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Disaster Zone is hosted by Eric Holdeman, an emergency manager with over 30 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. Disaster Zone is a podcast that focuses on all facets of disasters; the before, during and after of events that are increasingly impacting communities around the world. Podcasts run between 35-45 minutes with a mix of guests covering a range of disasters and issues that flow from them.

Sponsors of this podcast include:Dynamis, a leading provider of information management software and security solutions. The Blue Cell, a by-design crisis and consequence management consulting firm.Bent Ear Solutions offers comprehensive capabilities and deep industry knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization.T-Mobile for Government provides innovative connectivity solutions that help government better serve citizens by enabling agencies to work more intelligently, efficiently, and securely.Story topics and suggestions for people to interview are welcomed. You can contact the host via email.

Podcast listeners might also be interested in the Disaster Zone Blog which is the number one blog on the topic of emergency management here in the United States.

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Disaster Zone is hosted by Eric Holdeman, an emergency manager with over 30 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. Disaster Zone is a podcast that focuses on all facets of disasters; the before, during and after of events that are increasingly impacting communities around the world. Podcasts run between 35-45 minutes with a mix of guests covering a range of disasters and issues that flow from them.

Sponsors of this podcast include:Dynamis, a leading provider of information management software and security solutions. The Blue Cell, a by-design crisis and consequence management consulting firm.Bent Ear Solutions offers comprehensive capabilities and deep industry knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization.T-Mobile for Government provides innovative connectivity solutions that help government better serve citizens by enabling agencies to work more intelligently, efficiently, and securely.Story topics and suggestions for people to interview are welcomed. You can contact the host via email.

Podcast listeners might also be interested in the Disaster Zone Blog which is the number one blog on the topic of emergency management here in the United States.

    Public-Private Partnerships for Disaster Resilience

    Public-Private Partnerships for Disaster Resilience

    The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) is very unique in that it is multi-national, public-private and bi-partisan in how it is organized and operates on a day-to-day basis. One organizational element of PNWER is its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) [Note: the Disaster Zone Podcast Host, Eric Holdeman is the Director]. In this podcast Matt Morrison, the Executive Director of PNWER is interviewed about how PNWER is organized and then we transition to talking about public private partnerships, critical infrastructures and how to keep those relationships functional. During the podcast we also touched on the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3) and how it functions at the national level.

    This episode is sponsored by Bent Ear Solutions which offers comprehensive capabilities and deep industry knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization. We advise public and private organizations on an all-inclusive approach to disaster preparedness that addresses governance, planning, operational procedures, technology implementation, training, and exercises in order to achieve a successful and sustainable program.

    • 44 min
    Using Emergency Management Interns

    Using Emergency Management Interns

    The City of Tacoma Office of Emergency Management is led by Tieka Adeogun. Tieka, having been an emergency management intern herself in several different positions, hired two staff, Arianna Topbjerg and Caleb Collins as interns using them to help accomplish the various missions of her office and the emergency management program. We learn from this director why and how she uses interns and the benefits of internships to the agency and to the interns themselves. We also hear from the two interns about their experiences in getting hired and the advantages that come from serving as an intern. 


    Dynamis, a leading provider of information management software and security solutions, is a sponsor of this podcast.

    • 43 min
    Drones and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

    Drones and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

    Aviation technology is making huge strides toward a future with unmanned drones and electric aircraft that will move people and goods via air transportation. Besides being able to use the skies more efficiently and with sustainability in mind, these new technologies from drones and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) will provide a wealth of new capabilities. JR Hammond the Executive Director of CAAM, the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium is the guest for this podcast. CAAM is a Federal Not for Profit organization that acts as the catalyst for the new Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry in Canada. Advanced Air Mobility is defined as unlocking Zero-Emission (Electric & Hydrogen) Aircraft to operate in Canada both as flying vehicles and larger commercial airplanes. AAM operations focus on moving people, goods and services in both piloted and remotely piloted aircraft on intra-urban and inter-regional routes.

    Merit is a first-of-its-kind, all-hazards, digital credentialing platform that equips emergency responders with innovative tools to securely manage their personnel on-site, no matter the situation. Merit's platform is relied on in mission-critical situations such as the Surfside building collapse and at secure Health and Human Service facilities and is trusted by a growing network of thousands of partners.

    • 43 min
    Pro Bono Lawyers for Disaster Justice

    Pro Bono Lawyers for Disaster Justice

    In 2021 almost one in three Americans experienced a weather related disaster. The aftermath of these disasters disproportionately devastate marginalized communities, and government aid programs like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reportedly favor white, rich people most. However, making public interest lawyers available to at-risk communities can help folks become prepared to respond to disasters before they occur and assist them in the aftermath. 
    In this podcast disaster resilience and preparation specialist Linda Anderson Stanley, Senior Program Manager at Equal Justice Works, shares how public interest lawyers are contributing to disaster preparedness and recovery efforts in communities across the country.
    You can find more information about their fellowship program at  Equal Justice Works (EJW) which has worked to build a pipeline of public interest lawyers, including through its Disaster Resilience Program which mobilizes Fellows in disaster prone areas to work with legal aid organizations to make vital legal services accessible and responsive to the unique needs of individual communities.

    • 36 min
    The Canada – United States Relationship

    The Canada – United States Relationship

    Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood is the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council  Greenwood also leads Crestview Strategy US where she serves as Partner and the Managing Director.  She is a former American diplomat to Canada and a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She also has her own   CANUSA STREET PODCAST 
    In this podcast we explore how the political system in Canada is vastly different from that of the United States. In the second half of the program we look at what makes the US and Canadian relationship so unique and the many economic connections that can still be expanded upon even more in the future. During the podcast she mentions the website https://travellikeits2019.ca/ which is a way to advance the reopening of the border by getting the NEXUS program back up and fully functional.

    This episode is sponsored by Bent Ear Solutions which offers comprehensive capabilities and deep industry knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization. We advise public and private organizations on an all-inclusive approach to disaster preparedness that addresses governance, planning, operational procedures, technology implementation, training, and exercises in order to achieve a successful and sustainable program.

    • 50 min
    Hurricane Andrew--30 Years Later

    Hurricane Andrew--30 Years Later

    Before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, there was Hurricane Andrew which made landfall in Dade County Florida on August 24, 1991—30 years ago. The hurricane caused catastrophic damages. In this podcast, Kate Hale, the then County Emergency Management Director shares that experience with us. This all happened a year after I started in emergency management. It was a huge event that impacted emergency management for years afterward. Listen and learn from a professional emergency manager who lived through that experience, sleeping on chairs at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for weeks. She has tips all of us can use when it comes our turn to face the maelstrom of disaster. Hear what she has to say about disaster recovery and also being improvisational in the midst of a disaster.

    This episode is sponsored by Unearth. Unearth’s emergency response software connects field responders and the command center, equipping teams with mobile tools for rapid damage assessments, real-time incident tracking, and seamless information sharing. Empower field teams where their work actually happens - reducing response times, optimizing resource management, and simplifying reporting with a dynamic, map-based field operations platform.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

MCP6969 ,

Experience matters....

Eric ran King Counties department of emergency management.He is one of the most experienced EM managers in the country and I look forward to learning more from him during his podcasts.

Word EM up ,

Knowledgeable and engaging

I have followed Eric’s expertise in emergency management for years, great to see him bring his critical, direct, and humorous approach to such an important topic.

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