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  • A Look Back at Nearly Ten Years on the Disaster Podcast

    We take a look back at nearly ten years here on the Disaster Podcast on this week's show. We are joined by Becky and Dan DePodwin who share their favorite episodes. Co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley share some of their favorite guests and topics from over the years, too.

  • Travel Safety and Preparedness with The Broken Nomad Kevin Reiter

    Kevin Reiter, also known as the Broken Nomad (, rejoins us this week to talk about his journey as a digital nomad on the road. We discuss his new van set up for traveling and working. We also chat about his preparedness planning, weather awareness, and general safety during his travels.

  • Severe Weather Patterns and Public Risk Awareness

    We invited our favorite meteorologist couple back to the show to talk about severe weather and the emergency management of disasters associated with it. Becky and Dan DePodwin join us and talk about the recent spate of tornadoes and severe storms that tracked across the mid and deep south, extending into the mid-Atlantic region, too.

  • Earthquake and Tsunami Clinical Topics with Dr. Joe Holley

    This episode starts off with a Covid clinical update and a look at the fading of emergency measures across the country. As resources and free services are rolled back, some of the most at-risk individuals for ongoing COVID exposure no longer have access to many of the resources that helped them avoid and manage the disease before.

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

    In 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.

  • Preparedness by Design for Any Disaster with Patrick Hardy

    Emergency Manager, Patrick Hardy, comes on the show tonight to talk about his new book about preparedness. Patrick is recognized as the nation’s top expert in disaster preparedness across multiple industries, is an active philanthropist for disaster preparedness programs, and is the author of Design Any Disaster: The Revolutionary Blueprint to Master Your Next Crisis or Emergency (BenBella Books; March 7).

  • The Natural Disasters Expo with Director Luke Tripconey

    What the disaster response community needs is a place to gather and share best practices, look at new technologies and techniques, and network with other responders and emergency managers. Enter the Natural Disasters Expo (

  • Early NHERI Response to Turkey and Syria Earthquake

    Dan Zehner from NHERI (Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure) joins us to talk about the initial structural engineering look at the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. As soon as the earthquake struck and the extent of the structural failures became evident, members of NHERI and their international colleagues started examining all available data to understand why the buildings failed.

  • Technology Assisted Medical Disaster Response

    When disasters strike, technology can help disaster teams leverage expertise at a distance to manage survivors and patients. On today's podcast we have Dr. Erika Havelka, with IDMC and Dr. Jarone Lee with Health Tech Without Borders.

  • Building a Disaster Team with Greg Scott

    Our guest this week is Greg Scott. He's a paramedic and registered nurse with a background in emergency management and preparedness. Greg’s expertise is in building teams of volunteers for disaster response. First teams must decide what type of teams, roles, and disasters for which to prepare.

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