Refugee-conflict-medical-careWe tackle the importance of volunteers in disaster response and recovery on this week’s episode of the Disaster Podcast. In some communities, volunteers from the backbone of the first responder force. How does this dynamic affect response to disasters and what does it mean for overall community resilience? Join us as we talk all about volunteers in disaster response.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, disaster weather expert and emergency dispatcher, Kyle Nelson, Dr. Joe Holley, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Kyle Nelson meteorologist and dispatcherOn this week’s episode, we take a look into the lives of emergency dispatchers. Our disaster weather expert and emergency dispatcher, Kyle Nelson, is the featured guest this week. Kyle talks about the challenges of being a dispatcher and urges all first responders to keep their dispatch center staff in mind when putting together debriefings and after-action discussions for all events, large or small. It’s important to remember these forgotten members of the emergency chain of survival and include them whenever we talk about our first responder community.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, disaster weather emergency manager, Becky DePodwin, Dr. Joe Holley, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Hurricane Matthew pet preparednessProtecting our pets is important to all of us. So why do we not include them in our preparedness planning for our families? In this episode of the Disaster Podcast we look at pet preparedness in the face of disasters, what the law says at the federal level about pets and evacuations, and how responders can better prepare for pet evacuation alongside their owners. We bring on Ricky Burgess, a Captain with the Greenville, South Carolina Fire Department, and a South Carolina state USAR team member.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, disaster weather emergency manager, Becky DePodwin, Sarah Frances McClure, DO, NRP, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

stress affects everyone

stress affects everyone

After a friend of the show checked in to report on some personal cumulative stress issues as a paramedic, we decided to tackle this issue head on with the expert himself. We brought back Dan McGuire from CISM Perspectives to talk about updates to the ways work-related stress for first responders is handled. The biggest change Dan noted was a focus on building resiliency into initial first responder education and ongoing training before the critical incident occurs.

We also focus in on stress for dispatchers as part of the responder team and ancillary professions around disasters like meteorologists and reporters on the ground before, during, and after these events.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson, disaster weather emergency manager, Becky DePodwin, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Teaching about CPR and ventilation effectiveness in resuscitation with Paragon Medical Education Group. Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan traveled to Bangkok, Thailand recently to teach medical professionals from all over southeastern Asia and the Pacific Rim about the latest research they’ve been conducting on ventilation and CPR. Their educational sessions were well-received by the attendees at the conference and many expect to return and make changes to resuscitation practices in their systems.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, Dr. Joe Holley, Jim Logan, disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

hurricane-harvey-flooded-cityA few weeks ago a weather event called a Bomb-Cyclone struck the US midwest from Colorado through the central plains states. A bomb-cyclone or bombogenesis is the rapid deepening of an extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area. The change in pressure needed to classify something as explosive cyclogenesis is latitude dependent. This particular event caused severe blizzard conditions in Colorado, stranding thousands on the roads there for hours. In the midwest, it turned into a severe rain event where it caused record flooding in the Missouri and Mississippi river valleys.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, Dr. Joe Holleydisaster weather expert Becky DePodwin, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

wilderness ems backpacksAnother look at “Safety Third” following a Disaster Podcast Facebook group discussion on the subject. In this case, we check in with podcast community member Lee Caulfield-Marsh, A paramedic based in Queensland Australia. He posed several questions to our docs on the Facebook group and prompted us to put together this episode.

Here’s our previous episode where the topic Safety Third is introduced.

“Safety Third” is a concept first proposed by a collection of EMS Physicians in this JEMS article. The article proposes that traditional EMS training to put scene safety first doesn’t reflect the dangerous nature of a first responder’s job in an emergency setting. In reality, it’s a focus on getting the job done that is first. Read the article for a more in-depth look at the reasoning and explanations.

Links from this episode:

HawkVentures and Wilderness EMS Externship

Advanced Wilderness Life Support

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, Dr. Joe Holley, disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin,  Christopher Davis, MD, NRP, FAWM,  Sarah Frances McClure, DO, NRP, paramedic Lee Caulfield-Marsh, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Designsafe-Logo-NHERIAfter the tornados were so devastating to structures in Alabama in early March, the hosts of the Disaster Podcast decided to reach out to Dan Zehner at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). Dan is the host of the DesignSafe Radio podcast. Dan shares some of the resources and techniques to examine and test structural components in the face of extreme weather events. Various facilities associated with NHERI around the U.S. take part in the structural testing used to improve building practices and codes to create resilient communities.

Tornados ripped through parts of the southeastern United States last week. We decided to dedicate an episode last week with our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson to talk about the extreme weather event. Kyle discussed the classification of tornados, how the National Weather Service comes in after an event like this and evaluates damage to assign an Enhanced Fujita Scale rating to the individual twisters.

The string of tornados was particularly devastating to parts of Alabama. One area in Lee County was struck by storms where 23 people lost their lives in an EF 4 tornado that was reported to be a half mile wide at one point.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Warning-Tornado-SignTornados ripped through parts of the southeastern United States last week. We decided to dedicate an episode with our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson to talk about the extreme weather event. Kyle discusses the classification of tornados, how the National Weather Service comes in after an event like this and evaluates damage to assign an Enhanced Fujita Scale rating to the individual twisters.

The string of tornados was particularly devastating to parts of Alabama. One area in Lee County was struck by storms where 23 people lost their lives in an EF 4 tornado that was reported to be a half mile wide at one point.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, and our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Disaster Logistics Drone MappingIn part 2 of this episode with disaster logistics expert Brian Sims, founder of the Disaster Logistics Board. He joins the Disaster Podcast team for a special two-part episode and talks about unique ways the Disaster Logistics Board utilizes advanced imaging technology to map and document disaster zones for responders and emergency managers.

Brian’s organization’s mission statement says it all:

THE DISASTER LOGISTICS BOARD MERGES THE SKILLS OF VETERANS AND CIVILIANS TO MITIGATE AND MANAGE DISASTER SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES.

Their organization assists disaster response efforts with operational support and advisement via strategic alignment with government and non-governmental organizations, providing direct assistance and advanced technology capabilities.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, and Wilderness Safety Institute founder, Kevin Reiter.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.