The Current of Emergency Management

The Current of Emergency Management

The Current of Emergency Management is co-hosted by two fulltime Emergency Management Coordinators who are not only colleagues but good friends. Their hope is to talk about issues facing Emergency Managers today and discuss real world solutions, best practices, and creative ways they have been able to solve problems.

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September 23, 2022 46 min

On this episode, we discuss outdoor/ tornado/ severe weather/ air raid warning sirens. We begin with looking back in history with the development of the modern tornado warning system, the introduction of air raid sirens, and their transition to Outdoor Warning Sirens. Finally, we finish by reviewing an article and answering questions sent to us by a listener. 


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In this episode we had the opportunity to sit down with FEMA Region 6 Administrator, Tony Robinson. We talk about what it means to take an All-Hazard approach to emergency management, hurricane preparedness, public assistance, lifelines, and mitigation. Tony shares what he knows are pain points for local EMs and how FEMA is working to fix some of those. We speak about the importance of not only having private insurance but ensuring...

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In this episode we talk about taking on interns in the office. We discuss what they do, what they may benefit from, paying them, expectations, and why internships are valuable. We also go through the PowerPoint of a recent intern he was required to to complete on the last day of his internship. We discuss what he learned during his time and how applicable his new found knowledge of EM is in the real world. We were surprised by what...

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On this episode, we spend a few minutes recapping previous episodes before talking about planning for exercises. Specifically, we spend time talking about how to train OEM Staff and those who respond to the EOC often, and how the EMC is able to train without being part of developing the exercise. We also talk about our thoughts on being able to train to find the breaking point without setting your team up for failure. 

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June 2, 2022 63 min

Nim Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Vice Chancellor of Texas A&M, sat down with us at TheConferenceTx to discuss recently announced programs in the State of Texas. The programs we discuss are the County Liaison Officers, EM Academy, and Constellation. Chief Kidd answered questions about the details of these programs including areas of concern for local EMs. 

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In this episode, we discuss cognitive bias and how it could potentially affect your job as an Emergency Manager. Specifically, we spend the majority of the episode discussing 'deformation professionnelle,' translated to mean, professional deformation. We also touch on other cognitive biases and their potential impact on Emergency Managers. 

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This episode is the first in what will be a several episode series where we discuss Burnout in the Emergency Management Profession and the factors that lead to it. Our discussions include why we think burnout exist and why it's an issue. 

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In this episode we discuss EM education, licensing/ credentialing and answer questions from a listener who asked what we look for when hiring new EMs. 

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In this episode we discuss how national and global events can have an effect on local Emergency Managers. The two main current events we discuss are the current conflict occurring between Russia and Ukraine as well as the trucker convoy that is taking place in the US. This topic presented the  opportunity to first speak about how the podcast got its name and the meaning behind the artwork. 

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This episode was recorded from San Marcos Texas at the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) Leadership Symposium. We had the opportunity to interview Melanie Bartis; Senior Planner with Innovative Emergency Management (IEM) to discuss the benefits of using an outside contractor to assist with After Action Reviews, Continuity Planning, and other processes.

Melanie can be reached at melanie.bartis@iem.com if you would ...

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In this episode we discuss the future of the Emergency Operations Center. As Covid pushed us towards a more virtual environment, what lessons did we learn that will be useful into the future? We also discuss technology that was helpful and we will continue to use moving forward. 

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We start off very simple in our first episode with a candid discussion on the differences of Emergency Management in the city vs. county and rural vs. urban settings. 

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January 20, 2022 14 min

In this episode we are simply introducing ourselves, this podcast, and we talk a little bit about how we came up with the idea  and what we plan to talk about. 

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