Emergency management is a growing discipline as our world has become increasingly more complex, interconnected, and vulnerable to hazards both natural and human caused. The role of the emergency manager, including leaders in public safety, has expanded and become more vital to cities, counties, states, and large organizations, and much of this work can be contained and effectively managed within projects, be they longer term plans, disaster recovery, mitigation measures or short-term emergency responses to a disaster. This podcast series focuses on project management topics for emergency managers. Come with us as we ride the wave!
E11 -Disaster Preparedness- Jeff Schlegelmilch, Director of NCDP at Columbia Univ. Earth Institute
I spoke with Jeff Schlegelmilch, a Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In this role he oversees the operations and strategic planning for the center. Before becoming director, he served as the center's deputy director for more than five years. He also oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness, including the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative. He is also a Lecturer in the Sustainability Management Program at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies. His areas of expertise include public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Prior his work at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sector for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response.
He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission. He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at all levels of government. He is an Opinion Contributor with The Hill and is frequently utilized as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets. He is also the author Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters published by Columbia University Press. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst in Health Policy and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.
We spoke about project and program management competencies in disaster planning, the challenges in managing different stakeholders, and measuring programs impacts. We also discussed the balance between emerging changes to emergency management and the diversity of community needs, given the increasing catastrophic disasters in the US.
His book: Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters
Resilient Children/Resilient Communities
NCDP Guide: Is it OK to send my child to school
E10 - Agile Crisis Leadership with Mark Chubb, Chief Resilience Officer for ManitouNW LLC
This episode features Mark Chubb, Chief Resilience Officer for ManitouNW LLC and Senior Fire Analyst at CODE LLC Corp.This is an extract from the webinar From Surviving to Thriving: How to Manage Crises and Create a Resilient Organization. Marks speaks about the application of agile crisis management in Bangladesh following the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 and the Portland Oregon Police Department following a series of officer involved shootings in 2008.
E9 - Riding The Wave Daniel Aldrich Northeastern
I spoke with Dr. Daniel P. Aldrich who is a professor and director of the Security and Resilience Program at Northeastern University. He researches post-disaster recovery, countering violent extremism, the siting of controversial facilities and the interaction between civil society and the state. He has published five books, more than fifty peer reviewed articles, and written op-eds for The New York Times, CNN, Asahi Shinbun, along with appearing on popular media outlets such as CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, and HuffPost. His research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, and he has carried out more than five years of fieldwork in Japan, India, Africa, and the Gulf Coast. Please see the following link for a longer bio: http://daldrich.weebly.com/bio--cv.html
We spoke about how social capital can bring people together both here in the USA and overseas to demonstrate greater resilience in the face of COVID-19 and how communities can establish stronger social ties while maintaining physical distance and stay-at-home measures. We also discussed the use of the term physical distancing vs. social distancing.
Dr. Aldrich’s website:
The Black Wave:
Social capital's role in humanitarian crises
E8 - Riding The Wave Andrew Boyarsky President Pinnacle Performance Management
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Since many of my guests on the podcast are professionals in emergency management and business continuity and have been going at full steam in response to COVID-19, it has been difficult to schedule interviews lately, and, to be clear, I have been jammed lately.
In this episode, once again the tables are turned, and I am interviewed by Dean Kameros, a friend, neighbor, and fan of the podcast. Dean works for a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company, and I want to thank him for playing host and allowing me to be the guest. We talked about what led up to this situation with COVID-19, how things are being handled, and what needs to be done in the immediate term, and what we might expect.
Links to sites that I reference in the podcast:
E7 - Riding The Wave Andrew Boyarsky President Pinnacle Performance Management
In this episode, the table is turned on me, and your regular host, Andrew Boyarsky, is interviewed by Katherine Boyarsky , the host’s niece who is a healthcare specialist (both bios below.)
In this episode we discuss how healthcare professionals and organizations need to prepare for handling COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, in their operations and what they may expect in the near term.
Andrew Boyarsky, MSM, PMP, CBCP, is President of Pinnacle Performance Management, and an emergency management and disaster recovery specialist with 25 years of experience in project management and 18 years in emergency management, business continuity, and disaster recovery. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in Project and Emergency Management at NYU and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).
Katherine Boyarsky is a registered nurse and oncology specialist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She also co-owns CXD Studio, a creative marketing agency, where she is responsible for managing marketing and copywriting services. Katherine is a regular contributor for Florence Health, a site dedicated to sharing information from healthcare providers to fellow providers.
Links that we discuss in this episode:
Johns Hopkins CSSE Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information on COVID-19 for Healthcare Professionals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19) technical guidance for patient management: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/patient-management
E6 - Riding The Wave Dante Disparte Chairman Risk Cooperative
In this episode, I spoke with Dante Disparte, who is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategy, risk and capital management firm focused on mid-market opportunities, market expansion and innovation on a global scale. He is the co-author of the book “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” and was recently selected as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and among the top 100 most influential leaders in D.C., in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list. Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Disparte served as the managing director of Clements Worldwide, a leading insurance brokerage with customers in more than 170 countries. He is also the Vice Chairman and Head of Policy and Communications for the Libra Association.
We about his proposed idea for a public/private initiative to fund bioterrorism and pandemic preparedness, the potential impacts to the insurance industry, and what risk managers can do to better prepare for a pandemic.
The World Needs a DARPA-Style Project to Prevent Pandemics by Tom Ridge and Dante Disparte
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Ounce of Prevention=Pound of Cure
As "the Black Elephant" I can highly recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to learn more about the subject of enterprise risk management (ERM) and related topics. The podcast features a variety of speakers from the risk, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery and resonse fields; definitely will help an organization identify the "ounce of preventative measures" to avoid the "pound of cure" by not acting.
N.B. this is, of course, the podcast Author