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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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April 25, 2018
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  • <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>

    Agency Update: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Turns 50

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    August 1st, 2018, 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>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>

    From the Bottoms to a Bluff

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    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. On this episode, we 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 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>

    Series Preview: A Look Back at the 1993 & 2008 Midwest Floods

    Audio by Meghan Breitenbach

    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’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 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>

    10 Years After Disaster: A First-Hand Look at Iowa’s Historic Flood Recovery

    Audio by Barb Sturner

    In the summer of 2008, much of the state of Iowa was under siege from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.  As a result, 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties were designated for federal disaster assistance.  Beth Freeman experienced the 2008 flooding first-hand when her community of Cedar Rapids was devastated.  She then went on to oversee FEMA funding for thousands of recovery projects throughout the state.  Hear her story … and how a decade of resilient actions has better prepared Iowa for future disasters.

  • <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>

    10 Years After Disaster: The University of Iowa Stands Tall in Flood Protection

    Audio by Barb Sturner

    In the summer of 2008, the University of Iowa suffered a disaster beyond imagination.  The usually scenic Iowa River that winds through campus became a formidable enemy to the state’s largest higher-education institution when it raged beyond its banks to historic flood levels, damaging more than 22 campus buildings.  The university had to move quickly – not only to stay in business but to begin what would become an eight-year journey of recovery.  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. 

  • <p>This is an interview by Ryan Ike, FEMA Region 10 External Affairs Branch Chief, with Carl Cook and Chuck Steele, both founding employees and program leaders with the National Flood Insurance Program. In this interview they discuss what it was like in the early days of the program and how they worked to grow the program and get communities involved.</p>

    NFIP 50 Year Anniversary

    Audio by Jeffrey Markham

    This is an interview by Ryan Ike, FEMA Region 10 External Affairs Branch Chief, with Carl Cook and Chuck Steele, both founding employees and program leaders with the National Flood Insurance Program. In this interview they discuss what it was like in the early days of the program and how they worked to grow the program and get communities involved.

  • <p>In the aftermath of a catastrophic event, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turns to its Surge Capacity Force, a cadre of federal employees who help affected communities by supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency&rsquo;s (FEMA) urgent response and recovery efforts. The Surge Capacity Force is made up of federal employees from every department or agency in the federal government.</p>

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    Surge Capacity Force

    Audio by Mark Peterson

    In the aftermath of a catastrophic event, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turns to its Surge Capacity Force, a cadre of federal employees who help affected communities by supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) urgent response and recovery efforts. The Surge Capacity Force is made up of federal employees from every department or agency in the federal government.

     

  • <p>On this episode, we spoke to Matt Lyttle from FEMA&#39;s Individual and Community Preparedness Division about some key areas of preparedness.</p>

    National Preparedness Month – Disasters Happen. Prepare Now, Learn How.

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    On this episode, we spoke to Matt Lyttle from FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division about some key areas of preparedness.

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">A year ago, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and since that time, FEMA, and numerous federal partners and the government of Puerto Rico have undertaken one of the largest post disaster reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in U.S. history. Major portions of the island&rsquo;s infrastructure are being rebuilt as federal agencies support the government of Puerto Rico&#39;s plan to restore the island&#39;s lifeline systems, and enable Puerto Rico to withstand the storms to come. Never before has FEMA coordinated federal resources to rebuild an entire Commonwealth with a population of 3.3 million people, 78&nbsp;municipalities, electrical, water and telecommunication systems, seaports, airports, schools, healthcare systems, roads and bridges. Overall, in 2017, hurricanes, Irma, Maria, and other disasters affected nearly 47 million people throughout the United States. While recovery continues, FEMA and its interagency partners remain focused and dedicated to continued stabilization and resilience of impacted communities. Mike Byrne, one of FEMA&rsquo;s most qualified federal coordinating officers deployed soon after Maria&#39;s landfall in Puerto Rico to help lead the coordination of the federal government support. On this episode we spoke with Mike Byrne about his experience over the last year and how he sees the status of recovery in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria made landfall.</p>

    One Year Lookback on the Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    A year ago, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and since that time, FEMA, and numerous federal partners and the government of Puerto Rico have undertaken one of the largest post disaster reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in U.S. history. Major portions of the island’s infrastructure are being rebuilt as federal agencies support the government of Puerto Rico's plan to restore the island's lifeline systems, and enable Puerto Rico to withstand the storms to come. Never before has FEMA coordinated federal resources to rebuild an entire Commonwealth with a population of 3.3 million people, 78 municipalities, electrical, water and telecommunication systems, seaports, airports, schools, healthcare systems, roads and bridges. Overall, in 2017, hurricanes, Irma, Maria, and other disasters affected nearly 47 million people throughout the United States. While recovery continues, FEMA and its interagency partners remain focused and dedicated to continued stabilization and resilience of impacted communities. Mike Byrne, one of FEMA’s most qualified federal coordinating officers deployed soon after Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico to help lead the coordination of the federal government support. On this episode we spoke with Mike Byrne about his experience over the last year and how he sees the status of recovery in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

  • <p>On October 3rd, 2018 at approximately 2:20 PM eastern time. FEMA will conduct a national test of the integrated public alert and warning system. This national system which includes the emergency alert system and the wireless emergency alerts will provide authenticated emergency information from emergency officials to the public through radio, television, cellular phones and some internet applications. We sat down with Antwan Johnson, the director of the integrated public alert and warning program at FEMA headquarters to help explain what people can expect from the test and why it&#39;s an important step in developing a more prepared nation.</p>

    Podcast - EAS WEA Test

    Audio by Mark Peterson

    On October 3rd, 2018 at approximately 2:20 PM eastern time. FEMA will conduct a national test of the integrated public alert and warning system. This national system which includes the emergency alert system and the wireless emergency alerts will provide authenticated emergency information from emergency officials to the public through radio, television, cellular phones and some internet applications. We sat down with Antwan Johnson, the director of the integrated public alert and warning program at FEMA headquarters to help explain what people can expect from the test and why it's an important step in developing a more prepared nation.

  • <p>A discussion with some experts in mitigation and review an actual example of how mitigation is preventing risk to lives and property in the City of Beatrice, Nebraska during flooding events.</p>

    Beatrice Nebraska: Successful Disaster Mitigation

    Audio by Brenda Gustafson

    A discussion with some experts in mitigation and review an actual example of how mitigation is preventing risk to lives and property in the City of Beatrice, Nebraska during flooding events.

  • <p>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.&nbsp;We discuss&nbsp;with individuals who are helping youth become part of this initiative throughout&nbsp;a program called&nbsp;My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI).</p>

    My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI): Teaching Preparedness to America's Youth

    Audio by Brenda Gustafson

    FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (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. We discuss with individuals who are helping youth become part of this initiative throughout a program called My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI).

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">On October 5, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. FEMA worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation&rsquo;s capacity for the next catastrophic event. On this episode we caught up with Jessi Nalepa, Director of FEMA&rsquo;s Office of External Affairs for a conversation about what is included in this landmark legislation. (Host: Mark Peterson; Featuring: Jessi Nalepa).</p>

    DRRA: Transformational Legislation for Emergency Management

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    On October 5, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. FEMA worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event. On this episode we caught up with Jessi Nalepa, Director of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs for a conversation about what is included in this landmark legislation. (Host: Mark Peterson; Featuring: Jessi Nalepa).

  • <p>On this episode, Kevin Smith, director of the DHS center for faith and opportunity initiatives joins the FEMA podcast for a conversation on how FEMA partners with faith based and community groups before, during and after disasters. We talk about how FEMA is looking to it&#39;s nongovernmental partners to help shape a national culture of preparedness, but also to help make America more resilient in the face of disasters.</p>

    Faith and Community Partners

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    On this episode, Kevin Smith, director of the DHS center for faith and opportunity initiatives joins the FEMA podcast for a conversation on how FEMA partners with faith based and community groups before, during and after disasters. We talk about how FEMA is looking to it's nongovernmental partners to help shape a national culture of preparedness, but also to help make America more resilient in the face of disasters.

  • <p style="margin-left:1in; margin-right:0in">After a historic 2017, hurricane season, 2018 closed as anything but less challenging for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. On this episode, we caught up with FEMA Administrator Brock Long to discuss the monumental task of supporting recovery efforts from 2017 while responding to another historic disaster year in 2018. We focus not only on that work, but on the agency&#39;s strategic plan going forward, lessons learned from recent events and FEMA&rsquo;s continuous improvement initiatives. We also discuss recent groundbreaking legislation that will significantly impact the way the agency serves the American public going forward.</p>

    A Look Back At 2018 With Administrator Brock Long

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    After a historic 2017, hurricane season, 2018 closed as anything but less challenging for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. On this episode, we caught up with FEMA Administrator Brock Long to discuss the monumental task of supporting recovery efforts from 2017 while responding to another historic disaster year in 2018. We focus not only on that work, but on the agency's strategic plan going forward, lessons learned from recent events and FEMA’s continuous improvement initiatives. We also discuss recent groundbreaking legislation that will significantly impact the way the agency serves the American public going forward.

  • <p>As part of FEMA&rsquo;s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, we&#39;re updating the national response framework, which serves as a national guide for how we as a country respond to all types of disasters and emergencies. On this episode of the FEMA podcast, we dive into the details of the update and how it will emphasize stabilization of critical lifelines and coordination across the critical infrastructure sectors.</p>

    The National Response Framework Gets an Update

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, we're updating the national response framework, which serves as a national guide for how we as a country respond to all types of disasters and emergencies. On this episode of the FEMA podcast, we dive into the details of the update and how it will emphasize stabilization of critical lifelines and coordination across the critical infrastructure sectors.

  • <p>A community lifeline enables the continuous operation of business and government functions and is critical to human health and safety or economic security. The lifelines concept reframes incident information to provide decision makers with impact statements and root causes and is intended to maximize the effectiveness of federally supported state managed and locally executed response. FEMA recently released the community lifelines implementation toolkit, which provides our partners with the information and resources to understand lifelines, coordinate with entities using lifelines, and serve as basic guidance for how to implement the lifelines construct during an incident response. On this episode, we talked to Jeremy Greenberg from FEMA&rsquo;s Response Directorate about the lifelines concept and how the toolkit will be used to support all units of government in disaster responses.</p>

    State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Toolkit Lifelines

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    A community lifeline enables the continuous operation of business and government functions and is critical to human health and safety or economic security. The lifelines concept reframes incident information to provide decision makers with impact statements and root causes and is intended to maximize the effectiveness of federally supported state managed and locally executed response. FEMA recently released the community lifelines implementation toolkit, which provides our partners with the information and resources to understand lifelines, coordinate with entities using lifelines, and serve as basic guidance for how to implement the lifelines construct during an incident response. On this episode, we talked to Jeremy Greenberg from FEMA’s Response Directorate about the lifelines concept and how the toolkit will be used to support all units of government in disaster responses.

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">FEMA created the Student Tools for Emergency Planning or STEP program, a curriculum for fourth and fifth grade students, to teach students how to prepare for emergencies and disasters and trains them to become leaders in family preparedness. On this episode, we dive a bit deeper into how this program works and discuss how, in one FEMA Region, these efforts are helping to move the needle of overall national disaster readiness.</p>

    Teaching Students How to Prepare for Emergencies and Disasters - STEP

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    FEMA created the Student Tools for Emergency Planning or STEP program, a curriculum for fourth and fifth grade students, to teach students how to prepare for emergencies and disasters and trains them to become leaders in family preparedness. On this episode, we dive a bit deeper into how this program works and discuss how, in one FEMA Region, these efforts are helping to move the needle of overall national disaster readiness.

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Today, FEMA turns 40 and we&rsquo;re throwing it back, highlighting a history of milestone events, landmark legislation, and the rarely told story of how the Agency got to where it is today. In the 40 years since its creation a lot has changed, but there&rsquo;s been one constant through it all &ndash; the Agency&rsquo;s commitment to protecting and serving the American people. FEMA undoubtedly has a rich history to share with you today, on this special episode of the FEMA Podcast&hellip;.&nbsp;</p>

    Agency Update: FEMA Turns 40 Years Old

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    Today, FEMA turns 40 and we’re throwing it back, highlighting a history of milestone events, landmark legislation, and the rarely told story of how the Agency got to where it is today. In the 40 years since its creation a lot has changed, but there’s been one constant through it all – the Agency’s commitment to protecting and serving the American people. FEMA undoubtedly has a rich history to share with you today, on this special episode of the FEMA Podcast…. 

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">Today on the FEMA Podcast we talk with Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of AFCPE, to better understand FEMA&rsquo;s partnership with her organization and how it will benefit the nation when it comes to being financially ready for the unexpected.</p>

    Making “Cents” Out of Disaster Financial Preparedness

    Audio by Dominick Del Vecchio

    Today on the FEMA Podcast we talk with Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of AFCPE, to better understand FEMA’s partnership with her organization and how it will benefit the nation when it comes to being financially ready for the unexpected.