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Before, During & After

Before During & After

"Before, During & After" is a podcast for emergency managers. Join us for insights into where emergency management is headed, conversation about preparing for the threats of tomorrow and how everyone has a role in keeping communities safe from disaster.

Future podcast episodes will cover FEMA’s work in implementing its strategic plan as well as recent disaster recovery efforts and resources available to better prepare for future risks.

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Episode 104: A Chat with Kelbie Kennedy, FEMA’s New National Tribal Affairs Advocate

A big part of FEMA administrator Deanna Criswell's strategic plan centers around instilling equity in emergency management. With this renewed focus, we are delighted to introduce FEMA's first National Tribal Affairs Advocate, Kelbie Kennedy, to the podcast.

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Episode 104: A Chat with Kelbie Kennedy, FEMA’s New National Tribal Affairs Advisor

A big part of FEMA administrator Deanna Criswell's strategic plan centers around instilling equity in emergency management. With this renewed focus, we are delighted to introduce FEMA's first National Tribal Affairs Advocate, Kelbie Kennedy, to the podcast. Since joining FEMA in October 2022, Kelbie has brought a wealth of knowledge about Indian Country to the agency with the goal of helping FEMA live up to our trust and treaty responsibilities to tribal nations while focusing on equity. Troy Christensen from the FEMA podcast team caught up with Kelbie at the National Advisory Council meeting that was recently held at the Choctaw Nation to discuss her background and her vision for the future of FEMA's tribal engagement and collaboration.

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Episode 103: FEMA's Outreach Initiatives with America's Tribal Nations

In addition to our ubiquitous role in responding to and recovering from disasters and emergencies, FEMA also administers numerous grant programs aimed at increasing the capacity of the nation's emergency management system. Part of that administration is understanding the challenges our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners face when applying for and successfully accessing these grants. On today's episode, we'll talk with Pam Williams, assistant administrator for FEMA's grant programs directorate about FEMA's outreach initiatives with America's tribal nations, including three recent tribal consultations and how FEMA is working hard to improve our delivery of grants to tribal nations.

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Episode 102: FEMA's National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council, or NAC, consists of 35 members representing a wide range of geographic and professional backgrounds and is tasked with advising the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC held its first meeting of this year, in June, in Boise, Idaho. Members shared progress reports from the equity working group as well as from the subcommittee on Workforce Climate and Readiness. They also took part in a FEMA leader panel discussion and a wildfire panel discussion and engaged in conversation with the FEMA Administrator on the Council's future direction. On this episode, we turn it over to our colleagues from FEMA Region 10, which includes Idaho, who spoke with several members of the Council, as well as the FEMA Administrator - Deanne Criswell, to discuss the importance of the NAC and how the field of emergency management is changing to meet the challenges of the future.

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Episode 101: 100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This tragic event inspired numerous changes in fire policies throughout the nation. On this episode we talk with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, the U.S. Fire Administrator about all things fire prevention on this 100th observation of the Fire Prevention.

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Episode 100: "Partner Voices" from the Resilient Nation Partnership Network

Investing in partnerships is critical to increasing the nation's resiliency. The 'Resilient Nation Partnership Network' released the Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience Resource in April, the result of a significant collaboration by 26 partners across the fields of equity and resilience. On today's episode, we're going to highlight an audio series is called 'Partner Voices', where we hear from four diverse leaders focusing on equity and resilience.

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FEMA's "Before, During, After" podcast is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play to stream or download. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, new episodes are posted bi-weekly and include transcripts.

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