PrepTalks: New perspectives for emergency managers

PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers.

To assist emergency managers with implementing insights from the PrepTalks, each PrepTalk page includes the video, facilitator slides and a discussion guide to assist with whole community planning.

Featured PrepTalk

In her PrepTalk, Dr. Fink shares two real-world case studies that demonstrate the value of situational awareness, the complexities of prioritizing limited resources, and the importance of ensuring systems can effectively support operational decisions.

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PrepTalks are organized by the following categories:

  • Threats, Hazards, Risks
  • Communications & Situational Awareness
  • Individuals & Civic Engagement
  • Local Government & Community Partners
  • Emergency Management Leadership

Search below for videos and discussion materials.

Dr. Sophia Liu highlights the important role of social media in disasters and how citizens can assist with data collection, processing, and analysis.

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Dr. Howard Kunreuther discusses how common human biases affect decision-making under uncertainty and how these biases result in people underpreparing for disasters.

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Kate Konschnik explains how electricity is generated in the U.S. and offers considerations for emergency managers to prepare their communities for extended power outages.

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Dr. Carolyn Kousky demonstrates the essential role of insurance in disaster recovery and offers suggestions for how to overcome challenges to increasing insurance coverage across America.

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Aaron Titus challenges emergency managers to acknowledge the limitations of command and control systems and to rethink how we interact with the community.

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Jan Peelen explains the Netherland’s historic battle with flooding and shares a framework for creating flood risk mitigation programs.

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David Kaufman explains the pathways of success for emergency managers as our society continues to change and grow.

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Stuart Tom explains the importance of building codes, how codes are developed, adopted and enforced, and how the community can be involved in the process.

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Daniel Homsey shares his tools empowering neighborhoods and shows how preparing neighbors to help themselves prepares the community.

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Chief Brian Fennessy discusses his path to leadership and why a mission-driven culture is critical to organizational success.

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