Disaster Meteorologist and Emergency Management expert Becky DePodwin came on the show to talk about a recent training class she took on community resilience in disaster planning. The LabX Extreme Event Game is designed to give participants a taste of what it takes to build community resilience in the face of disaster. Players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced disaster simulation.

Developed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum (now LabX) in collaboration with the ResilientAmerica Roundtable, Extreme Event’s content draws on recommendations from the seminal National Research Council report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative and has been reviewed by experts and staff of the National Academies.

Also on the show were meteorologist Dan DePodwin, 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.

USAR Training During COVID-19

Dr. Joe Holley in USAR training

Dr. Joe Holley returned recently from a training exercise for USAR teams to work out new training routines for disaster responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. They looked at ways to keep team members safe from infection while performing their essential duties during major disaster events.

We also looked at recent and upcoming weather forecasts for the country and talked about how weather impacts both training and response for disaster teams. Dr. Joe gives an update on COVID infection rates and hospital resilience in Memphis, Tennessee.

Also on the show were meteorologist Dan DePodwin 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.

Disaster Podcast logoMeteorologist Becky DePodwin, and co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, got together for this episode to look back the many episodes covered over the previous year that was 2020 on the Disaster Podcast. Each of the team picked a few stand-out episodes as well as talked about what they looked forward to covering in 2021 as the new year kicks off.

Here are the picks for each team member:

Meteorologist Kyle Nelson sent in his picks even though he couldn’t be on the recording.

Becky DePodwin’s picks were:

Jamie Davis’ picks were:

Sam Bradley’s picks were:

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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.

The Disaster Podcast team is joined by Yedidya Benavie, NREMT. He comes on the show to discuss different ways to approach preparedness drills. He specifically compares the school active shooter drills with routine fire drills, saying neither should be a source of fear or dread.

We talk about when it’s a appropriate to do different levels of drills from tabletop roundtable drills all the way up to unannounced “reality” drills. When should we subject staff and teams to the various types of drills? We discuss in depth on the show.

Also on the show were Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist Becky DePodwin, 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.

coronavirus imageDr. Joe Holley comes on the show this week to talk about the hospital surge happening due to COVID-19 cases. He relates his experience in the ER in Memphis and talks about the situation on the street with EMS providers, too.

With the situation fast approaching a saturation point where patients may stop receiving optimal care due to bed and staff shortages, it is imperative all healthcare professionals and first responders work to educate the public on the necessity of the five Ws:

  • Wash Hands
  • Wear a Mask
  • Watch Your Distance

We can also be part of the initiative to get people vaccinated by talking about the science behind the safety and efficacy of the vaccines coming on the market. We must set people’s fears at ease by answering their questions and understanding where they’re coming from so we can best counter misinformation.

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.

icicles winter weatherMeteorologist Dan DePodwin steps in to help us look at winter weather after his weekly look back at the last week. Sam Bradley tests his knowledge of weird winter weather terms in this episode on the lighter side of Disaster Podcast coverage. With terms like hoarfrost, blenky, and more, we try to stump Dan and see if he’s as up on his winter weather terms as he thought.

Check out this episode and see if you know some of the more obscure terms Sam found for weird winter weather.

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.

hospital tent disaster logisticsDr. Joe Holley shares his expertise with the Disaster Podcast crew as we look at the realities of patient care in the midst of the current increase of COVID-19 cases around the world. One of the biggest things that affect that care is the ability of a region’s hospitals to surge capacity in beds and staff.

While creating new bed spaces and acquiring new beds to fill them is relatively easy, you cannot create new staffing the same way. Early in the pandemic response when most of the cases were isolated in the Northeastern U.S. and then later in the south, critical care staff were able to move from other areas to help cover gaps. Now, with COVID surging everywhere, there is no excess staff to be found and that will ultimately affect care as the number of patients exceeds a hospital’s ability to care for them.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, along with disaster meteorologist Becky DePodwin.

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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.

We invited psychologist Randy DuPont PhD. on the show this episode to talk about mental health wellness and awareness in the first responder and disaster response community. Randy is a recognized expert in the fields of mental illness, crisis de-escalation systems and public safety personnel wellness programs.

He is a professor and clinical psychologist at the University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, where he was responsible for the Regional Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Services.

Then we talk with our disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin about recent extreme weather outbreaks in the tropics, especially Hurricane Iota’s impacts on Central America. Our other disaster meteorologist, Kyle Nelson comes on to look at extreme weather across the mountain west and the rest of the country.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, 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.

Major Event PlanningThis episode looks at spikes in COVID-19 across the U.S. and its effects on EMS providers, hospital staff, and other medical responders. Dr. Joe Holley shares his expertise and experience in Memphis, Tennessee as the virus spread continues to grow there.

Then we talk with our disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin about recent extreme weather outbreaks including two new hurricanes in the Atlantic and a third forming in the Caribbean. It looks like 2020 will be a record year for extreme weather, too.

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.

Tropical Storm TeddyMeteorologist Tom Bedard joins our regular disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin to talk about their important work with AccuWeather providing weather event planning for large corporations. The discussion looks at the types of weather events in the planning process and how this is still an emerging field.

Kyle Nelson also came on the show to discuss recent disaster weather events and the continued activity in the Tropics. Co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis were there along with 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.