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Telling the story of what FEMA does and how we do it, and providing a call to action for the nation to prepare for potential disasters.

The FEMA Podcast Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Telling the story of what FEMA does and how we do it, and providing a call to action for the nation to prepare for potential disasters.

    Episode 75: 2020 National Preparedness Month - Flood Insurance

    Episode 75: 2020 National Preparedness Month - Flood Insurance

    September is National Preparedness Month. While 2020 may feel different for many Americans, one thing remains the same – disasters can and will happen. In this episode, we sit down with Paul Huang from the National Flood Insurance Program to discuss how purchasing flood insurance is one easy way homeowners and renters can prepare for future disasters.

    • 19 min
    Episode 74: Agency Update - Hurricane Laura

    Episode 74: Agency Update - Hurricane Laura

    Hurricane Laura made landfall last week in Louisiana and areas of Eastern Texas as a powerful category 4 storm. Causing widespread damage and destructions throughout the area. We check in with David Bibo, Associated Administrator for Response and Recovery about what disaster survivors can expect from FEMA as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and how the agency has been planning for storms just like Hurricane Laura since March.

    Episode 73: Women in Emergency Management - Riding the Tides of Change

    Episode 73: Women in Emergency Management - Riding the Tides of Change

    Back in early March, FEMA joined the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month. To commemorate the month, and to honor the contributions of the many women serving in Emergency Management, FEMA hosted a panel discussion on “Women in Emergency Management: Riding the Tides of Change.” On this episode, which airs on Women’s Equality Day, we go back to that conversation and hear from the four incredible women that participated in that panel about their candid thoughts on the early days of FEMA and emergency management and how women have and will shape the evolution of disaster response, recovery and preparedness.

    Featured on this episode are Kay Goss, former Associate Administrator in Charge of National Preparedness, Training and Exercises; Ms. Libby Turner, Federal Coordinating Officer; Ms. Jane Cage, Chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team; and Chauncia Willis, CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management.

    Episode 6: Making "Cents" Of Disasters

    Episode 6: Making "Cents" Of Disasters

    Did you know more than 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, making it extremely difficult to recover from an emergency—whether it is a natural disaster or a broken water heater?

    When people hear about disaster preparedness, regardless of the hazard, we often do not focus much on the financial aspect and financial preparedness. Having a financial preparedness plan is an important part of your overall emergency plan. Being financially prepared can make a huge difference following disasters. On this episode, Alan Becker, the host of the radio program, Retire Right Radio joins the FEMA Podcast to discuss the importance of putting yourself in the best position to bounce back financially from a disaster.

    • 21 min
    Episode 47: More Than Magnitude: How The National Earthquake Information Center Works

    Episode 47: More Than Magnitude: How The National Earthquake Information Center Works

    Large earthquakes in populated areas make the news, but many people don’t realize that earthquakes actually happen every day, all over the world. The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden not only monitors these earthquakes, they initiate an earthquake response protocol designed to give first responders and recovery staff critical information in the hours and days following a major earthquake. Paul Earle, the Director of 24/7 Operations, explains the mission of the NEIC.

    • 18 min
    Episode 24: One Year Look Back On The Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts

    Episode 24: One Year Look Back On The Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts

    A year ago, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and since that time, FEMA, and numerous federal partners and the government of Puerto Rico have undertaken one of the largest post disaster reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in U.S. history. Major portions of the island’s infrastructure are being rebuilt as federal agencies support the government of Puerto Rico's plan to restore the island's lifeline systems, and enable Puerto Rico to withstand the storms to come. Never before has FEMA coordinated federal resources to rebuild an entire Commonwealth with a population of 3.3 million people, 78 municipalities, electrical, water and telecommunication systems, seaports, airports, schools, healthcare systems, roads and bridges. Overall, in 2017, hurricanes, Irma, Maria, and other disasters affected nearly 47 million people throughout the United States. While recovery continues, FEMA and its interagency partners remain focused and dedicated to continued stabilization and resilience of impacted communities. Mike Byrne, one of FEMA’s most qualified federal coordinating officers deployed soon after Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico to help lead the coordination of the federal government support. On this episode we spoke with Mike Byrne about his experience over the last year and how he sees the status of recovery in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

    • 18 min

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