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PrepPrepTalks 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.

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In her PrepTalk, 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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PrepTalks are organized by the following categories:

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

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The podcast team shares why they developed “The Big One: Your Survival Guide” and how storytelling can help compel people to take action and prepare for disasters.
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Professor Claudine Jaenichen explains how design standards can overcome the cognitive biases that impede our ability to make the right decision when confronted with an emergency.
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James Gore focuses on lessons in leadership and collaboration from the 2017 Tubbs Fire response and recovery and highlights the value of whole community participation.
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Dr. Charles “Chick” Macal explains the elements of complex adaptive systems, the tools used to analyze systems, and how systems thinking can improve emergency management.
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Dr. Jarrod Goentzel demonstrates how the private sector has far more capacity to respond to emergencies than the public sector and explains how emergency managers can support supply chain restoration.
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Dr. Yossi Sheffi explains the modes of failure in supply chain networks, explores new ways to think about disruptions and the complexities of supply chain management.
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Brooke Buddemeier educates emergency managers, community leaders, and the public on the effects of a nuclear detonation, critical protective actions, and the role of local emergency responders.
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Philip Mann explains how public works departments and emergency managers must work together to restore critical services after a disaster.
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Dr. Sheri Fink shares case studies that demonstrate the complexities of prioritizing limited resources and the importance of ensuring systems can support operational decisions.
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Sean Kevelighan shares the pivotal role that insurance plays in people’s lives and communities, both before and after a disaster.
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Last updated February 18, 2021