CEDR Digital Corps LogoIn this episode, we have guest Rob Neppell on the show. Rob is the Technology Innovation & Incident Readiness Lead for CEDR Digital Corps. CEDR is a group of over 900 volunteers who have done work involving rescue facilitation initially for Hurricane Irma.

They later moved on to collecting and mapping conditions on the ground for disaster victims, their families on the mainland, government agencies and disaster response organizations on the ground. In addition to mapping, the group added to their work the research and creation of infographics on health and safety information to share via social media and regular broadcasts in Spanish and English.

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Also on the show, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, also gives us a tropical weather update on Hurricane Isaias in the Atlantic as it moves towards the U.S. east coast in the coming days. You can keep track of updates at the National Hurricane Center Website at Hurricanes.gov.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

hot weather in sunny desert sceneIn the current hot summer weather, first responders and disaster teams still have to train. We bring back past guest James Corbin (@Wilderness_PA on Twitter) to talk about how to train in hot weather and how doing that training has positive effect on fitness. He and Dr. Joe Holley talk about the ways the body’s physiology adjusts to regular exertion in hot weather. This is a must listen for the current time.

Our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, also gives us a tropical weather update on Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Hanna in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurrican Douglas in the Pacific. We’re getting into the busier times of the Hurricane season. You can keep track of updates at the National Hurricane Center Website at Hurricanes.gov.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

Hyperbaric Medicine ChamberThe team dives into a look at Hyperbaric Medicine today with our special guest Paul Watts, Hyperbaric Safety Director at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. The use of a chamber to increase the atmospheric pressure around a patient can be used for everything from wound care to treatment of dive injuries.

Paul, and our guest Kevin Reiter from the Wilderness Safety Instititute, stressed the importance of contacting DAN (Divers Alert Network) to locate the appropriate hyperbaric treatment chamber for your patient. That phone number for your reference is +1-919-684-9111.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

coronavirus imageWe look into the growing number of COVID cases in certain regions of the United States on today’s episode. The Disaster Podcast team also takes a look at the next named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Fay. The storm will bring rain and potential flooding to the east coast of the United States from North Carolina all the way up to New England. Our disaster meteorologist, Becky DePodwin, joins us to give an update and take a look at the weather across the rest of the country.

In our main segment, Dr. Joe Holley gives us some insights into the challenges he faces as the medical director for the City of Memphis while the city is in the midst of a COVID-19 surge. As patients inundate both EMS and hospital systems, Joe shares how the EMS providers and hospital staffs are dealing with burnout and PPE fatigue.

We also talked about a podcast series by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) about dealing with the COVID-19 crisis for nurses and other health professionals. There are six episodes on a variety of topics.

Also on the show were 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.

This week we decided to give the Disaster Podcast team the week off for the July 4th holiday. Since there are so many new folks in the group, some may not know all the insider tips and jokes from the team. For example, when someone mentions Dr. Joe Holley and a foley catheter in the same sentence you might wonder what a foley has to do with disaster and austere medicine.

Back in 2014, the team got into a look at the best supplies to carry when load and space is at a premium. Joe shocked the rest of us with the inclusion of a foley catheter in his list of things he can’t live without on deployment. He then began to list all the things it could be used for, including both medical and mundane uses. You have to listen to the whole episode to hear it all! Enjoy!

Also on the show were 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.

FEMA-USAR-CATF1-3Today with visit with Dr. Sam Ni, a third year emergency medicine resident and USAR Doc in Training. Dr. Joe Holley connected us with Dr. Ni so we could get an understanding about what draws some ER docs to this unique calling.

We chat with Dr. Ni about the process of her training. She shares what parts she enjoyed the most and what challenged her more than others. She also shares her understanding how this opportunity offers her a different look at emergency medicine and disaster medicine as two sides of the same coin. Dr. Ni will be returning to the show in the future as her training proceeds so we can follow up on the process with her.

Also on the show were 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.

water drowning riskDrowning is the topic this week on the Disaster Podcast. We talk about the physiology and common causes of drowning, bringing our frequent guest and dive master Kevin Reiter on the show. Kevin and his wilderness training resources at the Wilderness Safety Institute can be found at WildSafety.com.

We also look at some of the common misconceptions and misnomers around drowning. Our friend, Dr. Seth Hawkins has numerous articles that can be used as resources to debunk the use of terms like “near drowning” or “dry” and “wet drowning.”

Articles on Drowning

Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Drowning

Drowning is never dry: Two ER doctors explain the real swimming danger kids face

Drowning in a sea of misinformation: Dry drowning and secondary drowning

Also on the show were Dr. Joe Holley, and 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.

This week on the Disaster Podcast we talk about medical interoperability between state and federal units. Our guest is Tim Conley, a paramedic/fire fighter who is also a state DMAT member.

Tim discusses putting together teams, developing partnerships with other states and organizations, and putting the IDMC concept into action at disaster events like the Joplin tornado.

Also on the show were Dr. Joe Holley, and 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.

Protester marching for a peace during protestsIn this week’s episode, the podcast team looks at several topics. Disaster meteorologist Becky Depodwin gives us an update on Tropical Storm Cristobol which may threaten the U.S. gulf coast early next week. She notes that though it is just early June, this is the third named storm of the year and that Gulf of Mexico surface water temps are already as warm as is normal in August.

Then we shift gears and discuss challenges facing the nation’s EMS providers who must provide care on streets filled with peaceful protestors and occasionally violent riots and looting. We talk about the challenges of treatment with ongoing COVID-19 concerns and what to expect after a week of densely populated protest events worldwide.

On the show were Dr. Joe Holley, and 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.

Hurricane Irma Palm Tree WindsFEMA released their guidance on disaster response for the pending Hurricane season during the COVID-19 era. The guide provides actions emergency managers and public officials can take to prepare for response and recovery operations during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

Specifically, the guidance:

  • Describes anticipated challenges to disaster operations posed by COVID-19;
  • Highlights planning considerations for emergency managers based on current challenges;
  • Outlines how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations;
  • Creates a shared understanding of expectations between FEMA and emergency mangers; and,
  • Includes guidance, checklists and resources to support emergency managers response and recovery planning.

On the show were Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist Becky Depodwin, and meteorologist Dan Depodwin, along with 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.