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 now and over the next 20 years.
Each PrepTalk release includes a video of the presentation and the question-and-answer (Q&A) session, a discussion guide to support local action, and additional resources. PrepTalks Discussion Guides are companion documents to the PrepTalk videos. When used together, these guides help translate the research and expertise showcased in each presentation into action steps to improve disaster preparedness. PrepTalk videos from the symposium will be rolled out every three weeks.
September 2019 PrepTalks Symposium
Our latest PrepTalks Symposium was held on September 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Our speaker biographies and additional details are in the September 2019 PrepTalks Program.
- Using Codes and Standards to Build Resilient Communities - Stuart Tom
- Neighborfest - Building Resilience from the Block Up! - Daniel Homsey
- Building a Mission-Driven Culture - Brian Fennessy
- Storytelling to Promote Action - "The Big One" Podcast Team
- Visual + Effective Communication for Emergency Information - Claudine Jaenichen
- Forging Resilient Community Through Imperfect Relentless Progress - James Gore
- Using Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking to Understand Community Interdependencies - Dr. Chick Macal
- Aligning Public and Private Supply Chains Following Disasters - Dr. Jarrod Goentzel
- Private Sector Resilience: It is All in the Supply Chain - Dr. Yossi Sheffi
- Saving Lives After a Nuclear Detonation - Brooke Buddemeier
- Public Works & Emergency Management - Restoring Life Line Services - Philip Mann
- Triage, Ethics, And Operations: Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response - Dr. Sheri Fink
- Understanding the Value of Insurance - Sean Kevelighan
- We Succeed or Fail Together - Vance Taylor
- Rethinking School Safety - Michele Gay
- Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy - Kristina Anderson
- Youth: The Key to Building a Culture of Preparedness - Sarah Thompson
- Children and Disasters: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Capacity - Dr. Lori Peek
- The Unthinkable: Lessons from Survivors - Amanda Ripley
- Financial Literacy and Overcoming Liquid Asset Poverty - John Hope Bryant
- The Making of a Resilient Future: Disaster Risk in Developing Countries - Francis Ghesquiere
- Land Use Planning for Community Resilience - Dr. Philip Berke
- Who’s at Risk? Rapid Mapping of Potential Hazard Exposure - Dr. Robert Chen
- Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery - Dr. Daniel Aldrich
- The Next Pandemic: Lessons from History - John M. Barry
- Modernizing Public Warning Messaging - Dr. Dennis Mileti
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