Hurricane-florence-flood-USARA look at the impact of Hurricane Florence one week after the storm hit the east coast of the U.S. With flood waters still rising, we bring you reports from the field with Dr. Joe Holley in North Carolina with the IST (Incident Support Team) and Dr. Ben Abo in South Carolina with Florida Task Force 1 USAR team. Both of them spell out what they’ve been doing in the past week and what they anticipate for the future of the deployment.

The episode kicks off with a brief weather update from our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin. She lays out the final reports of the low-pressure system that was the hurricane as it exits through the northeastern U.S. We also briefly discuss the outlook for a further week of flooding and response for people on the ground in North and South Carolina.

Join the discussion with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education GroupParagon 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-Florence-Sunday-9-16-updateDr. Joe Holley checks in from the field on Saturday night (Sept 15) after a few days spent in North Carolina with the Federal IST (Incident Support Team) following the landfall of Hurricane Florence. He details the challenges faced by responders in the face of continued heavy rainfall and rising flood waters. Joe, and hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley chat about some of the rescue situations as well as the resiliency of the local responders in the face of the continuous multi-day response.

Joe believes the worst is yet to come in some ways because the flood waters are still rising and thinks there will be a need for extra federal responders in the area for several weeks as the full extent of the damage to property and the toll on the lives of residents.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education GroupParagon 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-Florence-Friday-AMHurricane Florence is due to make landfall this morning. Last night, in a special crossover episode with the DesignSafe Radio Podcast and Dan Zehner, we discuss the effects of prolonged wind, rain, and storm surge to structures along the coast and inland. Disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson explains the science behind the predictions for the storm and what it means in real terms.

Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley discuss with Dan and Kyle the rain and wind effect of a slow-moving storm like Hurricane Florence on structural components of local buildings. Dan, who hosts the DesignSafe Radio Podcast for the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure institutions, brings his perspective from the scientists who test structural components against disaster conditions in the lab to make our structures safer.

We discuss including kids in disaster planning and preparations as a way to help them deal with anxiety. Dan and Kyle share this video resource about children and disasters. Lori Peek from CU-Boulder has an excellent FEMA Prep-talk on this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7gMetv_9bQ.

When talking about storm surge and what it means in real terms, Kyle Nelson shares this excellent VR 3D video representing storm surge at 3, 6, and 9 foot levels on a typical residential street. View the video here https://twitter.com/RyanDavidsonWX/status/1040031346838720512.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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-Florence-Thursday-2PMAs Hurricane Florence nears the coast of North Carolina, Dr. Joe Holley, and his fellow federal, state, and local responders are hunkering down to ride out the storm so they can be ready to respond after it passes. We got the chance to catch up with Joe during a brief break while he was assessing resources and capabilities in Wilmington, NC.

Here’s a brief segment recorded by host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic as he caught up with Joe. We’ll try and connect with Joe and other members of the Disaster Podcast community as the opportunity presents as the response and recovery phase of the storm happens this weekend. Stay tuned here and over at our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group and at DisasterPodcast.com.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

Grand Canyon mountain rescueIn part 2 of this two-part episode, we continue to talk about the various needs of international mountain rescue with Physician’s Assistant and Paramedic James Corbin. He’s a longtime listener who reached out to us to suggest a topic for the call. He began his EMS career as a volunteer EMT and paramedic in Wheaton, Maryland before heading off to learn about rock climbing and joining the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group in Virginia’s Shenandoah and Allegheny Mountains.

He later started traveling to other locations, taking his passion for rock climbing, rescue, wilderness EMS with him on the way. He took that training to Arizona and later Palau, Micronesia before most recently settling in Contanu, Benin in West Africa.

This is a two-part episode. Make sure you catch up with part one of this episode from last week.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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-Florence-Wed-AM-Update-ConeThis is a special extra episode on the upcoming landfall of Hurricane Florence which will impact the U.S. East Coast in the region of North and South Carolina sometime Friday, September 14, 2018. We brought on disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin to talk about the weather outlook and potential hazards from the storm.

Sam relayed an update from a conversation she had with Dr. Joe Holley who is deployed with the IST (Incident Support Team) to a forward location east of Raleigh, NC. He and the other federal assets are getting in position to assist state and local authorities and responders when the areas of greatest need are identified after landfall.

Stay tuned to the Disaster Podcast site and to our Facebook Group for more information and updates as the storm progresses.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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 backpacksWe talk about the various needs of international mountain rescue with Physician’s Assistant and Paramedic James Corbin. He’s a longtime listener who reached out to us to suggest a topic for the call. He began his EMS career as a volunteer EMT and paramedic in Wheaton, Maryland before heading off to learn about rock climbing and joining the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group in Virginia’s Shenandoah and Allegheny Mountains.

He later started traveling to other locations, taking his passion for rock climbing, rescue, wilderness EMS with him on the way. He took that training to Arizona and later Palau, Micronesia before most recently settling in Contanu, Benin in West Africa.

This is a two-part episode. Make sure you pick up with part two of this episode next week.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

On this episode of the Disaster Podcast,  we pick up with part 2 of the episode we started last week. We resume our chat on rural EMS challenges as austere environments with Chris Prutzman, Director of Operations for Samaritan Ambulance in Oklahoma. Chris comes on to talk about dealing with rural EMS services in disaster situations.

Also on the show are Sam Bradley, Jamie Davis, disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.

  • The environment (The effects of weather)
  • Animals, snakes, and spider, oh my
  • Trauma issues
  • Exposures (organophosphates)
  • Potential illnesses

This is a two-part episode. Check out last Thursday’s episodes for part one of this discussion on how rural EMS lends unique challenges to delivery of care.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

On this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we chat with Chris Prutzman, Director of Operations for Samaritan Ambulance in Oklahoma. Chris comes on to talk about dealing with rural EMS services in disaster situations.

Also on the show are Sam Bradley, Jamie Davis, disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.

  • Level of understanding of County/City governments of the cost of the service
  • Level of understanding the patient has of rural ems and critical access hospital systems
  • Extended mission time of ground units with patient transport and how that impacts communities and mutual aid partners
  • Increased risk of OJI’s on EMS providers

This is a two-part episode. Check in next Thursday for part two of this discussion on how rural EMS lends unique challenges to delivery of care.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

On this episode, we bring back Dr. Joe Holley to talk some more about the groundbreaking research he’s been involved with on airway management in cardiac arrest. He and the team he was working with looked at the effects of different types of airway management to maintain an intrathoracic vacuum during CPR to facilitate better blood flow into the brain.

We talked about the methodology of the study and the challenges involved with narrowing down the types of variables in the study to make it more effective from a data collection standpoint.

On the show with us was our weather expert Becky DePodwin (@wx_becks on Twitter), as well as cohosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.