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Multi-Hazards . . . all about protecting communities.

Climate change, extreme weather, (un)natural disasters, pandemics, systemic racism, neocolonialism, neoliberalism, poisonous political trends, etc.

These pose a threat to human societies and the natural world. This is a podcast about disasters suffered or averted, with issues facing experts in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, anti-racism and many other important topics.

It's for anyone interested in protecting your communities, families, your livelihoods or businesses, especially those suffering from this global system that makes many people even more vulnerable.

Tune in as we seek solutions to potential risks and also the domino or cascading effects when they overlap and slam into each other.

With many, many wonderful, knowledgeable guests and host, Vin Nelsen . . .

The Multi-Hazards Podcast Vin Nelsen

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Multi-Hazards . . . all about protecting communities.

Climate change, extreme weather, (un)natural disasters, pandemics, systemic racism, neocolonialism, neoliberalism, poisonous political trends, etc.

These pose a threat to human societies and the natural world. This is a podcast about disasters suffered or averted, with issues facing experts in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, anti-racism and many other important topics.

It's for anyone interested in protecting your communities, families, your livelihoods or businesses, especially those suffering from this global system that makes many people even more vulnerable.

Tune in as we seek solutions to potential risks and also the domino or cascading effects when they overlap and slam into each other.

With many, many wonderful, knowledgeable guests and host, Vin Nelsen . . .

    The New Generation of Emergency Management with Kesley Richardson

    The New Generation of Emergency Management with Kesley Richardson

    As both a practitioner and researcher in emergency management, Kesley Richardson is a looking to be a game changer.  Bringing youthful energy and the mind of a multidisplinary scholar to the field, he is ensuring that best practices are not just talked about but integrated.  Join us today on this episode of the Multi-Hazards podcast as Kesley Richardson shares his vision, experience and passion for emergency management and protecting communities.
    Kesley Richardson’s Bio
    Kesley Richardson is a U.S. Virgin Islands Native, scholar, public speaker, researcher, and practitioner in the field of Emergency Management. Currently as a doctorate student in Public Administration at West Chester University and being apart of organizations such as International Association of Emergency Managers(IAEM), Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA), Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) with the United Nations, and Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA), he hopes to network with likeminded professionals to make actionable change. With his diverse background, Kesley hopes to leverage his awards such as the 2022 Govenors Hurricane Conference of Florida Rising Star and fellowship with the Bill Anderson Fund to support his goal of cultivating a more diverse field of Emergency Management.  
    Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
    Outro: "Island Dream" by Chris Haugen on YouTube Audio Library
    Bio Photo from Kesley Richardson

    • 38 min
    Innovating Engagement Technology for Community Resilience with Ginny Katz

    Innovating Engagement Technology for Community Resilience with Ginny Katz

    To really protect communities, Ginny Katz and her team at HazAdapt Inc. are designing technology that pays attention to communities and truly addresses their needs.  Ginny is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs who believe equity and diversity should be at the forefront of innovation and not an afterthought.  Join us today on this episode of Multi-Hazards as we hear the wisdom and heartfelt passion of Ginny Katz, at the cutting edge of both technology and community resilience.
    Check out the company, their app and podcast.

    Ginny Katz’ Bio
    Ginny Katz, MPH, has a BS Public Health Epidemiology & Disease Control (the University of Texas at San Antonio), MPH Global Health Disaster Systems and Digital Communication (Oregon State University) and is a Geography PhD Student, 2022 (Oregon State University).
    While working to become an Emergency Management GIS and digital communications specialist in 2017, Ginny experienced the impact of emergency communications gaps firsthand. Without relevant information and support, so many people were becoming more vulnerable to hazards, most significantly impacting underserved communities.  Realizing that emergency managers are lacking the tools needed to facilitate meaningful and equitable mass engagement with their communities, she became a woman on a mission to build the tools that were so needed. In 2018 Ginny turned this problem into P.h.D. research at Oregon State University and in 2019 created a startup, HazAdapt Inc., to build the solutions. Now, Ginny is proud to present the first results of their hard work, HazAdapt, the Humanity-Friendly Hazard Guide and Emergency Assistant. HazAdapt is a free app and web tool built to boost community resilience from the bottom - up. 
    Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
    Outro: "Chasing the Dragons" by Joel Cummins, Kris Myers, Andy Farag on YouTube Audio Library
    Bio Photo from Ginny Katz
    Episode Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

    • 37 min
    Finding Certainty in the New Year (Remix with Margaret Heffernan)

    Finding Certainty in the New Year (Remix with Margaret Heffernan)

    Another year rolls by and certainty seems just as hard to find. Dr. Margaret Heffernan's recent book Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future has a message: Tomorrow may be uncharted territory, but we can learn to handle uncertainty and move forward with confidence and agility. Join Dr. Heffernan and Multi-Hazards podcast host Vin Nelsen in this remix from early last year, all the more relevant now that we face new and challenging times going into a new year.
    Study Guide here, click where it says "PDF" on the middle left: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/finding-certainty-in-the-new-year-remix-with-margaret-heffernan
    Topics in this podcast include:
    * Why can we be optimists?
    * Why could asking experts for their opinions about the future be a waste of time?
    * Why and how our planning needs to change?
    * Uncertainty: necessarily bad or good?
    * How can uncertainty represent possibility?
    * What do transhumanists want?
    * How can aging bring out the best in us?
    * What is the "doctrine of inevitability"?
    * Why are driverless cars a problem?
    * How has technology taken away our willingness to explore?
    * Why are artists better with unpredictability?
    * Why do artists keep producing things that are ahead of their time?
    * How are scientists sometimes like these artists?
    * What generates breakthroughs in science?
    * How can we "reskill" for the future?
    * How can we have hope for the new year?
    Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
    Outro: "Floating Home" by Brian Bolger on YouTube Audio Library
    Photo by John Gibbons on Unsplash

    Margaret Heffernan’s Bio
    Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the "Top 25" by Streaming Media magazine and one of the "Top 100 Media Executives" by The Hollywood Reporter. The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as "meticulously researched... engagingly written... universally relevant and hard to fault." Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future was published in 2020. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post. Text and photo taken from her website: https://www.mheffernan.com/biography.php#modal-close

    • 1 hr
    Climate Change and Disasters (Multi-Hazards S05 E09)

    Climate Change and Disasters (Multi-Hazards S05 E09)

    What does climate change have to do with disasters? Experts on The Multi-Hazards Podcast weigh in on how climate change is affecting the planet and human society, and how it plays a role in increasing disasters. Join us for this exciting podcast!
    Study Guide here (click on PDF, top left): https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/climate-change-and-disasters
    Topics include:
    * How does climate change increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events?
    * What does "1 in 20/50/100 years" probability of a flood or other disaster mean?
    * How can climate change factor into where we build homes to avoid floods?
    * How has the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) been affected by extreme weather events these past few years?
    * What are "freshets"?
    * How does the amount of snow (snowpack) and the way it melts factor into potential floods?
    * How can knowledge of climate change risks be brought into emergency management?
    * What's "risk assessment"? "Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA)"?
    * Why is it important that risk assessment start at the national level?
    * Why is "What do the elders say?" an all-important question for First Nations people?
    * How will climate change change life for First Nations?
    * Why are polar bears are eating out of garbage dumps at James Bay in Canada?
    * How does "chance favour the prepared mind"?
    * How are some First Nations preparing for climate change and possibly relocating?
    * Why is it so important to get the message out about emergencies and climate change?
    * Why are we always reminded about climate change, even when we want to forget about it?
    * Why is it important to show the projected costs of climate change?
    * What are these health factors from climate change: declining air quality due to ground-level ozone, increasing incidence of Lyme disease and the health effects of hotter temperatures?
    SOURCES (past Multi-Hazards episodes):
    S01 E13 Earthquakes, Disaster Education & Protecting Communities - Interview with Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan, June 18, 2020
    Link: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/earthquakes-disaster-management-education-protecting-communities-interview-with-dr-burak-babu-erkan
    S01 E17 Emergency Management with the Red Dragon - Interview with Paul Edmonds, June 25, 2020
    Link: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/emergency-management-with-the-red-dragon-interview-with-paul-edmonds
    S02 E02 The Cutting Edge - First Nations & Emergency Management - Interview with Wilbert Wesley, July 24, 2020
    Link: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/the-cutting-edge-first-nations-emergency-management-interview-with-wilbert-wesley
    S04 E15 Black Emergency Managers Worldwide - Conversation with Charles D Sharp, July 2, 2021
    Link: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/black-emergency-managers-worldwide-conversation-with-charles-d-sharp
    S04 E19 The Health Costs of Climate Change with Dylan Clark, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, July 30, 2021
    Link: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/the-health-costs-of-climate-change-with-dylan-clark-the-canadian-institute-for-climate-choices
    Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
    Outro: "Friendly Dance" by Nico Staf on YouTube Audio Library
    Photo by British Columbia Ministry of Transportation on Flicker: "Commercial vehicle stuck in mudslide debris on Highway 12. Heavy rain on August 16 [2021] caused multiple mudslides on BC Highway 1 and 12 in the Fraser Canyon. Crews continue to work to clear the debris and re-open the highways."

    • 37 min
    Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Disasters and Human Response)

    Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Disasters and Human Response)

    Earthquakes and volcanoes are among the various disasters dealt with on The Multi-Hazards Podcast. Here we revisit earlier interviews with Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan and Dr. Gio Roberti. What should we all know about earthquakes and volcanoes, and, most of all, what is the human element? How have we mitigated, prepared for, responded to and recovered from these disasters? Join us for this exciting podcast!
    Study Guide here, click where it says "PDF" on the middle left: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/-earthquakes-and-volcanoes-disasters-and-human-response
    Topics include:
    * What's happening in Turkey now in terms of disaster management?
    * How does the nation prepare their structures for earthquakes?
    * How often does Turkey get earthquakes? How does this affect the level of preparedness?
    * What are the practices and training required to be prepared for earthquakes?
    * Should we worry about earthquakes?
    * What are some lessons learned from the 2011 Van earthquakes in Turkey?
    * How is Disaster Management interdisciplinary?
    * What's so significant about Mount Meager, a volcano with glacial ice covering it, outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada?
    * What happened to Mount Meager in 2010?
    * What kind of gases can injure or kill researchers who go to the top of these glaciated volcanoes?
    * How is climate change affecting glaciated volcanoes like Mount Meager?
    * Big volcanic eruptions can put ash in the atmosphere. How does this affect the skies and weather in nearby regions of the entire world?
    * What are the clusters of volcanoes along the West Coast of North America?
    * What is the "ring" with "plates" underneath around the Pacific Ocean and why is it important?
    * Which mountain poses a threat to Seattle, Washington State, United States?
    * Which famous volcano erupted on the US West Coast in May 1980? What happened?
    * How do landslides resulting from volcanoes pose a risk to communities?
    * Which famous volcanic eruption occurred in Italy during the Roman Empire and destroyed the city of Pompeii?
    * Why would it be more dangerous if this volcano erupted today?
    Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan is Associate Professor in the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Source: https://stat.metu.edu.tr/en/burcak-basbug-erkan
    Dr. Gio Roberti is Section Head, Minerva Intelligence in Vancouver, Canada. Source: https://minervaintelligence.com/about-us/
    Earthquakes: S01 E13 Earthquakes, Disaster Management Education & Protecting Communities: Interview with Dr. Burçak Başbuğ Erkan
    Link to original episode: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/multi-hazards/id/14935682
    From original's 12:35 - 23:45 minutes mark (TOTAL 10:50) and original's 27:57 - 33:41 minutes mark (TOTAL 4:44)
    Volcanoes: S01 E02 Volcanoes, Landslides & Artificial Intelligence: Interview with Dr. Gio Roberti
    Link to original episode: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/multi-hazards/id/14536736
    From original's 11:20 to 28:39 minutes (TOTAL 17:19)
    Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
    Outro: "Nine Lives" by Unicorn Heads
    Episode Photos by Richter Scale Image by Tumisu from Pixabay and the rest are from Befunky Collages

    • 42 min
    Environmental Racism with Dr. Ingrid Waldron

    Environmental Racism with Dr. Ingrid Waldron

    Can the environment be racist? No, but those with power can use it to further marginalise racialised communities. Industries, landfills and other large and small-scale projects are seldom put into affluent White neighbourhoods by the government and corporations, but more often where Indigenous, Black and Brown people live.
    Today the Multi-Hazards Podcast features Dr. Ingrid Waldron, professor at McMaster University, author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities and co-producer of the documentary film of the same name on Netflix. Join us as we discuss environmental racism and how communities and their allies are fighting for environmental justice.
    Direct download: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/multi-hazards/Environmental_Racism_with_Dr_Ingrid_Waldron.mp3
    Best-looking link: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/20763668
    Study Guide here, click where it says "PDF" on the middle left: https://multi-hazards.libsyn.com/environmental-racism-with-dr-ingrid-waldron
    Topics include:
    * What exactly is "environmental racism"?  "Racialised communities"?
    * Where do the communities that are often targeted by governments and corporations and their environmental racism live?
    * How has Ingrid's background and journey led her into this topic?
    * Why is environmental racism a very political topic?
    * Why are sociologists just as important as environmental scientists to deal with the social aspects of the environment?
    * How is environmental racism different from the term "environmental justice"?  
    * How does environmental racism fit into the big picture of systemic racism that includes "high unemployment rates, income insecurity, poverty, food insecurity, poorly resourced neighbourhoods," etc.?
    * What is "intersectionality"?  Who first used this phrase and why?  What are the various elements that can "intersect"?
    * Why would, for example, landfills or industries, not be placed in or near white upper or middle class communities?  What do they have that racialised communities do not have?
    * What are the "social determinants of health"?
    * What are some of the social institutions where racism is embedded in?
    * How did Ingrid get connected with actor Elliott Page?
    * Why did releasing the "There's Something in the Water" film on Netflix right when the global pandemic first arrived ensure more people watched?  Why was this such a huge coincidence?
    * Why was the film's emotional impact so obvious?
    * Who are the Mikmaq First Nations and also the African Nova Scotians? What kind of environmental racism happened to their communities?
    * What kinds of resistance, mobilising and activism are Indigenous and Black communities using in their fight against environmental racism?
    * Beyond political resistance, why is policy making so important?
    * Why is raising awareness so crucial?
    * What needs to change in the Canadian education system?  Why are young people a priority to reach?
    * Why do White folks have difficulty empathising with Black, Indigenous and other racialised communities?
    * Why do the media focus on White women who are murdered and missing and most often ignore the ones who are non-White?
    * What are some exciting new developments in the fight against environmental racism?
    Dr. Ingrid Waldron's Bio:
    Dr. Ingrid Waldron (MA, University of London; PhD, University of Toronto) is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University. She teaches Peace, Environment and Health and Race, Place & Geographies of Violence in Indigenous & Black Communities (Special Topics Course) in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities. She also teaches Social Justice Perspectives on Gender and Health in the Gender Studies and Feminist Research Graduate Program in the Faculty of Humanities.
    Dr. Waldron is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environme

    • 1 hr 6 min

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