The FEMA Podcast

By Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Telling the story of what FEMA does and how we do it, and providing a call to action for the nation to prepare for potential disasters.

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Series Preview: A Look Back at the 1993 & 2008 Midwest Floods
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">This preview kicks off a week long commemoration of two flooding events remembered as some of the most devastating our nation has ever endured. While the magnitude and severity of the Great Midwest Flood of 1993 and the 2008 Midwest floods broke a long list of historic records during the months of deluge they wrought to America&rsquo;s Heartland, it was the resiliency and hard-fought recovery of the communities that were impacted that remain the lasting memory of these events.</p>
Aug 03, 2018
From the Bottoms to a Bluff
<p>After 15 feet of floodwater inundated Valmeyer, Illinois in 1993, the town knew they wanted to revive the community, but in a smart, resilient way.&nbsp;On this episode, we&nbsp;talk to former Valmeyer mayor, Dennis Knobloch, and long-time local, Lucy Engbring, to learn how a community of determined residents and city leaders successfully moved their entire town two miles away, and 400 feet in the air.</p>
Aug 03, 2018
Agency Update: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Turns 50
<p>August 1st, 2018,&nbsp;marks the 50th anniversary of the National Flood Insurance Act, the guiding legislation for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). On this agency update, we talk to David Maurstad, chief executive of the National Flood Insurance Program, about the history and the future of the NFIP.</p>
Jul 31, 2018
Disaster Planning
<p>On this episode, Josh Dozer, Director of the Planning and Exercise Division at FEMA Headquarters, joins the podcast for a look at how FEMA, and its partners, plan for a variety of disaster and emergency scenarios, including some you would expect, but others you might be surprised by. From hurricanes, to space weather, or tornadoes to Ebola - this episode of the FEMA podcast is all about disaster planning.</p>
Jul 31, 2018
Living History: How Two Devastating Disasters Changed Iowa and the Nation – For the Better
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">The summers of 1993 and 2008 have one thing in common:&nbsp; Historic, devastating floods.&nbsp; The state of Iowa was severely impacted by both events.&nbsp; John Miller had a unique, front-row seat to both disasters &ndash; first as a FEMA Regional Administrator who oversaw the agency&rsquo;s role in much of the 1993 flood recovery for four Midwestern states &ndash; and then as a local official for Black Hawk County, Iowa in 2008 when floods would again devastate the state.&nbsp; Hear his unique perspective of how two events, 15 years apart, caused changes to better protect lives and property, and the steps others can take to continue forging a more resilient nation.&nbsp;</p>
Jul 31, 2018
10 Years After Disaster: The University of Iowa Stands Tall in Flood Protection
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">In the summer of 2008, the University of Iowa suffered a disaster beyond imagination.&nbsp; The usually scenic Iowa River that winds through campus became a formidable enemy to the state&rsquo;s largest higher-education institution when it raged beyond its banks to historic flood levels, damaging more than 22 campus buildings.&nbsp; The university had to move quickly &ndash; not only to stay in business but to begin what would become an eight-year journey of recovery.&nbsp; University Architect Rod Lehnertz, who led the campus restoration, tells that story of recovery, the lessons learned and how the university is fighting back to minimize the impact of future floods.&nbsp;</p>
Jul 31, 2018
10 Years After Disaster: A First-Hand Look at Iowa’s Historic Flood Recovery
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">In the summer of 2008, much of the state of Iowa was under siege from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.&nbsp; As a result, 85 of Iowa&rsquo;s 99 counties were designated for federal disaster assistance.&nbsp; Beth Freeman experienced the 2008 flooding first-hand when her community of Cedar Rapids was devastated.&nbsp; She then went on to oversee FEMA funding for thousands of recovery projects throughout the state.&nbsp; Hear her story &hellip; and how a decade of resilient actions has better prepared Iowa for future disasters.</p>
Jul 31, 2018
28 Years of the ADA
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is 28 years old and FEMA remains committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to its programs and the programs we coordinate during disasters. This week we discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act with Linda Mastandrea, FEMA&rsquo;s Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC).</p>
Jul 25, 2018
Roundtable Discussion Live at the Youth Preparedness Council Summit
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">FEMA created the&nbsp;Youth Preparedness Council&nbsp;(YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities, by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The YPC supports FEMA&rsquo;s commitment to involve America&rsquo;s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage young people by taking into account their perspectives, feedback and opinions.</p> <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">On this episode of the FEMA Podcast, we sit down with members of the Council at the 2018 Youth Preparedness Council Summit to get their perspective on the importance of youth preparedness in America.&nbsp;</p>
Jul 18, 2018
Agency Update: FEMA Releases the 2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report
<p>FEMA recently released its 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report.&nbsp;The report examines the agency&rsquo;s performance during the record breaking season. Last year, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated the nation at a time when FEMA was already supporting 692 federally declared disasters. During response to the three catastrophic hurricanes, FEMA also responded to the historic wildfires in California. The report captures transformative insights from a historic hurricane season that will help FEMA, the emergency management community, and the nation chart the path into the future. On this Agency Update, we discuss the report and its implications with Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery, Jeff Byard, and Director of the National Preparedness Assessment Division, Katherine Fox.</p>
Jul 17, 2018
Waverly, Indiana – Transforming a Community with Vision, Determination … and Mitigation
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">How do you move a whole town out of harm&rsquo;s way while preserving the town&rsquo;s history and keeping it as a functional community space?</p> <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">For more than 100 years, a small riverside town in Waverly, Indiana, endured repeated flooding. By 2005, state and local officials began to address the problem, and over the last decade the community has transformed into a living history park with restored and reclaimed historical structures, added walking paths, canoe/kayak portage sites, and other amenities. We visited this transformed landscape to learn more about the FEMA hazard mitigation grants and additional state, local, and private sector funding that was used to acquire properties in the floodplain. Property owners voluntarily sold their property so the land could be returned to open space, reducing the amount of emergency response resources that are required during flood events in Morgan County.</p>
Jul 10, 2018
Actualización de la Agencia- El Programa de Asistencia de Alojamiento Transitorio (o TSA en inglés) de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias conocido como FEMA finaliza en Texas y Puerto Rico.
<p>El Programa de Asistencia de Alojamiento Transitorio (o TSA en ingl&eacute;s) finaliza en Texas y Puerto Rico el <strong>s&aacute;bado, 30 de junio de 2018, </strong>para los residentes afectados por los huracanes del oto&ntilde;o pasado.&nbsp; El programa de TSA fue dise&ntilde;ado para ofrecer alojamiento a corto plazo, como estad&iacute;as en hoteles, a las personas afectadas por estos huracanes.&nbsp; En esta edici&oacute;n especial del Podcast de FEMA, hablaremos con Emilia Diaz, &nbsp;Analista del Programa de Recuperaci&oacute;n de FEMA para que nos explique el programa de TSA y como este trabaja en concierto con organizaciones gubernamentales y organizaciones sin &aacute;nimo de lucro para asistir a los sobrevivientes en la transici&oacute;n de refugios provisionales a corto plazo a alojamiento a una vivienda m&aacute;s estable a largo plazo.</p>
Jun 27, 2018
Agency Update – Transitional Sheltering Assistance in Texas and Puerto Rico Ending
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">FEMA&rsquo;s Transitional Sheltering Assistance for Texas and Puerto Rican residents affected by last fall&rsquo;s hurricanes will be ending <strong>Saturday, June 30, 2018</strong>.&nbsp; The program was designed to provided short-term accommodations&mdash;such as hotel stays&mdash;for individuals impacted by these Hurricanes. On this Update edition of the FEMA Podcast, we speak with Zach Usher, Branch Chief for Mass Care, FEMA, to help explain the TSA program and how it fits into a combined effort by governmental and nonprofit agencies to assist disaster survivors&rsquo; transition from short-term sheltering to longer-term housing.</p>
Jun 27, 2018
CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Teams) in Action
<p>FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training teaches important life skills to that help individuals and communities better prepare for disasters or large events they may encounter.</p>
Jun 25, 2018
Flood Insurance- Mandatory Purchase Requirement
<p>Homes and businesses in high-risk flood areas with loans, including mortgages, from federally regulated lenders are required to have flood insurance. This is called a &ldquo;mandatory purchase requirement&rdquo; under the National Flood Insurance Program.&nbsp; On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we discuss this requirement in more detail and explain who is and who is not required to buy flood insurance.</p>
Jun 19, 2018
Closing the Insurance Gap
<p style="margin-left:4.5pt; margin-right:0in">Floods are the most common natural disaster in our nation, yet less than 50 percent of homes in the highest risk area across the country are insured against this type of disaster.</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt; margin-right:0in">To understand the idea of closing the insurance gap, we sat down with David Maurstad, FEMA&rsquo;s assistant administrator for federal insurance, to discuss Administrator Long&rsquo;s vision for equipping Americans with the knowledge and the call to action to financially prepare for disasters.</p>
Jun 12, 2018
Hurricane Hunters
<p>We catch up with the brave men and women of the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters.&nbsp; Major Nicole Mitchell, who is a meteorologist with the hunters, gives us a tour of the aircraft and discusses what it&rsquo;s like to fly right through the most intense parts of a hurricane.</p>
Jun 06, 2018
Conversation with Andy Neal, Chief Actuary of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">FEMA&rsquo;s own Andy Neal (and team) from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), was chosen as one of the 27 finalists for the Management Excellence Category of the Samuel J Heyman Service to America Medal &ndash; the &ldquo;Sammie&rdquo;. On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we talk with Andy Neal about the process of diversifying the NFIP&rsquo;s risk through reinsurance, and what the Sammie Nomination has meant for his program.</p>
May 29, 2018
Conversation with Ken Graham, Director National Hurricane Center
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Ken Graham is the Director of NOAA&rsquo;s National Hurricane Center located in Miami, FL. He joins the Podcast while in Montgomery, AL at one of the annual Hurricane Awareness Tour stops and discusses some of the things the Hurricane Center learned from the 2017 hurricane season and how the center is working to provide better information to save lives and property.</p>
May 21, 2018
Making "Cents" of Disasters
<p>Did you know more than 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, making it extremely difficult to recover from an emergency&mdash;whether it is a natural disaster or a broken water heater?</p> <p>When people hear about disaster preparedness, regardless of the hazard, we often do not focus much on the financial aspect and financial preparedness. Having a financial preparedness plan is an important part of your overall emergency plan. Being financially prepared can make a huge difference following disasters. On this episode, Alan Becker, the host of the radio program, Retire Right Radio joins the FEMA Podcast to discuss the importance of putting yourself in the best position to bounce back financially from a disaster.&nbsp;</p>
May 15, 2018
Immersed in Mitigation
<p>Immersed is a Virtual Reality experience developed by FEMA and its partners that puts the users at the very center of a flood crisis and uses that experience to understand the costs and impacts of flooding, but also to see the benefits of actions that communities can take to prevent that flooding mitigation. In this episode, we explore this exciting tool and how it will help local officials and eventually the public make better decisions about their risks.</p>
May 08, 2018
FEMA Administrator’s Strategic Plan
<p>A conversation with Administrator Brock Long on his vision for the future of FEMA as well as the recently released FEMA Strategic Plan. The Administrator discusses how the Strategic plan charts a path forward for FEMA as well as the emergency management system in the United States. Administrator Long was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began his service as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June 2017. &nbsp;Mr. Long has more than 16 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state, and Federal Governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs.&nbsp;</p>
Apr 13, 2018
1997 Floods: East Grand Forks Minnesota, From Tragedy To Resilience
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">For many Minnesotans, the spring of 1997 is a stark memory of catastrophic, costly flooding along the Red River. Water as deep as 54 feet spilled three miles inland to flood entire towns. One of the hardest hit communities was East Grand Forks, Minn., where 99 percent of homes were affected by the disaster, and the entire city&rsquo;s population had to be evacuated due to the rapidly rising waters.</p> <p>Such a large recovery was hard fought and long-term, requiring the coordination of many to get it done. Local, state and federal agencies, along with voluntary agencies, community organizations, local businesses and residents were all a critical part of the rebuilding process.</p>
Apr 13, 2018
Severe Weather Time in the Midwest -- Podcast
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Iowa and Nebraska emergency management discussing preparedness measures ahead of severe weather with FEMA Region VII</p>
Mar 29, 2018
Earthquake Preparedness Podcast
<p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Cheickh Koma of FEMA and Jeff Briggs, the Earthquake Manager for the State of Missouri discuss Earthquake and New Madrid history and preparedness.</p>
Feb 22, 2018