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.

Search PrepTalks

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.

L. Vance Taylor shares the personal story of a shelter that failed to take into account the needs of people with access and functional needs, and how emergency managers can achieve better integrated planning.

illustration of page of paper

Michele Gay relays her personal experience as the parent of a child killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012 and presents a framework for comprehensive school safety.

illustration of page of paper

Kristina Anderson shares her experience during the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and translates her experience into priorities for schools to identify and mitigate potential threats.

illustration of page of paper

Dr. Lori Peek examines the needs of children in disasters and explains ways to work with children before disasters strike.

illustration of page of paper

Sarah Thompson demonstrates how children are the foundation for building a culture of preparedness and shares how to involve youth in disaster preparedness.

illustration of page of paper

John Hope Bryant explains why emergency managers should include financial literacy as a priority and how disaster recovery dollars could improve the financial resilience for those in poverty.

illustration of page of paper

Francis Ghesquiere presents a global perspective on the need to improve disaster resilience and highlights the scale of the challenge due to rapid urbanization in high-risk areas.

illustration of page of paper

Dr. Philip Berke explains how effective land use planning can reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen community resilience and shares best practice examples of integrated planning.

illustration of page of paper

Dr. Robert Chen outlines the different ways data mapping can be used to help emergency managers identify those at risk before, during, and after a disaster.

illustration of page of paper

John M. Barry showcases lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics and provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials.

illustration of page of paper
Illustration of Email icon


Please send us an email with questions or comments on PrepTalks.

Last updated