The Train Disaster That Changed America with Dr. Yasmine S. Ali

Walk Through Fire Book CoverIn this episode, we are joined by Dr. Yasmine S. Ali, an award-winning medical writer and native of Waverly, Tennessee. That town is the setting of her nonfiction book, WALK THROUGH FIRE: The Train Disaster That Changed America.

From Dr. Ali’s bio, we look at the way the book “examines how a single disaster in a rural town prompted the creation of FEMA and sweeping new regulations impacting transportation, training, and disaster management, still in use nationally and globally. This devastating disaster had widespread reactions and consequences.

It served as a catalyst for then-President Jimmy Carter to pass an executive order creating The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. It is impossible to imagine America without an organized disaster response agency, as today FEMA is a household name, managing large-scale manmade and natural crises ranging from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, to preparedness training, public early warning systems, and even America’s Covid-19 response.”

This episode is hosted by Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley along with Dr. Joe Holley.

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