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FEMA Podcast

The FEMA Podcast is a new audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

The FEMA Podcast is available on Apple iTunes to stream or download. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, the podcast will be updated with a new episode on a weekly basis. By subscribing, new episodes will automatically update on a listeners device.

We encourage emergency management professionals and the general public to listen in and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where you can join the conversation every time a new episode is posted. To submit ideas for a FEMA podcast topic, send us an email at

Episode 11: Flood Insurance- Mandatory Purchase Requirement

Listen: Homes and businesses in high-risk flood areas with loans, including mortgages, from federally regulated lenders are required to have flood insurance. This is called a “mandatory purchase requirement” under the National Flood Insurance Program.  On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we discuss this requirement in more detail and explain who is and who is not required to buy flood insurance.

Episode 10: Closing the Insurance Gap

Listen: Floods are the most common natural disaster in our nation, yet less than 50 percent of homes in the highest risk area across the country are insured against this type of disaster.

To understand the idea of closing the insurance gap, we sat down with David Maurstad, FEMA’s assistant administrator for federal insurance, to discuss Administrator Long’s vision for equipping Americans with the knowledge and the call to action to financially prepare for disasters.

Episode 9: Hurricane Hunters

Listen: We catch up with the brave men and women of the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters.  Major Nicole Mitchell, who is a meteorologist with the hunters, gives us a tour of the aircraft and discusses what it’s like to fly right through the most intense parts of a hurricane.

Episode 8: Conversation with Andy Neal, Chief Actuary of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program

Listen: FEMA’s own Andy Neal (and team) from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), was chosen as one of the 27 finalists for the Management Excellence Category of the Samuel J Heyman Service to America Medal – the “Sammie”. On this episode of the FEMA Podcast we talk with Andy Neal about the process of diversifying the NFIP’s risk through reinsurance, and what the Sammie Nomination has meant for his program.

Episode 7: Conversation with Ken Graham, Director National Hurricane Center

FEMA Region V External Affairs Director, Mark Peterson on the left, meets with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Director, Ken Graham, on the right, to discuss some of the things the Hurricane Center learned from the 2017 hurricane season and how the center is working to provide better information to save lives and property.Listen: Ken Graham is the Director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center located in Miami, Florida. He joins the Podcast while in Montgomery, Alabama, at one of the annual Hurricane Awareness Tour stops and discusses some of the things the Hurricane Center learned from the 2017 hurricane season and how the center is working to provide better information to save lives and property.




Episode 6: Making "Cents" of Disasters

Listen: Did you know more than 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, Three FEMA staff sit around a desk with microphones recording their conversation about financial preparedness for the FEMA podcast.making it extremely difficult to recover from an emergency—whether it is a natural disaster or a broken water heater?

When people hear about disaster preparedness, regardless of the hazard, we often do not focus much on the financial aspect and financial preparedness. Having a financial preparedness plan is an important part of your overall emergency plan. Being financially prepared can make a huge difference following disasters. On this episode, Alan Becker, the host of the radio program, Retire Right Radio joins the FEMA Podcast to discuss the importance of putting yourself in the best position to bounce back financially from a disaster.  

Episode 5: Immersed in Mitigation

Listen: Immersed is a Virtual Reality experience developed byOn the left, a man is standing wearing virtual reality goggles talking to a woman on the right about how to participate in the virtual reality world. FEMA and its partners that puts the users at the very center of a flood crisis and uses that experience to understand the costs and impacts of flooding, but also to see the benefits of actions that communities can take to prevent that flooding mitigation. In this episode, we explore this exciting tool and how it will help local officials and eventually the public make better decisions about their risks.







Episode 4: Earthquake Preparedness

Listen: Did you know that there were over 200 earthquakes in the State of Missouri last Four people sit around a desk discussing Earthquake Preparednessyear? In this episode, FEMA discusses the history of the New Madrid seismic zone and earthquake preparedness with Jeff Briggs, Earthquake Manager for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).



Episode 3: Severe Weather Time in the Midwest

Listen: Across the Midwest, the month of March is the time to focus on preparedness for Tornado approaches a farm.severe weather. In this episode, FEMA Region VII (with HQ in Kansas City, MO) discusses state preparedness efforts with Stefanie Bond, Public Information Officer with IHSEM (Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management) and Jodie Fawl, Public Information Officer with NEMA (Nebraska Emergency Management Agency).


Episode 2: 1997 Floods: East Grand Forks Minnesota, From Tragedy to Resilience

Listen: For many Minnesotans, the spring of 1997 is a stark memory of catastrophic, costly flooding along the Red River. Water as deep as 54 feet spilled three miles inland to flood entire towns. One of the hardest hit communities was East Grand Forks, Minn., where 99 percent of homes were affected by the disaster, and the entire city’s population had to be evacuated due to the rapidly rising waters.

Such a large recovery was hard fought and long-term, requiring the coordination of many to get it done. Local, state and federal agencies, along with voluntary agencies, community organizations, local businesses and residents were all a critical part of the rebuilding process.

Episode 1: Administrator Brock Long: A Look Back & The Path Ahead

Brock Long shakes hands with a first responder. Behind him a single-wide trailer sits with an American Flag hanging. The sky is cloudy.Listen: The inaugural FEMA Podcast is an in-depth one-on-one with FEMA Administrator Brock Long as he gives listeners insight into his first 8 months on the job and FEMA’s large-scale response to the historic 2017 hurricane season. Long details his vision for the Agency’s future while outlining the efforts underway to ensure FEMA successfully serves the American public before, during and after a disaster. Tune in, and learn something new about the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  



Last Updated: 
06/21/2018 - 16:37