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EM Weekly is the podcast for emergency managers, by emergency managers. We’ll cover everything that impacts you as an emergency manager, including the latest in technology, preparedness, strategy, and tactics. Our goal is to provide you with real insights into the world of emergency management, as well as give you an opportunity to get to know the people behind the job. So grab a drink, pull up a chair, and join us for EM Weekly, where the conversation is always lively, informative, and predictably unexpected.

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EM Weekly is the podcast for emergency managers, by emergency managers. We’ll cover everything that impacts you as an emergency manager, including the latest in technology, preparedness, strategy, and tactics. Our goal is to provide you with real insights into the world of emergency management, as well as give you an opportunity to get to know the people behind the job. So grab a drink, pull up a chair, and join us for EM Weekly, where the conversation is always lively, informative, and predictably unexpected.

Learn more: www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links
Podcast Network: The Readiness Lab
Owned and operated by Doberman Emergency Management

    Episdoe 29 - NPS Debrief and ChatGPT 4o AUDIO

    Episdoe 29 - NPS Debrief and ChatGPT 4o AUDIO

    In today's episode, Zack provides a debrief of his experience at the National Preparedness Symposium at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, highlighting the topics and trends discussed. Zack presented on the use of AI in emergency management and the need for understanding its limitations. Other big discussions included the importance of the national qualification system, the use of IPAWS for emergency notifications, cybersecurity, dealing with homelessness and migration, civil unrest and election security, and preparations for the World Cup.

    Anyone who hasn't been to the CDP or to NPS should try to attend! The CDP was an amazing facility with a ton of training opportunities and the NPS was a fantastic conference. Network, network, network!

    Zack also provides some info on the latest ChatGPT 4o update and the new voice assistant mode! Can this be used for Sim Cell and other functions? Listen in and find out what this can do! Support our podcast!

    Everything EM Weekly: www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links
    Access the AI tools by signing up for the The Readiness Lab Insider Subscription: https://www.thereadinesslab.com/the-eoc

    Leading During Crisis is a Masterclass taught by Peter T. Gaynor CEM® , who held one of the highest offices in the federal government while leading the nation through numerous disasters: https://courses.femapete.com/a/2147740050/5SZFSgu7

    Major Endorsements:
    L3Harris Technologies' BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: www.l3harris.com 

    Impulse: Bleeding Control Kits by professionals for professionals: https://lnkd.in/dWWBYJAa

    Doberman Emergency Management Group provides subject matter experts in planning and training: www.dobermanemg.com

    • 43 min
    Improving the Signal to Noise Ratio - The Next Evolution in Real Time Monitoring

    Improving the Signal to Noise Ratio - The Next Evolution in Real Time Monitoring

    Today we're joined by James Neufeld of Samdesk, a company that provides real-time monitoring and intelligence augmentation using AI and software. James, the founder and CEO of Samdesk, has a background in broadcast and journalism, which led him to recognize the need for a better way to gather and analyze information during crises.

    The conversation explores the importance of real-time information in emergency management and the challenges faced by traditional systems. It highlights the need for proactive and timely response to incidents, rather than reactive measures. The use of open-source intelligence (OSINT) and technology like Samdesk is discussed as a way to improve situational awareness and enhance decision-making. The conversation also touches on the value of trend analysis and data-driven insights in emergency management. Overall, the focus is on bridging the gap between left of bang (pre-incident) and right of bang (post-incident) to enable more effective emergency response.

    Check out Samdesk at https://samdesk.io/ and their upcoming Horizon Conference in Edmonton here https://samdesk.io/horizon-conference

    Connect with James: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesaneufeld/

    Support our podcast!
    Everything EM Weekly: www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links

    Access the AI tools by signing up for the The Readiness Lab Insider Subscription: https://www.thereadinesslab.com/the-eoc

    Leading During Crisis is a Masterclass taught by Peter T. Gaynor CEM® , who held one of the highest offices in the federal government while leading the nation through numerous disasters: https://courses.femapete.com/a/2147740050/5SZFSgu7

    Major Endorsements:
    L3Harris Technologies' BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: www.l3harris.com

    Impulse: Bleeding Control Kits by professionals for professionals: https://lnkd.in/dWWBYJAa

    Doberman Emergency Management Group provides subject matter experts in planning and training: www.dobermanemg.com

    • 51 min
    From Radios to Readiness - Pasco County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Evolution

    From Radios to Readiness - Pasco County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Evolution

    Andrew Donawa, an emergency manager within the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, discusses the unique role of law enforcement in emergency management. He highlights the importance of having dedicated emergency managers in every agency, regardless of the scale of the emergency. Andrew also shares his experiences in building an incident management team and the benefits of incorporating technology, such as L3 Harris radios and mobile command posts, into emergency response efforts.

    The conversation discusses the implementation of new communication technologies in emergency management, specifically the use of Communication Response Deployables (CRDs) and Nomad communication systems in Pasco County. Andrew and Zack highlight the benefits of these technologies, such as improved interoperability, increased redundancy, and enhanced communication capabilities during disasters. They also emphasize the importance of training and collaboration with IT departments to ensure the successful integration of these technologies. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the establishment of an Incident Management Team and the importance of training and exercising to enhance preparedness.  

    Takeaways
    Law enforcement agencies can benefit from incorporating emergency management practices, such as incident management teams, to improve coordination and response during major incidents.Technology, such as L3 Harris radios and mobile command posts, plays a crucial role in enhancing communication and resource management in emergency response. - Emergency managers should actively engage in fieldwork to better understand the needs and challenges faced by first responders and to build effective partnerships.Interoperability and collaboration between different agencies and jurisdictions are essential for successful emergency management. The implementation of Communication Response Deployables (CRDs) and Nomad communication systems in emergency management can greatly enhance communication capabilities during disasters.Training and collaboration with IT departments are crucial for the successful integration of these communication technologies.Support our podcast!
    Everything EM Weekly: www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links
    Access the AI tools by signing up for the The Readiness Lab Insider Subscription: https://www.thereadinesslab.com/the-eoc
    Leading During Crisis is a Masterclass taught by Peter T. Gaynor CEM® , who held one of the highest offices in the federal government while leading the nation through numerous disasters: https://courses.femapete.com/a/2147740050/5SZFSgu7

    Major Endorsements:
    L3Harris Technologies' BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: www.l3harris.com 
    Impulse: Bleeding Control Kits by professionals for professionals: https://lnkd.in/dWWBYJAa
    Doberman Emergency Management Group provides subject matter experts in planning and training: www.dobermanemg.com

    • 42 min
    What Happens When the sun Blinks - Planning for the Eclipse

    What Happens When the sun Blinks - Planning for the Eclipse

    In this episode, Zack discusses the upcoming eclipse and its impact on communities. He emphasizes the importance of preparedness and readiness for large events, regardless of their scale. Zack highlights the anticipated impacts of the eclipse, such as increased traffic and congestion, and the strain on critical infrastructure. He also addresses communication challenges and the need for emergency response planning.

    Additionally, Zack discusses the importance of healthcare facilities and emergency services in handling the surge in demand during the eclipse. He suggests declaring a state of emergency to access additional resources and funding. Zack provides guidance on preparing the community, managing crowds, and ensuring public safety. He encourages learning from previous eclipse events and finalizing emergency plans. Finally, Zack emphasizes the importance of monitoring and adjusting plans and setting up the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) plan.

    Takeaways
    Prepare for large events by considering the potential impacts on traffic, critical infrastructure, and communication.Anticipate increased demand on healthcare facilities and emergency services during large events.Consider declaring a state of emergency to access additional resources and funding.Engage with stakeholders, communicate with the public, and coordinate with partner agencies to ensure a coordinated response.Monitor the situation, adjust plans as necessary, and set up the EOC plan to effectively manage the event.

    Support our podcast!
    Everything EM Weekly: www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links
    Access the AI tools by signing up for the The Readiness Lab Insider Subscription: https://www.thereadinesslab.com/the-eoc
    Leading During Crisis is a Masterclass taught by Peter T. Gaynor CEM® , who held one of the highest offices in the federal government while leading the nation through numerous disasters: https://courses.femapete.com/a/2147740050/5SZFSgu7

    Major Endorsements: L3Harris Technologies' BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: www.l3harris.com Impulse:
    Bleeding Control Kits by professionals for professionals: https://lnkd.in/dWWBYJAa
    Doberman Emergency Management Group provides subject matter experts in planning and training: www.dobermanemg.com

    • 37 min
    Communication Outages - Dust off Your PACE Plan

    Communication Outages - Dust off Your PACE Plan

    In this episode, Zack discusses the cell phone outage affecting major carriers and emphasizes the importance of having a PACE (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency) communication plan. He explores alternate communication methods such as landlines, Wi-Fi, and smart devices, and contingency methods like satellite phones and radios. Zack also mentions the impact of solar flares on communication systems and highlights the need for communication plans during events like the solar eclipse. He advises emergency managers to consider transportation and mass casualty plans and suggests utilizing real events for testing and planning communication strategies. Zack concludes by encouraging listeners to share their experiences and solutions.

    Takeaways
    - Have a PACE (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency) communication plan in place. - Explore alternate communication methods like landlines, Wi-Fi, and smart devices.
    - Consider contingency communication methods such as satellite phones and radios.
    - Plan for communication disruptions caused by solar flares and other natural events.
    - Develop communication plans for events with increased population.
    - Utilize real events as opportunities to test and improve communication strategies. Support our podcast!

    Everything EM Weekly:www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links
    Access the AI tools by signing up for the The Readiness Lab Insider Subscription: https://www.thereadinesslab.com/the-eoc
    Leading During Crisis is a Masterclass taught by Peter T. Gaynor CEM® , who held one of the highest offices in the federal government while leading the nation through numerous disasters: https://courses.femapete.com/a/2147740050/5SZFSgu7

    Major Endorsements:
    L3Harris Technologies' BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: www.l3harris.com
    Paladin, an Acela Company: Riding to the final destination with the Cube, a mobile MCI refrigerated morgue: www.paladinprepare.com
    Impulse: Bleeding Control Kits by professionals for professionals: https://lnkd.in/dWWBYJAa
    Doberman Emergency Management Group provides subject matter experts in planning and training: www.dobermanemg.com

    • 20 min
    The Secret to Readiness is Right Nextdoor - Joseph Porcelli

    The Secret to Readiness is Right Nextdoor - Joseph Porcelli

    Joseph Porcelli, the Global Public Agency, Life Safety & Disaster Response Lead at Nextdoor, discusses the importance of connecting neighbors and building community resilience. He shares his journey from taking action in his own neighborhood to joining Nextdoor and working with emergency managers across the country. Porcelli emphasizes the value of service and the power of asking for and offering help. He highlights the Storm Crew initiative on Nextdoor and the role it plays in reducing the burden on government and fostering connections between neighbors. Porcelli also discusses the importance of incremental preparedness and the use of polls to engage communities. He encourages emergency managers to utilize Nextdoor's platform for effective communication and outreach. Connect with Joseph: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephporcelli/

    Support our podcast!
    Everything EM Weekly: www.thereadinesslab.com/em-weekly-links
    Access AI tools and more by signing up for the The Readiness Lab Insider Subscription: https://www.thereadinesslab.com/the-eoc
    Leading During Crisis is a Masterclass taught by Peter T. Gaynor, who held one of the highest offices in the federal government while leading the nation through numerous disasters: https://courses.femapete.com/a/2147740050/5SZFSgu7
    Major Endorsements:
    L3Harris Technologies' BeOn PPT App. Learn more about this amazing product here: www.l3harris.com
    Paladin, an Acela Company: Riding to the final destination with the Cube, a mobile MCI refrigerated morgue: www.paladinprepare.com
    Impulse: Bleeding Control Kits by professionals for professionals: https://lnkd.in/dWWBYJAa
    Doberman Emergency Management Group provides subject matter experts in planning and training: www.dobermanemg.com

    • 38 min

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