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Before, During & After

Before During & After

"Before, During & After" is a podcast for emergency managers. Join us for insights into where emergency management is headed, conversation about preparing for the threats of tomorrow and how everyone has a role in keeping communities safe from disaster.

Future podcast episodes will cover FEMA’s work in implementing its strategic plan as well as recent disaster recovery efforts and resources available to better prepare for future risks.

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Episode 97: Colorado’s Marshall Fire Donations and Resource Center

On this episode, we’re highlighting the State of Colorado and their successful partnership with voluntary organizations to set up a donations management and resource center following the Marshall Fire that burned over 6,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County in late December 2021. The partnership is a shining example of how the public sector and voluntary organizations can come together to maximize assistance to those in need.

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Episode 97: Colorado’s Marshall Fire Donations and Resource Center

On this episode, we’re highlighting the State of Colorado and their successful partnership with voluntary organizations to set up a donations management and resource center following the Marshall Fire that burned over 6,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County in late December 2021. The partnership is a shining example of how the public sector and voluntary organizations can come together to maximize assistance to those in need.

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Episode 96: 10 Year Anniversary of Wireless Emergency Alerts

In 2012, FEMA created Wireless Emergency Alerts to send alert and warning messages through the agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. On today’s episode, we’ll talk about the countless ways Wireless Emergency Alerts have saved lives with Antwane Johnson, who has led the program since the beginning.

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Episode 95: The National Hurricane Program

On today's episode, we meet with members of the National Hurricane Program at the 2022 National Hurricane Conference to talk about how they work together to analyze forecast information and coordinate with emergency managers to assist them in making the best decisions to protect lives and property in their communities when hurricanes threaten.

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Episode 94: Role of Faith Based and Community Organizations in Emergency Management

A successful disaster response depends of the partnership of the whole community, including the tremendous support of voluntary organizations and the faith community. On today’s episode, we explore how leveraging the many strengths of neighborhood partners can ensure success before, during, and after disasters.

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Episode 93: Remembering Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary of the Storm

On this episode, FEMA remembers Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary of the storm by looking back at the impacts to the Mid-Atlantic and looking ahead to predicting the future effects of hurricanes in the region. We discuss how Hurricane Agnes shaped the field of emergency management and the how emergency managers today are still using lessons that were learned from the storm.

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Episode 92: Heat Awareness Day and the Many Ways FEMA is Making Climate Resilience a Priority

Climate change represents a profound crisis for our nation. On today’s episode, with National Heat Awareness Day upon us, we talk with three experts from FEMA about the challenges of extreme heat and why FEMA has made Climate Resilience one of our top strategic goals.

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Episode 91: Public Information in Emergency Management

On this episode, we sat down with two State Public Information Officers to discuss the importance of getting lifesaving information to the public during disasters. Greg Robinson, from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and Malary White, from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, highlight the challenges and successes they have seen during their careers as PIOs in the emergency management field.

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Episode 90: National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell at the National Hurricane Conference

As hurricane season approaches, we sat down with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham at the National Hurricane Conference to discuss how the agencies collaborate to share vital weather and preparedness information during a storm.

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Episode 89: An Equity Lens for Emergency Management

On this episode, we take a deep dive into FEMA's Strategic Goal #1: Instilling equity as a foundation of emergency management. We’ll talk with Associate Administrator Anne Bink about how FEMA is continually and deliberately choosing to use an equity lens in everything that we do.

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Episode 88: An Interview with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

In celebration of FEMA's 43rd Anniversary, we are relaunching the FEMA podcast by sitting down with Administrator Deanne Criswell to discuss her background, as well as agency priorities in the midst of expanding demands on the emergency management community.

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FEMA's "Before, During, After" podcast is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play to stream or download. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, new episodes are posted bi-weekly and include transcripts.

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