An irreverent but useful podcast about disaster response, emergency management, mobilization culture, community resilience, and life in emergency operations.
Episode 31: The 9/11 Ferry Evacuation
The Dukes relive a heroic day with Drs. Tricia Wachtendorf and James Kendra, authors of American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11. From the first impact on the towers, boat captains came by the dozens to rescue hundreds of thousands of survivors in under nine hours. If you don't know this story, you should. Tricia and Jim use it to explore a whole new theory of disaster management. Plus: Andrew learns the Texas Chicken Maneuver and, yes, Mitch cheated. ALSO, we swear (but only about New Jersey). (Some audio borrowed from Boatlift, a brief documentary about the evacuation that you should check out on YouTube).
Episode 30: The Social Roots of Risk with Kathleen Tierney
Mitch and Andrew swallow the red pill with Kathleen Tierney, the former head of the Natural Hazards Center, and learn how society creates disaster risk as well as how homeland security after 9/11 made things worse, not better. Plus, the best congressional testimony of all time (seriously) and how one stroke of a President's pen hurt the professionalization of emergency management. Also, which FEMA Director would be which Marvel Avenger? and we ALMOST get Mitch's Wifi password on the air.
Episode 29: Sheri Fink Talks the 2017 Hurricanes
Pulitzer-prize winning author and New York Times journalist Sheri Fink ("Five Days At Memorial") for some reason agrees to visit the Dukes! She takes us on an intense tour of health and medical lessons from the historic 2017 Coastal Storm season, including stops in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Plus, we learn how Sheri first got obsessed (er, interested) in disasters in the Balkans, and why she always asks her interviewees about their last drills but never goes to see disaster movies. And, yes, it took Mitch years to make a go kit for his wife, but he feels really bad about it now.
Episode 28: Women in Emergency Management
The Dukes shut up (for once) and hand things over to their crack co-hosts, Drs. Nicolette Louissaint and Samantha Montano, to discuss the personal and professional journeys of women in Emergency Management. Joined by Sarah Miller and Susamma Seeley, we cover everything from first mentors to being the only woman in the room to why every single middle age white guy needs to explain things to you and check in about your hair. Really? Plus, it's a bigger problem: If emergency managers keep creating rooms without women, how will they make sure they serve all survivors? No worries: We have an Improvement Plan on the way, and mostly no F-bombs.
Episode 27: I AM IAEM, AM I?
The Dukes hotwash the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) conference and programs with a whole host of experts - Susamma Seeley, Sarah Miller, Diane Logsdon and Andrew McGuire. From Tech (Drones! Smart Cars!) to Education (Are EM degrees worth it?) to Healthcare (Yes, there are healthcare emergency managers), we catch you up on all the latest issues in your global network of fine disaster practitioners. Pro tip: Pronounce it "I'AM" Also: we take a look at the culture of emergency management, which is working to diversify, but still has a ways to go.
Episode 26: How many drugs will it take to save Puerto Rico?
The Dukes bring on Nicolette Louissaint, the Executive Director of Healthcare Ready, to talk about the Hurricane Maria disaster in Puerto Rico, the federal response to that disaster, and her organization's work helping the healthcare system to recover. Spoiler alert: It's all about comms and logistics. Plus, Nicolette can do wicked things with bombs and mashed potatoes, Andrew plans to rule IAEM and Mitch realizes he actually has no idea what silicon is (trust us, it's relevant). And, yes, we totally forgot to cover the US Virgin Islands, like everybody else, but we feel really bad about it.
Love the show. The host do a great job and the guest provide incredible insight into EM field.
Diverse pool of knowledge
If you want to learn about all sorts of interesting aspects of emergency management, exploring details that you might not have considered, you can either attend a bunch of long conferences and try not to fall asleep or you can listen to Dukes of Hazards. I’ve listened to nearly every episode and I have been very entertained so far. My favorite aspect is that the guests come from a variety of backgrounds, public, private, and academic sectors included. Keep it up!
Entertaining and Informative
The Dukes bring a great dose of humor to conversations about Emergency Management. Episodes will appeal to anyone in the profession as well as those with a casual interest in disaster preparedness. I look forward to more conversations and stories from diverse guests on the show.