How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hurricane Maria? To kick off the show today, we have our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson (@WxKyleNelson) to talk about the weather update. Hurricane Maria hit the island of Dominica after going from a category 1 storm to a category 5 in just fifteen hours.
Atlantic Hurricanes’ Widespread Impacts
Also, Hurricane Jose is still meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean and causing tropical storm force winds off the coast of Massachusetts. Host Jamie Davis likens it to a visiting family member who visits for a weekend and is still living on your couch and drinking your beer three weeks later.
Maria has imminent impacts in the Caribbean with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico awaiting landfall Wednesday morning September 20th. Numerous assets from Federal disaster response teams are staged in Puerto Rico ready for the storm’s arrival.
As always, use the U.S. National Hurricane Center for updates and the most complete and accurate information on storms at Hurricanes.gov.
Mexico City Earthquake on Sept 19th
In addition to the Hurricanes, there was also a 7.1 magnitude earthquake reported in central Mexico 75 miles south of Mexico City. At the time we recorded the episode 116 people were reported dead by officials in the capital. That death toll is over 200 at the time of podcast release on Wednesday morning September 20th.
Disaster Podcast Team at Upcoming Conferences
Also on the show were Jim Logan and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. They are preparing to travel out to Bogota, Columbia for the international EMS World conference to share their expertise in disaster planning and management. We’ll have a special episode upcoming soon with some special guests from that conference.
Also, watch for the Disaster Podcast team in Las Vegas for the upcoming EMS World Expo conference there in October. If you’re planning to attend, make sure you stop by the Podcast Studio in booth 721 at that event. We’d love to see you come on by and say Hello.
Remembering Dr. Christopher J. Bosche
On a somber note, Joe and Jim share the loss of a fellow USAR member who died recently of a 9/11 related illness. Dr. Christopher J. Bosche was a dear friend of Joe Holley and Jim Logan. They worked with him at numerous disaster responses including during the Katrina response.
Dr. Chris Bosche was remembered by Jim and Joe as inspirational and hard-working in his dedication to disaster response with Missouri’s USAR team. He worked at Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 attacks and contracted his cancer during that deployment.
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.
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.