Hurricane Irma Palm Tree WindsWe are talking everything on disaster weather topics in this episode of the podcast. We have a special guest, meteorologist Becky DePodwin (@wx_becks) on the show to share her expertise with us and doubling our meteorologist cred because our disaster weather expert Kyle is on the show, too.

In the first of this two-part episode, we discussed Becky’s background in everything from storm chasing to working in the Accuweather forecast center in State College, Pennsylvania, to her transition to a focus on emergency management. She also is the host or co-host of two different podcasts:

In this second half of the episode, we look at preparedness for weather-related disasters. We cover a review of last season’s disasters including the various hurricanes to hit the coast of the U.S. and island territories. We also look at how previous events color a community’s risk perception and their reaction to things like evacuation orders.

Also on this episode is Dr. Joe Holley, Kyle Nelson, and co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley.

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 or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.

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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 for more information on how this can be brought into your system.



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