an excellent example of a heart full of service during Christmas. He is also familiar with having family members in emergency services, after all his father is Joe Hernandez, USAR subject matter expert and practitioner. Matt talks to us from both sides of the coin, as a son and as a practitioner, providing great advice for us to help others or those that may need an extra helping hand during the holidays.

We talk a lot about football during this episode. Matt is a former player and assistant coach for the US Army football team. He shares insights and examples of how we can deal with crisis mode vs routine mode in disaster.
Dec 24, 2021
#88 Interview with Dan Scott, Host of the EM Student Podcast
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The EM Student podcast brings interviews of academic and industry leaders to students who are new to the emergency management field, as well as emergency managers with an always-learning mentality by discussing the multifaceted nature of emergency management, including how other fields interact with EM and what skills are helpful to cultivate while navigating a career in the EM field.
Dec 17, 2021
#87 NATO VS US: An International Perspective on Emergency Management with Kyle King
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Kyle King is an expert at, “building more resilient communities and human capital at the intersection of crisis, conflict, and emergency management.” He has decades of experience with military and political organizations including those associated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Kyle and our host, John Scardena discuss the differences between the US and Europe perspective of emergency management and share ideas how each can benefit from identified best practice.
Dec 10, 2021
#86 USAR Recap: Chief Walt Lewis of Orlando Fire
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Previous episode with great content! Chief Walt Lewis serves on the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Florida Task Force 4 team and operates as a District Chief for Orlando Fire. Chief Lewis has been able to successfully combine forces with his emergency management counter-parts, looking at the fire perspective and coordinating other stakeholders of the disaster lifecycle.

In this episode we talk about leadership, firefighting and the culture of fire rescue, training, and incident command. As noted in the show, all groups that play a role within the disaster lifecycle should apply these principles of success, which highlights the need for cross-sector training and collaboration.

We want to provide a big thanks to Disaster Medical Solutions for inviting Doberman Emergency Management the the State Urban Search and Rescue skill based training conference. Joe Hernandez, C.E.O, is a great friend of the show and led a flawless conference. It is at this SUSAR conference that we met other powerhouse first responders and instructors , like Chief Lewis. Thanks again for the invite Joe!
Dec 07, 2021
#85 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks - Interview with the West Point Chair of Urban Warfare Studies, John Spencer
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John Spencer is the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies for the Modern War Institute at West Point. John is a researcher and subject matter expert for the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks. He is also the host of the Urban Warfare Project Podcast.
Nov 26, 2021
#84 Happy Thanksgiving! FEMA Administrator Brock Long Episode
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On our typical day of recording, we spent our time in New York City, supporting another webinar on The Readiness Lab- EM Speaks. They interviewed Pete Gaynor and Craig Fugate. We’re adding Brock Long to the conversation for a 3 dose FEMA Admin experience. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 22, 2021
#83 NOTICE: DISASTER TOUGH HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY MOVIE AAR
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Want us to review a specific movie or scene? Comment below! Movie: Twister Scene: Driving through tornadoes (water spouts and cows) This is our first episode of "MOVIE AAR" a show detected to the review of disasters that happen in movies from the perspective of professional emergency emergency managers. We talk about what's realistic and fake, what is happening in the disaster response, and share PSAs that will help you if you find yourself in a similar disaster. Sorry for the potato quality of audio during one of the clips! Best we could do during our, "pirate" episode. Movie Credit: Movie: Twister Warner Brothers Studio Hosts: John Scardena Patrick McGinn
Nov 12, 2021
#82 Amazon's IT Risk Management & Supply Chain Considerations: Interview with Andrew Owlett
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Conducting a business impact analysis, understanding the Global Supply-chain, and working in concert with technologies is an absolute necessity for the emergency manager of tomorrow. Amazon is a behemoth in the supply chain world and Andrew helps run their IT systems from the perspective of business continuity. He shares his thoughts on supply chain, data science, and how the pandemic has impacted business.
Nov 05, 2021
#81 Building Local Emergency Management Teams: Interview with Andrew Donawa
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Andrew Donawa has worked in local programs in the Carolinas, Nebraska, and most recently Iowa. He is an excellent resource on building emergency management programs and leading with an eye towards disaster risk reduction. Andrew builds disaster tough communities through leadership, training, working with stakeholders, and addressing the whole community.
Oct 29, 2021
#80 Injects! A Roundtable Discussion with State and Federal Partners in Indiana
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Jessica Kindig comes from Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security & Jeremy Swartz is the FEMA FIT lead assigned to Indiana. They work together as State and Federal partners to provide training.

In this episode, we talk about past exercises in Indiana, such as a long-term power outage caused by an EMP and talk about the need to include stakeholders in emergency management and coordination.
Oct 22, 2021
#79 The Next Level in Earthquake Planning: A Roundtable Discussion with FEMA Region's X, IX, IIIV
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The complexity of earthquake planning takes a wholistic approach because earthquakes can impact the full spectrum of emergency management practice (life, property, and continuity of operations). FEMA earthquake experts from Region’s X, IX, and VIII talk about what they are doing to plan for (and mitigate) these events.

This is truly a roundtable discussion and a great example of emergency management practice because our three guests are each experts and representatives for their FEMA Region, yet bring a different perspective to the topic of earthquake safety.

FEMA Region X: Amanda Siok is an urban planner
FEMA Region IX: Anne Rosinski is a geologist
FEMA Region VIII: Sean McGowan is an engineer

By bringing their unique perspectives to the table to FEMA earthquake mitigation, safety, planning, and recovery- they are each able to focus on different aspects of the topic while adding value as a whole, working together to reduce risk for the communities they serve.
Oct 15, 2021
#78 Thoughts on Preparedness - Interview with Kyle McPhee
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Kyle McPhee is the Director of Preparedness Programs at Hagerty. On this episode, we share insights on why preparedness must be a focus, how preparedness and the Pandemic have impacted the US perspective on preparedness, and review how emergency managers can build upon their own programs in order to become Disaster Tough.
Oct 08, 2021
#77 NATO & US Military Learn About Emergency Management - Presentation Recap with John Scardena
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“Traditional emergency management is dead!”

Utilizing notes from the NATO SEP presentation, here are five (5) areas the emergency manager of the future will do:
1. Create living plans that organize blue sky and gray sky operations
2. Work closely with stakeholders
3. Utilize technologies to predict and reduce disaster impacts
4. Mitigate, Mitigate, Mitigate- Before, during, and after the disaster
5. Understand FEMA's role vs your role (they may be very different).

Brick plans that sit on shelves are unacceptable. Resiliency is a component, NOT the solution. The goal is to create Disaster Tough Communities.
Oct 01, 2021
#76 Preparing Cities - Interview with Asher Morris
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Asher currently serves as the Emergency Preparedness Manager for the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

On this week’s episode, Asher discusses preparing major cities for all types of hazards and major events. He delves into the nuances of emergency preparedness at the local level. He also highlights the importance of leading through serving others first. Through his insights, we learn how to work more effectively within our respective communities as a whole.

[Asher’s comments and opinions are his own and do not represent an official statement from the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office.]
Sep 24, 2021
#75- Ashley Lauria-Golden is back with BIG NEWS!
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We welcome Ashley Lauria-Golden back to the show to discuss current happenings at Doberman EMG and life as a newly minted “emergency momager.” She shares her perspective on local emergency planning, and provides insight for those in the plan update process. From her time as a paramedic to serving in both local and state level emergency management roles, Ashley has experience working in the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of emergency management.
Sep 19, 2021
#74 Reflections of the 9/11 Ground Zero Response with Medical USAR Expert, Joe Hernandez
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9/11 Ground Zero Reflections

We welcome USAR expert Joe Hernandez back to the Disaster_Tough_Podcast for a special episode in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In the wake of the attacks, Joe and his USAR team were deployed to Ground Zero. Episode airs on all major podcast platforms.
Sep 11, 2021
#73 EM National Preparedness - Interview with FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor
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This is the Year of Repeat- with Hurricane Ida slamming into Louisianna on the aniversiy of Hurricane Katrina, Wildfires forcing thousands of evacuations in CA, a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, and now the rise of the terrorist group, the Taliban, in Afghanistan. This, "Year of Repeat," causes us to wonder how emergency managers should be preparing for future actions. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, and Former Acting Head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Pete Gaynor, comes on to share his insights with the emergency management community.

We also asked Pete about the Afghan Military Exit to shine some insight and perspective to emergency managers.
Sep 03, 2021
#72 How to Network in Emergency Management with John Scardena
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This week provides an update on emergency management actions in Doberman, from the perspective of networking and disaster response coordination. If you want examples of who to network in emergency management, this is the show for you! We also want to thank all of those emergency managers who collaborate with us to help others in crisis. Emergency managers who coordinate and collaborate get the job done!
Aug 28, 2021
#71 The National Strike Team & EM Operations - Interview with Ops Chief Tim Britt
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The Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) created the National Strike Team - 3 sets of emergency managers staged across the US to act in times of catastrophe. FEMA took on these teams and called them the National Incident Management Assistance Team (N-IMAT). Tim Britt is the Operations Section Chief on the Red team (formally known as N-IMAT West). Host John Scardena served with Tim on this team, they catch up and talk about future steps of the N-IMAT Program.
Aug 20, 2021
#70 The EM Student - Interview with Host Franzi Economy
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Hosted by Franzi Economy, the EM Student podcast works to bring interviews of industry and academic leaders by discussing trends, topics, and issues that affect emergency managers, first responders, military, higher education, public safety, communications, disaster volunteer organizations, public health, humanitarian groups, NGOs, professionals, students, and researchers.

The EM Student podcast is a part of The Readiness Lab, a network of podcasts owned and operated by Doberman Emergency Management.
Aug 13, 2021
#69 Collaboration in the Disaster Zone - Interview with host Eric Holdeman
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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.
Aug 06, 2021
#68 Emergency Management In the National Capitol Region - Interview with VDEM's Andy John
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The National Capitol Region is an interlocking complex web of jurisdictional boundaries and priorities. Success comes when emergency managers are able to identify who they role players are in their regional perspective of disaster management. Andy John is an expert practitioner at identifying and working with regional partners to find success through the Disaster Lifecycle. On this episode we discuss his role and responsibility in the emergency response of the January 6th riot attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Andy John has served in numerous emergency management capacities, including the National Strike Team. Since leaving FEMA, Andy has taken his skillset to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to lead regional efforts to create Disaster Tough communities.
Jul 30, 2021
#67 The Salvation Army Disaster Response Team - Interview with Director Patrick McGinn
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Expert emergency manager, Patrick McGinn serves as the Regional Disaster Services Director at The Salvation Army for all of Northern California and Nevada. He talks about his response experiences and shares lessons learned on emergency training exercises. Patrick also served the elite National Incident Management Assistance Team (N-IMAT West) for FEMA with our host, John Scardena.

Patrick is truly a well rounded emergency manager with both planning and operational experience. With his current role with The Salvation Army, he has developed axioms that push emergency managers to have a one-team, one-fight mentality.
Jul 23, 2021
#66 Qualifying Emergency Managers - Interview with FEMA's Kevin Coleman
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Kevin Coleman is an experienced Federal Response Official with years of experience and countless deployments to large-scale disasters. During the COVID-19 Federal Response, he worked on a joint agency taskforce to recommend and build federal capabilities around the county. In his day-to-day job, Kevin is working to improve the qualification process for FEMA's staff, including the approach and style of how emergency managers qualify for new and upcoming positions. He shares advice on how you can gain additional skills to be more qualified for future jobs.
Jul 16, 2021
#65 Surfside Building Collapse: Response After Action Review - Interview with Joe Hernandez
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The Miami Surfside Building Collapse Incident required local, state, and federal assets deployed as well as a complex system to support responders, family and friends of those missing, and potential survivors. This was an urban search and rescue operation with support across the emergency support functions.

Our host was invited and instructed at a USAR conference in May, many of the participants were deployed to this disaster. Joe Hernandez leads Disaster Medical Solutions, the group who put on the training- he self-deployed to support teams on the rubble pile. His perspective improves our next mission.
Jul 09, 2021
#64 State of Emergency - Interview with Todd DeVoe
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We have a BIG announcement this week! Make sure to listen in to find out what it is!

Todd DeVoe from EM Weekly returns to the show to talk about the major disasters that are happening right now, the potential hazards we face, and the need for greater mitigation.
Jul 02, 2021
#63 Miami Condo Collapse: Urban Search and Recue Sitrep - Interview with Joe Hernandez
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⛑ Operations are currently underway in Miami, FL. due to the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condo. Only a few weeks ago, Joe and his company, Disaster Medical Solutions hosted a medical urban search and rescue certification conference in Orlando. Several of the students & instructors are based out of Miami.

Joe walks us through actions they are taking, provide advice on next steps, and explains strategic level operational control.

The Disaster Tough Podcast and Doberman EMG are proud to support our USAR counterparts and hope for their success and safety in this major incident.

Mental First Aid:
A portion of our conversation involved addressing the need for mental first-aid for responders and their families who deal with catastrophic events, such as this building collapse. If you are experiencing high stress, or you have been involved with an incident- talk to someone about it (a friend, a relative, a professional). One of the most brave and tough things you can do is to seek help. If you're looking for an outlet of resources, please contact info@disastermedicalsoltuions.com or our podcast parent, info@dobermanemg.com. Do not hesitate to address this lifesaving, life-sustaining issue.
Jun 25, 2021
#62 Pulse Nightclub Shooting AAR - Interview with Incident Commander Chief Bryan Davis
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Chief Bryan Davis was called to respond to the active shooter in progress at the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Unlike other active shooter incidents, there was no question - this catastrophe was a terrorist attack. An attack on all Americans by a coward shooter who took hostages, remained on site for hours, and even called news stations. It was an active shooter like we haven't seen before. Chief Davis had to act swiftly and with precision to control the triage and life-saving mission for those impacted by the shooter. We talk about his experience on our show to help those in the field gain leadership skills in times of crisis.

Now, Chief Davis is focusing on another crisis- the impact of disaster on first responders. Keenly aware of these impacts, Chief Davis is an advocate to care for first responders and their families who experience catastrophic events.

If you have experienced a disaster, choose to be Disaster Tough by talking to someone about it, don't bottle it up. Processing these events in healthy ways allows us to keep doing our jobs. If you are looking for ways to manage and move on, please contact our show and we will point you in the right direction.
info@dobermanemg.com
Jun 18, 2021
#61 USAR & Emergency Management - Interview with Chief Walt Lewis
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Chief Walt Lewis serves on the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Florida Task Force 4 team and operates as a District Chief for Orlando Fire. Chief Lewis has been able to successfully combine forces with his emergency management counter-parts, looking at the fire perspective and coordinating other stakeholders of the disaster lifecycle.

In this episode we talk about leadership, firefighting and the culture of fire rescue, training, and incident command. As noted in the show, all groups that play a role within the disaster lifecycle should apply these principles of success, which highlights the need for cross-sector training and collaboration.

We want to provide a big thanks to Disaster Medical Solutions for inviting Doberman Emergency Management the the State Urban Search and Rescue skill based training conference. Joe Hernandez, C.E.O, is a great friend of the show and led a flawless conference. It is at this SUSAR conference that we met other powerhouse first responders and instructors , like Chief Lewis. Thanks again for the invite Joe!
Jun 11, 2021
#60 Utilizing Drones in Emergency Response - Interview with 'Fritz' Skydio's Head of Public Safety
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In this week's episode, tactical meets strategic. We talk about the use of small drones (sUAS) to support emergency services response operations, and the benefits, as well as after actions, of real-world use cases. We also explore the future of emergency managers, first responders, and humanitarians in this increasingly popular field and what you can do right now to get your own program off the ground. Today's guest, Fritz, developed the first small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) drone program for SWAT, which is now a complex and highly effective drone program. Fritz now leads Skydio's Public Safety Program. Likewise, our host John, created FEMA's first drone disaster response program. Fritz and John highlight what drones can do for you by comparing their experiences in tactical and strategic level operations. While these uses are different, their discussion points to the numerous benefits and hurdles associated with using small drones. Ultimately, drones enhance the capacity of emergency services.
Jun 04, 2021
#59 Saving Restaurants & Survivors Through Food Relief- Interview with Matt Cohen of Off The Grid
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In the world of COVID-19 and beyond, it's time to look at innovative solutions that overcome traditional disaster norms. One of those is a double-hitter by addressing food as emotional care for survivors, as well as, saving small local restaurants during times of crisis.
Small restaurants are particularly vulnerable to disasters. Between supply chain rout interruptions lack of business from the local community, and staffing constraints- restaurants fail too often in disaster. Ironically, by focusing on the business continuity of restaurants, we also help survivors by providing delicious meals, made by culture of local cuisine. We know that great food, packed with nutrients can counteract the impact of emotional trauma of environmental chaos. Thus, if we focus on creating relationships with the local food community to build business continuity and use their resources to support survivors- we now save two groups. A win-win for emergency services.

Learn more about Off The Grid's mission and strategy to save local restaurants and provide emotional care to survivors by visiting www.offthegrid.com
May 28, 2021
#58 FEMA's Pandemic Response - Interview with the National Vaccination Coordinator Joe Dellamura
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Vaccination sites, supply-chains, and innovation - Joe Dellamura returns to the Disaster Tough Podcast to discuss the complexities, successes, and lessons learned happening in real-time as FEMA seeks to support States in a mass COVID-19 vaccination mission.

Joe is a logistics chief at FEMA Headquarters, previously assigned as White House Liaison during the testing mission. Joe provides strategic level insight into this Pandemic Response.
May 21, 2021
#57 Trailblazing Emergency Management- Interview with FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor
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FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor is a trailblazer and highly accomplished. He oversaw FEMA’s first Pandemic response, the most active hurricane season in U.S. History, and the most aggressive infrastructure program to date. Pete Gaynor has an amazing insight into setting the standard, increasing the capacity of emergency management across the field. Pete shares lessons learned of the SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) Response, provides advice on making a difference in an EM career, and talks about the direction disaster management for the future.

Pete also promotes better national preparedness, importance and role of education, and the need for increased focus (and dollars) for mitigation. All emergency managers should be mitigation experts.

Department of Homeland Security - Biography of Pete Gaynor

"On January 11, 2021, Peter T. Gaynor was designated as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Mr. Gaynor was officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be FEMA Administrator on January 14, 2020. Previously, he served as the Senate-confirmed Deputy FEMA Administrator.

"Since his selection by the President, Mr. Gaynor led FEMA’s response to over 300 presidentially declared emergencies and major disasters. Mr. Gaynor oversaw the agency’s close collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners, making it possible to serve millions of Americans in their time of need through locally executed, state managed and federally supported disaster response.

"During the historic year of 2020, Mr. Gaynor oversaw FEMA’s first ever operational response to a nationwide pandemic while simultaneously responding to a record amount of disasters. As a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Mr. Gaynor directed FEMA’s operational coordination for the whole-of-Government response to COVID-19. During this time, FEMA deployed over 5,300 staff and obligated over $57 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund in support of the nationwide pandemic response.

"In 2020, Mr. Gaynor led the federal response to the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history, with a record of 30 named storms. Mr. Gaynor also directed the response to a historic West Coast wildfire season, resulting in 78 Fire Management Assistance Grant declarations to assist governments in fighting wildfires.

"As Administrator, Mr. Gaynor oversaw FEMA’s award of the agency’s largest infrastructure project grants in history to assist with Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

"Gaynor has more than 13 years of experience in emergency management. Prior to coming to FEMA, Gaynor served as the Director of Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) in 2015. During that time, RIEMA responded to numerous small and large disasters, including one presidentially declared disaster and at least seven pre-existing active federal disasters. Gaynor oversaw response and recovery efforts to blizzards, floods, tropical storms and public health emergencies. He also coordinated evacuations, mass care, special events, and school safety.

"Gaynor served as the policy advisor to Governor Gina Raimondo on emergency management matters. He was also the Chair of the State Interoperable Communications Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission, and was Vice Chair of the State Emergency Management Advisory Committee. Additionally, he served as a Commissioner and a member for the Program Review Committee for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), which fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs across the nation.

"From March 2008 to December 2014, Gaynor served as the Director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Office of Homeland Security, where he was the only Certified Emergency Manager assigned as a municipal emergency manager in Rhode Island. He was responsible for ensuring the planning and operations of the agency, coordinating community exercise programs, managing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and advising the Mayor of the City of Providence on local government emergency operations.

"During his tenure at RIEMA and PEMA, Gaynor oversaw multiple response and recovery operations and managed numerous federally declared disasters.

"Under Pete Gaynor’s leadership, in 2010, PEMA became the first municipality in the United States to receive accreditation from EMAP. In 2017, Rhode Island became the 36th state to be EMAP-accredited, making Gaynor the first emergency management director awarded EMAP accreditation at the local and state levels. In January 2018, under Gaynor’s direction, Rhode Island was the first state designated as StormReady by the National Weather Service.

"Gaynor was awarded the International Association of Emergency Managers USA & Global Partners in Preparedness Award for Operation SMART EXIT, a planned full-scale evacuation of several high-rise commercial buildings in Downtown Providence, RI.

"Prior to his experience as an emergency manager, Gaynor served for 26 years as an enlisted Marine and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his tenure in the Marines, he was assigned as the Executive Officer responsible for the security of Presidential Retreat, Camp David; assigned as the Head of Plans, Policy, & Operations at the Headquarters Marine Corps during the September 11, 2001 attacks; and deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force where he coordinated combat operations in the Al-Anbar Province of Iraq for Multi-National and Marine forces.

"Gaynor received a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is also a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program.” - https://www.dhs.gov/person/peter-t-gaynor
May 14, 2021
#56 Mitigation In Action - Interview with Jack Krolikowski
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Climate Risk Adaptation, population centers shifting towards the Coast, and financial insecurity are just some of the issues that mitigation officers must address in their work. Jack Krolikowski, Deputy State Mitigation Officer (or The Deputy SHMO) for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency talks to us about the importance of mitigation on this week’s episode.
May 08, 2021
#55 Lessons in Leadership by CalOES Chief of Response - Interview with Lee Dorey
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We are calling Lee Dorey the George Washington of EM Leadership because of his amazing skill to lead in high stress environments. Lee has been in a Chief in almost every aspect of emergency management and response, he talks to us about his experiences, the great people he has worked with, and provides advice to emergency managers that will increase their influence, build a successful emergency management program, and produce favorable results in the face of disaster.
Apr 30, 2021
#54 U.S. Special Forces MedEvac Pilot to Emergency Manager - Interview with Margaret Larson
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Are you in the Military and are thinking about switching into emergency management? Are you in emergency management and want to increase your ability in decision making or leadership? Take note of Margaret Larson, she has major accomplishments to her name. She is a mother, an United States Army Veteran with 9 years active duty as a Special Forces Medevac Pilot, and an emergency manager. Her experiences and lessons learned are of high worth. She shares her experiences and advice on this week's episode!
Apr 23, 2021
#53 The 'So What?' of Emergency Management - Interview with Former FEMA Admin, Craig Fugate
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Craig Fugate led the Federal Emergency Management during the President Obama Administration. Craig famously used, 'So What?' as a way to help emergency managers prioritize tasks, created the Waffle House Index, and changed how FEMA staff operated in emergency (by making all staff members deployable emergency managers). Craig Fugate is a change agent and shares advice on how to improve in every phase of the disaster life-cycle. He know leads One Concern, focusing on mitigation through artificial intelligence. To view Craig's latest project, you can check out One Concern here: https://oneconcern.com/en/
Apr 17, 2021
#52 The Purpose of Training - Interview with Jayson Kratoville
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Jayson Kratoville is the Interim Director of the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP). Jayson believes that change management is critical to the homeland security field as it adapts to new technologies and a dynamic risk environment. Effective training and exercises are critical tools, challenging participants to link their practical experience with new ideas and approaches in a way that shifts their mindset. Jayson has managed the development and delivery of training and exercise programs that have reached tens of thousands of practitioners across New York State's homeland security enterprise. He has also guided the NCSP’s strategic vision and implementation, contributed to rapid growth at the NY State Preparedness Training Center, and advised on the development of UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity.
Apr 09, 2021
#51 The DNA of an Emergency Manager - Interview with Kevin Pigg
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Kevin Pigg is an expert practitioner of emergency management, serving in roles across the Local, State, and Federal levels. Kevin shares lessons learned and personal experiences on our show in the advice style format. We talk about the challenges, tasks, and personality that is required in this field. Essentially, Kevin Pigg lays out the DNA of an emergency manager.
Apr 02, 2021
#50 Improving the Tempo of EM Through Data - Interview with Patrick Campion
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Patrick Campion, owner of Preparedness Advisors, specializes in improving situational awareness through data science. Patrick understands first-hand the importance of emergency managers understanding and using data in their roles, both in blue sky operations and in grey sky operations. Whether your tracking grant dollars, or identifying gaps in mitigation, using data can make you more efficient and increase your success.
Mar 26, 2021
#49 Fire Response and Oil Spill Hazmat Incidents - Interview with Eric Helpenstell
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This Spring marks 11 years since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. It marks 10 years since the Tohoku Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Disaster, 30 years since the Kuwait Oil Fires, 32 years (almost to the date of this episode) since the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and so many other major disasters that were major game changers in emergency management and disaster response.

Eric Helpenstell has been in the response, recovery, or post-recovery (mitigation phase) of many of these catastrophic disasters. He has a background of fire suppression in wildfires, involved with logistics during the Pandemic, and even worked to unify children and parents during the family separation policies of the US Boarder Crossing. Eric's experiences are extensive, his knowledge and advice is critical for the prevention of looming threats. A great reminder that training + experience + data is the right mix to become Disaster Tough.
Mar 19, 2021
#48 Interview with United Kingdom's Chem/Bio Counter Terrorism Expert, Dr. Stephen Johnson
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Dr. Stephen Johnson and host John Scardena discuss the intersection of emergency management and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) field activities. Steve provides advice on how to become an expert, talks about the differences between CBRNe and HazMat, and next steps to protect the public from these catastrophic events. We also talk about the Beirut Explosion on this week's episode.

Dr. Stephen Johnson's Current Activities
(as described from Cranfield University)

"Stephen Johnson is the Course Director for the MSc in Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation, which explores other hazardous incidents e.g. CBRN and Fire. He actively works with Police, Fire, OGDs and International Organizations on themes of terrorism, CBRNE, intelligence and forensic science. This has included the FCO, ICRC, London Fire Brigade, SO15 and the International Institute of Criminal Investigation. He teaches on or delivers the following courses:

Hazardous Forensics
Forensic Intelligence and Exploitation
Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
Fire and Explosion Investigation
Counter IED Capability
Royal Engineer Force Protection Course
Terrorism Risk Management and Mitigation
He regularly lectures on Police CBRN courses around the UK, Imperial College London (On explosive devices), University of Rome Tor Vergata and previously at Georgetown University.

Steve's research investigates the exploitation of forensic evidence for intelligence purposes and ranges from CBRNE detection through to Open Source Intelligence. He has supported research with a wide range of British and American and International Universities. On CBRN he worked with Sussex, Bath and LSE on CBRN investigations in Syria. A significant phase of research was funded by Pool Re (The Government Terrorism Re-Insurance Pool), on modelling the impact and forecast of terrorism attacks.

Steve serves on a wide range of working groups, panels and advisory boards. He has provided comment for the media on CBRNE and terrorism.

He has currently taken a 2 year posting as the SO2 Training Policy (C-CBRN) heading up the Counter CBRN roadmap preparing the Field Army and wider Defence.
Mar 12, 2021
#47 Interview with Jessi Nalepa Former FEMA Director of External Affairs
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Messaging is everything. COVID-19 has shown us once again how incredibly important it is for us to understand how to work with media. Whether it's collaborating with stakeholders like CDC, FEMA, public health, and local emergency management groups, or managing and informing politicians, the handling of rumor control from the 24-hour news cycle like CNN, Fox News, CNBC and their local affiliates, and of course the onslaught of opinions on social media. Messaging impacts lives and emergency managers must understand this in order to be successful in disaster services.

Jessi spent nearly a decade in federal service. Most recently, she served as Director of External Affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this role, she managed the daily operations of the agency’s public affairs, strategic communications, congressional and intergovernmental affairs, as well as the Ready.gov campaign. During her tenure at FEMA, Jessi also served as the Director of Congressional Affairs where she was the agency’s principal liaison with the U.S. Congress and ensured that the agency’s priorities were reflected throughout the legislative and oversight process.

A proven crisis communications expert, Jessi effectively coordinated and led the FEMA’s external communications and engagements for over 234 Presidentially declared disasters, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic as well as some of the Nation’s most devastating hurricanes and wildfires.

Before her service in the executive branch, Jessi spent nearly seven years on Capitol Hill. She culminated her Capitol Hill career by serving as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10), then Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Jessi Nalepa's current role is the Hagerty Consulting Communications Director responsible for driving the company’s external communications strategy and brand through effective media engagement, digital communication, as well as public relations and advocacy campaigns.
Mar 05, 2021
#46 The Last House Standing Documentary -Interview with Director George Siegal
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Emergency managers need to watch The Last House Standing Documentary. It shows in phenomenal detail how critical it is to build to our local environments and why that isn't happening now. Watch The Last House Standing Documentary at: https://www.thelasthousestanding.org/movie

Director's Statement:

As a former weatherman and reporter, I've covered countless stories about people who lost everything in natural disasters. Every year people lose their homes and many rebuild the exact same way. Most people have no idea if their insurance will actually get them whole again after a major disaster. If they have to evacuate, and their house is destroyed, many of the things that were lost can never be replaced. We roll the dice on where we live with no true sense of what the hazards really are. When you watch The Last House Standing you’ll meet people who are living the nightmare, and it doesn’t have to be this way.

This film is a wake-up call to everyone that we need to take control of our destiny and do whatever we can to protect our homes and lives.
Feb 26, 2021
#45 Emergency Management Analytics: Interview with Caitlin Von Stein
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Data analytics improves the life of an emergency manager. Whether it's determining where to place shelters, forecasting weather events, providing a risk assessment, or providing trustworthy situational awareness. Caitlin Von Stein is a subject matter expert in emergency management analytics. She provides the Federal Emergency Management Agency with need to know information, working on projects across the Disaster Lifecycle. She is truly Disaster Tough because she enhances the capability of emergency managers through analytics. Learn more about her experiences on our latest episode of the Disaster Tough Podcast.

Key and Peele may have inspired us with our own version of, "Angry Obama & Nice President Obama." Check it out!
Feb 19, 2021
#44 Mitigating Long-Term Risk in the National Capital Region: Interview with Dr. Earl Stoddard
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The complexity of mitigation in the National Capital Region, combined with the changes caused by climate adaptation, create a perfect storm for emergency managers in Montgomery County Maryland.

Dr. Earl Stoddard is the Director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security for Montgomery County and is taking a hard look at future risk compared to historical data and has found several irregularities because of climate change. He also provides advice about working in emergency management and operations and the need to collaborate with stakeholders, especially those who may not understand the tempo of response.

**BONUS: Montgomery County, MD OEMHS is looking for a hydrologist! If you know someone who can assist, please reach out.
Feb 12, 2021
#43 Interview with Former FEMA Administrator Brock Long
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Today we dive into all things related to Brock Long's impressive career as a change agent and leader in emergency management. We talk about the complexities of a FEMA response in coordinated response, the need for disaster declaration reform, moving forward with a career in mind, and how to better prepare for disaster through mitigation. Brock speaks extensively about the mitgation process and changes that need to happen at FEMA and State governments to clear the way for communities to become Disaster Tough.

"Brock Long is the former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Confirmed in June 2017 by the US Senate with strong bipartisan support (95-4), Brock served as the Nation’s principal advisor to the President responsible for coordinating the entire array of federal government resources down through 50 states, 573 tribal governments, and 16 island territories to assist them with executing disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Brock is the 10th Administrator and the youngest to hold the office. While serving as Administrator, Brock coordinated the federal government’s response to over 144 Presidentially declared disasters and 112 wildfires, including three of the Nation’s most devastating hurricanes and five of the worst wildfires ever experienced. During this time, nearly $44 billion of disaster activity occurred under the various federal recovery programs.

"As the FEMA Administrator, Brock led two major initiatives which will have long-lasting impacts on the emergency management community. He rapidly transformed the agency’s business enterprise by implementing innovative Community Lifeline and FEMA Integration Team concepts to strengthen public-private partnerships and permanently embed full-time staff within the offices of state and tribal governments to better meet constituent needs. Further, as the result of effective advocacy and eight influential Congressional testimonies, Congress passed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act and made pre-disaster mitigation a national priority, provided meaningful changes to the FEMA workforce, and bolstered state and local emergency management capability.

"From 2008-2011, Brock served as Director of Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) under Governor Bob Riley. As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events. Brock also served as an on-scene State Incident Commander for the Alabama Unified Command during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

"He is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Leadership Program offered by the US Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He attended Appalachian State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration." - Hagerty Consulting website; Brock Long Bio
Feb 05, 2021
#42 Risk Management: Responding to Threat - Interview with William Jackson
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Emergency managers are faced with natural and man-made threats every day. Because the Department of Homeland Security just raised the threat level of domestic terrorism, we brought on expert William Jackson Jr. , to talk to us about risk management, protection, training, and purpose.

We discuss several scenarios including mitigating riots, active shooter, general law enforcement activities, personal protection, targets, firearm training, even hunting on this episode. It's all things guns related with the Lead Instructor from Gladiator Gunz Training Group.
Jan 29, 2021
#41 2021 Domestic Terrorism, USAR Perspective- Joe Hernandez Returns For Another Interview!
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Domestic Terrorism, fueled by extremist groups, are a major concern for emergency and disaster services in 2021, especially due to the events caused at the United States Capitol Building on January 6th and the federal response coordination surrounding the events of President Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration. Clearly the threat of violence was strong enough to cause swift reaction by law enforcement and military groups.

Whether it's a peaceful protest, turned riot, or indications of a national security threat... emergency managers and first responders must understand the complexities of response to keep all involved safe.

Joe Hernandez is an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), subject matter expert. Calling on his experiences to events such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, he is able to walk us through the preparations that responding parties must consider. This week we address terrorism as a way to reduce the threat of occurrence and impact to life, property, and continuity of operations.
Jan 22, 2021
#40 FDNY Firefighter in New York City OEM: Interview with Emergency Response Expert- Doug Bainton
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Emergency managers and first responders have close coordination, but their roles and responsibilities are different. Doug Baiton is an expert in emergency response and can speak to the differences between the tactical level and strategic levels of our field. As a New York City Firefighter, "on loan," to New York City Office of Emergency Management as a Citywide Interagency Coordinator, Doug is profoundly aware of the needs and responsibilities of responders and the complexity of resources. It's all about the survivor in this episode. Learn from Doug's amazing career here.
Jan 15, 2021
#39 FEMA Logistic Section Chief assigned to the White House for COVID Response, Interview with Joe Dellamura
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This episode is all about the task force assigned to tackle the logistics of the COVID-19 Pandemic testing and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) logistics perspective. Joe Dellamura is a FEMA branch director who was assigned to work with a a task force of federal agency partners to find and innovate solutions in order to exponentially increase the supply chain of COVID-19 testing. He has recently been involved with the vaccination distribution and provides input how the distribution will work.
Jan 08, 2021
#38 2021 Emergency Manager Goals & Tough Calls, Interview with Todd De Voe from EM Weekly
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Happy New Years! Todd De Voe from the EM Weekly podcast and I discuss some goals that emergency managers need to take a look at, like how to improve your career, actions by your agency and more. We also take a tough look at big picture topics like emergency managers working with homeless populations, and the pros and cons of the IEAM certified emergency manager (CEM) process. We even talk about working with homeless populations and discuss if emergency managers should carry a weapon as part of the 5 FEMA mission areas, which include protection. Listen to our discussion and let us know on our social media channels for the Disaster Tough Podcast!
Jan 01, 2021
#37 Peace in No-Man's Land: How 1914 Can Impact Emergency Managers Today
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Emergency Managers can learn from what happened at No-Man's Land during World War 1 between Dec. 23rd to Christmas day Dec. 25th, 1914. A moment of peace in a world of chaos as two armies could not cross 60 meters.

We need to find both internal truces and external ones in order to overcome the battle of disasters.
Dec 27, 2020
#36 The Rise of Covid And Your Value
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Emergency managers, healthcare workers, first responders, humanitarians... we are tired and it's okay to note that. Take a moment to breathe because we need to keep fighting. If you're having a difficult time right now during the Holiday Season- reach out we have resources to assist- don't let this one moment define your life, we will get through this!
Dec 20, 2020
#35 Santa and Space Weather with Jason Clap
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Santa is coming to town! We are experiencing Space Weather via the Northern Lights as we record this episode. Emergency managers must include space weather in their emergency planning process. It impacts communications, critical infrastructure, commercial travel, and of course Santa with Rudolph's GPS tracker in his nose. Or is it a lightbulb?? Who knows- join us this week as we talk about the complexities of how the Sun and man-made electromagnetic pulses (EMP) impact disaster toughness.
Dec 11, 2020
#34 Interview with the FEMA National IMAT Red Operations Chief Tim Britt
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Tim Britt, Ops Chief on the National Strike Team, housed within FEMA's National Incident Management Assistance Team Red, talks about response in 2020, lessons learned throughout his own career, and provides advice on leadership in emergency management.

Tim's experiences include service in the US. Marines, police officer, CalOES emergency manager, and now the federal government. Tim has worked at every level of emergency response and can provide great insight because of his background.
Dec 04, 2020
#33 The Pilgrims
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Between the Supreme Court ruling siding with religious groups and economic pain, we have a lot to be reminded of from our 'Pilgrim Fathers.' The faced disease, death, food scarcity, and religious persecutions... but they made it through. The Mayflower Compact and collaboration had a major part to do with that. John Scardena, our host, talks lessons learned and how they can be applied in today's world. Here's a hint: More gratitude.
Nov 27, 2020
#32 The Motivational AAR, Interview with Patrick McGinn from The Salvation Army
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The 2020 Wildfires provided unique challenges to response organizations due the the pandemic conditions. Patrick McGinn overall the feeding program to survivors in behalf of The Salvation Army, a critical VOAD member that works with the State during large-scale disasters. Working with several partners, Patrick coordinated food delivery to 160 hotels. This provided him with great insight into the complexity of disatser response in the future. He and our host, John Scardena, talk about individual and career growth, becoming better emergency management organizations, coordination between all response groups in this after action report style episode.
Nov 20, 2020
#31 "That's your Gold Sword of Disaster Response." Interview with USAR Expert & FEMA Instructor, Joe Hernandez
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We can’t say enough about Joe Hernandez. His 30 year career as a USAR operations expert includes deployments to the Okalahoma City Bombing, 9/11 Twin Towers, the Haiti Earthquake, and more. He has been instructing FEMA personnel for the past 10 years and talks about the mental and emotional tole as well as tools to dealing with extreme event.
Nov 13, 2020
#30 "Like Army Men Stuck in Egg Salad" Interview with USAR Expert and FEMA Instructor, Joe Hernandez
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We can’t say enough about Joe Hernandez. His 30 year career as a USAR operations expert includes deployments to the Okalahoma City Bombing, 9/11 Twin Towers, the Haiti Earthquake, and more. He has been instructing FEMA personnel for the past 10 years and talks about the mental and emotional weight, as well as tools to dealing with extreme events. Make sure you check out Part 2 of Joe's show next week.!
Nov 06, 2020
#29 Part 2: Urban Planner and Emergency Manager discusses hazard mitigation, Interview with Cynthia McCoy
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Cynthia McCoy is a former member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and now works for the City of Seattle. She has deployed to numerous disasters including Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Harvey, two events that have created innovation within emergency management.

This is Part 2 of her episode. We dive into the details of hazard mitigation from a theory and practice perspective. She talks about risk analysis and putting those plans into practice. We move from the socio-economic impact of disasters to the financial burden of recovery. We explain why hazard mitigation is so important what it can do in the lives of those who would be impacted by pending crisis.
Oct 30, 2020
#28 Part 1: The New Cross-Discipline - Urban Planning & Emergency Management with Cynthia McCoy
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Cynthia McCoy talks about her background in Urban Planning and Emergency Management. On part of on this episode, we talk about how historical data needs to better integrate with future trends to better define the scope of threat as well as address mitigation with data informed decisions. We heavily focus on the socio-economic impacts of disaster and the increase in events.
Oct 24, 2020
#27 Interview with Georgetown University Director of Emergency and Disaster Mgmt. Dr. Frazier
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What is the best use of a firetruck? Dr. Frazier answers this question with host John Scardena, as they dive into disaster analytics and how the Great Pandemic of 2020 will shape emergency management for decades to come. We talk about climates, populations, and the need for the collaborative environment within emergency services.

Dr. Tim Frazier’s GU bio includes the following:

“Much of Dr. Frazier’s research focuses on developing science that serves to impact decision-making in local communities through stakeholder engagement. He is considered a coastal hazards expert and is a leading researcher on the impacts of sea level rise on the physical and socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience of coastal communities. Dr. Frazier is also considered an expert on resilience, and risk assessment, and a leading researcher use of GIS technology and spatial analysis for hazard mitigation planning and climate change adaptation. The primary focus of Dr. Frazier’s research is to help communities increase their resilience to natural hazards and climate change through the development of science and policies that are socially and environmentally just. “
-See more at on the Georgetown EDM page.
Oct 16, 2020
#26 Federal Response to Disasters with FEMA Corps Program Liaison Kevin Coleman
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Kevin Coleman is an experienced Federal Response Official with years of experience and countless deployments to large-scale disasters. During the COVID-19 Federal Response, he worked on a joint agency taskforce to recommend and build federal capabilities around the county. This task force was responsible for testing over a million people by the beginning of the summer alone.

As the program Liaison for FEMA Corps, he combines his own experience with the program as a former team leader with his response experience from the IMAT to help FEMA Corps members gain experience in emergency management through training and working with field experts.

Kevin Coleman and the host John Scardena worked on the same response team. FEMA is not a paid sponsor of this podcast.
Oct 09, 2020
#25 October - The 2020 All Hazards Month
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Using, "In the moment after actions," this episode addresses the numerous hazards and potential threats that we are currently facing. From President Trump testing positive for COVID-19, to massive wildfires burning across California, Oregon, and Washington, to hurricane recovery, to potential civil unrest, to schools reopening... we look at each sector and suggest course corrections. We also talk about Halloween and how to prepare to celebrate the Holiday in an appropriate way. Big Hint- It's time to take it's place as the rightful holiday candy hunt.
Oct 02, 2020
#24 Thunderclap! Wildfires & Hurricanes with Emergency Manager Meteorologist Jason Clapp
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U.S. Air Force member, Jason Clapp lead a successful career in meteorology, as he began helping response operations, he found emergency management and now works in Yakima County as an emergency planner. His unique experience allows him to address natural disasters through the lens of weather science. He uses his data background to look for gaps that others are unable to see.

We talk about the Washington wildfires, the Oregon Wildfires, the California Wildfires, and Hurricanes. Jason provides advice about emergency mitigation and training for these events and settles the argument about about the differences between Global Warming and Climate Change.

This podcast was recorded remotely.
Sep 25, 2020
#23 The Leslie Knope of Earthquakes - Interview with Amanda Siok From FEMA Region 10
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This episode is like 5,000 candles blowing in the wind, of an earthquake. Amanda Siok is the, “Leslie Knope of Earthquakes” due to her passion and work on earthquake policy. She has spent her entire career in the Northwest, focusing on mitigating the some of the most catastrophic natural events on Earth. This earth shattering interview covers several key elements of earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic mitigation efforts and a large portion is focused on lessons learned from previous disasters such as the 2011 Japanese Earthquake Tsunami, and Fukushima Disaster, the 1964 Earthquake Tsunami in Alaska, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and even the 79 A.D. Pompeii Volcanic Eruption.

Through this lesson’s learned format, we learn what the Federal Emergency Management Agency is doing to help communities around the United States. We learn about community outreach, policy, environmental considerations and critical infrastructure’s role within the wild environment. We also talk about Bison vs Buffalo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Waffles, and efforts individuals and families and take now to be better prepared for earthquake safety, tsunami response, and volcanic evacuations. This is the perfect episode for National Preparedness Month. Don’t forget about The Great Shakeout on October 15th at 10:15 am local time. Get it? On 10-15 at 10:15? Do it! It will be great practice for an actual event.
Sep 18, 2020
#22 Never Forget 9/11 with Retired Firefighter Paramedic and Army Veteran Mike Levasseur
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Mike talks about his experience with 9/11. He was serving in the U.S. Army in Eastern Europe when it happened. He talked about that fateful day from his perspective and the lessons learned as he has responded to countless emergencies as part of the U.S military, as a firefighter and as a paramedic. He now leads emergency management operations for an organization in California and talks about the lessons learned he has gained throughout a very distinguished career. His responses include Hurricane Katrina, Wildfires, and of course, War.
Sep 11, 2020
#21 National Preparedness Month: Major Disaster Prep
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By talking about disaster events from hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes to apply information to any disaster. We provide tips and reminders about preparing your home by reviewing emergency plans and equipment, we talked about the Doberman Family Emergency Plan that you can download from our website dobermanemg.com we talked about the rule of thumb with fires, safely evacuating, COOP plans, early warning systems and the difference between a watch and a warning, we talked about apps and we have SO much more to talk about. We will be addressing Earthquakes on next week’s episode with Amanada Siok from FEMA Region 10, and on our business Instagram and Facebook pages for DobermanEMG we will share thoughts on all these areas plus active shooters, terrorism, hazmat issues, and other manmade threats. This is all part of our effort to help you become disaster tough and raise awareness during THE US National Preparedness Month. Make sure you follow those accounts and the Disaster Tough Podcast Instagram account for those tips, guides, and product discount announcements.
Sep 04, 2020
#20 The Hurricane Harvey Deployment with Super Storm Sandy GIUL & GIS Expert James Dewar
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Having both deployed to Hurricane Harvey and leading the geospatial efforts for this record breaking event, John Scardena and James Dewer talk about their experiences responding to catastrophic disasters. Utilizing the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey to set the stage, we talk about Hurricane Laura, Super Storm Sandy, innovation in emergency management, and lessons learned for other emergency managers.
Aug 28, 2020
#19 Intersection of Training and Research with Interim Director Jayson Kratoville at National Center for Security & Preparedness
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The future in emergency management is all about data. Interim Director Jayson Kratoville dives into numerous projects with ample examples of how emergency management and response will rely more and more on data to assist in the Disaster Life-Cycle. We talk about applying the data, the tools to access it and the differences between the emergency manager, general public, and politicians will react to disaster. We talk about drones, the COVID-19 pandemic and masks, weather quantum computing and more on this episode. If you want to become the emergency manager of the future, Jayson walks you through how to do that.
Aug 21, 2020
#18 Paramedic to Deputy Director of Emergency Management with Ashley Lauria-Golden
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From tactical level responses as a paramedic, to Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Forsyth County, GA. Ashley Lauria-Golden dives into her experiences applying tactical, operational, and strategic levels of emergency management throughout her highly successful career.

Of the several experiences we discuss, Ashley and our host both attended the elite Georgetown Master's program in Emergency and Disaster Management and talk about the application of the experiences we gained through field intensives.

Learn what an Italian loves more, pasta or pizza and how a Purple Scion can influence this emergency manager on our episode.

Ashley’s comments and opinions are her own and do not represent an official statement for Forsyth County, GA.
Aug 14, 2020
#17 The Beirut Explosion - What 75 Years Since The Hiroshima Bomb Has Taught Emergency Managers
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In this after action report (AAR) style episode, John Scardena walks emergency managers through hazard materials (HAZMAT) and chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological, and explosive (CBRNE) events. Using the Disaster Life-cycle and world events such as the Beirut Explosion, Hiroshima Bomb in World War 2, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Chernobyl Nuclear Incident, and Halifax Harbour Accident. We talk about the importance of conducting a hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA), following safety guidelines, considerations for first-responders, and reaching out to the emergency management community for pre-disaster mitigation. We go into the details from each of these catastrophic explosions and talk lessons learned.
Aug 07, 2020
#16 Why Doberman? And why, Disaster Tough? Also, 10,000 downloads! Thank you!
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Hey everyone, thank you for supporting the Disaster Tough Podcast! We are over the moon that so many have tuned in and are supporting our show. This week we decided to cap of the month by explaining who Doberman Emergency Management is, what we do, and how we help our community. We also explain the the name behind our podcast.
Jul 31, 2020
#15 PART 2 - Regional Disaster Services Director at The Salvation Army Patrick McGinn
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Continuing our discussion, Patrick McGinn shares lessons learned from his time at The Salvation Army, talks about how and why people need to volunteer, even in a pandemic, and what his organization is doing to keep people safe. We also talked about how our host, John Scardena saved his life several years ago (but not really, it’s a hilarious story). We laugh a lot and talk Emergency and Disaster Services. Join in the conversation on this week’s episode.
Jul 24, 2020
#14 PART 1 - Regional Disaster Services Director at The Salvation Army Patrick McGinn
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Expert emergency manager, Patrick McGinn serves as the Regional Disaster Services Director at The Salvation Army for all of Northern California and Nevada. He talks about his response experiences and shares lessons learned on emergency training exercises. Patrick also served the elite National Incident Management Assistance Team (N-IMAT West) for FEMA with our host, John Scardena.

Patrick is truly a well rounded emergency manager with both planning and operational experience. With his current role with The Salvation Army, he has developed axioms that push emergency managers to have a one-team, one-fight mentality. In this episode, we talked about how training pre-disaster impacted operations during Hurricane Harvey, a major event in both our host’s and Patrick’s career.
Jul 17, 2020
#13 Dual Threat Response: Hurricanes & COVID-19 Pandemic Preparations with Cam Starrett
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Emergency mangers must be training for a hurricane response in a pandemic environment. The Seven Community Lifelines will be impacted. Safety and Security, Food Water Shelter, Health and Medical, Energy, Communications, Transportation, and Hazardous Materials. We address general public situational awareness, and our role in deescalation.
Jul 10, 2020
#12 Military Veteran, Emergency Manager, Tactical Firearm Response Trainer & Owner of Gladiator Gunz Training Group William Jackson Jr.
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Emergency management is a natural progression for many military vets. Will talks about his experiences with anti-terrorism CBRNE missions, the skills required to transfer into emergency management and his prestigious tactical firearm response training for law enforcement (police), military, and civilian members. If you are in the military and thinking about emergency and disaster services, this is the podcast for you. Will also addresses how the police need more training and how Gladiator Gunz Training Group can help through their scenario based courses.
Jul 04, 2020
#11 Interview with Public Safety and Professional Communications President at L3Harris Nino DiCosmo
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L3Harris has almost 50,000 employees and does 18 billion dollars in revenue, annually. Nino DiCosmo joined the company as the President of Public Safety and Professional Communications at L3Harris nearly 4 years ago. He has ample experiences leading large teams and major contracts with the Department of Defense and First Responder agencies by providing technologies like our favorite radio app, BeOn PPT. We ask Nino about his expertise in leadership, responding to
the COVID-19 Pandemic, preparing for Hurricane Season and ask him questions about the contracting process to help emergency managers work better with vendors like L3Harris.
Jun 26, 2020
#10 Response, PTSD, and Prevention with Human Trafficking Expert - Mary Kent
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In this episode we talk with Mary Kent. A professor, public speaker, victim advocate responder, and intelligence asset to help identify human trafficking and provide disruption assistance. She talks about her experiences in the field and provides emergency managers the insights required to find, address, and help survivors of forced servitude and sexual exploitation.
Jun 19, 2020
#9 Tactical Level Disaster Drones!
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We talk about the inaugural use of sUAS drones from the federal disaster perspective. Our Host, while serving on the National Strike Team developed the first tactical level team in response and provides numerous applications for this asset. While talking about providing situational awareness, John talks about civil unrest, George Flyod, and reform. This is the official statement of Doberman Emergency Management Group llc and the Disaster Tough Podcast.
Jun 13, 2020
#8 Hurricane Season and the Emergency Management Need to Knows
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The episode highlights the major components of a hurricane, how to better communicate and understand the numerous complexities in with a hurricane response. Good luck this Season- it's likely going to be a busy one!
Jun 05, 2020
#7 Catastrophic Dam Failures in Michigan
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During this episode we talk about the Michigan Dam Failures. We talk about how to work with leadership or partners who don't want to spend the time or money to mitigate issues, a constant battle for emergency managers to climb, and we talk about how to create a proper emergency plan for Dams.

Disclaimer: Our host, John Scardena, is from Ohio- he does his best to hold back feelings on the Buckeyes vs the Wolverines, though the jokes do spill over now and then. Please note, this has no reflection on how we feel about helping people in the State of Michigan, this is only a sports related banter between the States.
May 30, 2020
#6 Lessons in leadership with the expert emergency manager Rodney Melsek
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Mr. Rodney Melsek has served over 20 years as a Type 1 Planning Section Chief on the National Strike Team, planning for and responding to the most catastrophic disasters in modern U.S. history. Rodney's experience goes beyond the federal emergency response official experience, as he also served for 15 years in international humanitarian aid, including The Balkans, Asia, and Africa. Rodney's unique perspective has provided him opportunity to train and lead countless emergency managers who have, through his guidance, prepared for and responded to chaos. He is a subject matter expert and a great friend to Doberman Emergency Management. He currently advises the organization to ensure best practice. Come check out the episode in order to hear how he lead throughout his career.
May 15, 2020
#5 PART 2- The Peace Corps & Cornavirus Emergency Evac , Interview with Cam Starrett
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Part 2- Cam Starrett shares his experience as a Peace Corps Member in Panama. He talks about the people, his projects, the living conditions, and the lessons learned during his deployment. We dive into the details of the blog post he wrote for Doberman Emergency Management and the struggle to get back to the states while countries were shutting down due to the Coronavirus.
May 01, 2020
#4 PART 1 The Humanitarian Life, Interview with Cam Starrett
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What drives someone towards service and what keeps you going when things become difficult? In this 2 part episode, Cameron Starrett shares his experiences with multiple volunteer based or organizations. We talk about disasters and lessons learned working in the US together, and his journey of volunteering over the past several years. Come listen to Part 1 The Humanitarian Life with Cam and I.
Apr 30, 2020
#3 COVID 19 Situational Awareness
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We address situational awareness. We look at emergency management and pandemics in the lens of what is coming up- hurricane season and recovery operations. During this episode, we talk about how to apply FEMA's seven community lifelines to creating an all hazards recovery plan- using an emergency manager at a university as our example. How does safety and security, food shelter clothing, health and medical, energy, communications, transportation, and hazardous material apply to your specific organization? Join us to find out!
Apr 29, 2020
#2 Disaster Data, There's No Such Thing As The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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News broke that all deaths that could be related to the Coronavirus Pandemic, are considered a COVID19 Death. I explain why this isn’t bad, but actually really good for emergency response and research. I compare this collection to how to rise our confidence with flood impact numbers and how to avoid the infamous, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job!”
Apr 10, 2020
#1 Pandemic, Earthquakes, Tornadoes! Oh my!
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How does eating a bowl of cereal relate to large scale disasters? Episode 1 dives into the world of emergencies with the perspective of disaster response experience. Looking for what to do next with this Pandemic? Come chat with us.
Apr 03, 2020