Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcast
An irreverent but useful podcast about disaster response, emergency management, mobilization culture, community resilience, and life in emergency operations.
info_outline Episode 31: The 9/11 Water Evacuation of Manhattan 09/11/2018
Episode 31: The 9/11 Water Evacuation of Manhattan The Dukes relive a heroic day with Drs. Tricia Wachtendorf and James Kendra, authors of American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11. From the first impact on the towers, boat captains came by the dozens to rescue hundreds of thousands of survivors in under nine hours. If you don't know this story, you should. Plus: Andrew learns the Texas Chicken Maneuver and, yes, Mitch cheated. ALSO, we swear (but only about New Jersey).
info_outline Episode 30: The Social Roots of Risk with Kathleen Tierney 08/30/2018
Episode 30: The Social Roots of Risk with Kathleen Tierney Mitch and Andrew swallow the red pill with Kathleen Tierney, the former head of the Natural Hazards Center, and learn how society creates disaster risk as well as how homeland security after 9/11 made things worse, not better. Plus, the best congressional testimony of all time (seriously) and how one stroke of a President's pen hurt the professionalization of emergency management. Also, which FEMA Director would be which Marvel Avenger? and we ALMOST get Mitch's Wifi password on the air.
info_outline Episode 29: Sheri Fink Talks the 2017 Hurricanes 04/16/2018
Episode 29: Sheri Fink Talks the 2017 Hurricanes Pulitzer-prize winning author and New York Times journalist Sheri Fink ("Five Days At Memorial") for some reason agrees to visit the Dukes! She takes us on an intense tour of health and medical lessons from the historic 2017 Coastal Storm season, including stops in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Plus, we learn how Sheri first got obsessed (er, interested) in disasters in the Balkans, and why she always asks her interviewees about their last drills but never goes to see disaster movies.
info_outline Episode 28: Women in Emergency Management 03/27/2018
Episode 28: Women in Emergency Management The Dukes shut up (for once) and hand things over to their crack co-hosts, Drs. Nicolette Louissaint and Samantha Montano, to discuss the personal and professional journeys of women in Emergency Management. Joined by Sarah Miller and Susamma Seeley, we cover everything from first mentors to being the only woman in the room to why every single middle age white guy needs to explain things to you and check in about your hair. Really? No worries: We have an Improvement Plan on the way, and mostly no F-bombs.
info_outline Episode 27: I AM IAEM, AM I? 12/07/2017
Episode 27: I AM IAEM, AM I? The Dukes hotwash the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) with a whole host of experts - Susamma Seeley, Sarah Miller, Diane Logsdon and Andrew McGuire. From Tech (Drones! Smart Cars!) to Education (Are EM degrees worth it?) to Healthcare (Yes, there are healthcare emergency managers), we catch you up on all the latest issues in your global network. Also: we take a look at the culture of emergency management, which is working to diversify, but still has a ways to go.
info_outline Episode 26: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Pro tip: Drugs 11/16/2017
Episode 26: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Pro tip: Drugs The Dukes bring on Nicolette Louissaint, the Executive Director of Healthcare Ready, to talk the Hurricane Maria disaster in Puerto Rico, the federal response, and her work helping the healthcare system to recover. Spoiler alert: It's all about comms and logistics. Plus, Nicolette can do wicked things with bombs, Andrew plans to rule IAEM and Mitch realizes he has no idea what silicon is (trust us, it's relevant). And, yes, we totally forgot to cover the US Virgin Islands, but we feel really bad about it.
info_outline Episode 25: What the f*** just happened? Harvey, Irma, and their lessons. 09/14/2017
Episode 25: What the f*** just happened? Harvey, Irma, and their lessons. The Dukes sit down with Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (whew, long title) and basically make him answer the hard questions about what happened in Hurricanes Harvey + Irma - and why. From the Cajun Navy to Florida's traffic jams, we've got you covered, including evac decisions, prepositioning, healthcare response and why whole community doesn't work without the WHOLE community. Plus, Mitch is obsessed with Jon Snow.
info_outline Episode 24: If We're Nuked, The Government Will Save Itself, Not You 07/19/2017
Episode 24: If We're Nuked, The Government Will Save Itself, Not You The Dukes hold forth with Garrett Graff, author of the incredible (yes, we said it) new book Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die. The title really sells itself. We cover fifty years of Cold War continuity planning, complete with underground bunkers, massive evacuation plans, overly complicated command/control protocols - and a huge crop of best practices (and lessons learned) that are still valuable today. Plus, Andrew really loves Nicholas Cage and there are some acronyms even Mitch can't pronounce. Dig yourself in; this one really blew us away.
info_outline Episode 23: Craig Fugate Takes Us to School 07/07/2017
Episode 23: Craig Fugate Takes Us to School Check your egos and grab your windbreakers, folks, because the former headmaster of FEMA goes with the Dukes on a rollicking tour through the last decade of emergency management, with guidance for anyone interested in emergency management, disaster response, or just how to build a great team. Plus, Mitch mansplains Craig's own idea back to him, Andrew designs a new windbreaker, and President Obama really thinks someone is doing a heckuva job. Also, yes, the University of Florida rules at all sports.
info_outline Episode 22: Lori and Alice Find Their Equilibrium 06/07/2017
Episode 22: Lori and Alice Find Their Equilibrium The Dukes talk the children of Katrina with Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek based on their award-winning research. It's a little heartbreaking, but the lessons are real. Plus, we score SO many points for good questions and Mitch peed with Ira Glass one time.
info_outline Episode 21: Rafael Lemaitre Brings Snapchat to FEMA 05/18/2017
Episode 21: Rafael Lemaitre Brings Snapchat to FEMA The Dukes talk with the former Director of Public Affairs at FEMA, Rafael Lemaitre, who dishes on communication lessons learned in crises big and small, from the tough messaging during the Flint Water Crisis to the social media campaigns of Hurricane Matthew to - GASP - why Disaster Deductibles are a good idea! Plus, we learn the best way to get Craig Fugate to say something, Andrew can't pronounce SnapCHAT, AND Mitch thinks that mitigation is the sexiest phase in the Emergency Management Cycle.
info_outline Episode 20: We've Seen the Future and It Will Be 03/31/2017
Episode 20: We've Seen the Future and It Will Be We're in a new age, folks, and we need to talk about the future. THE FUTURE of emergency management, from technology to policy to community integration to threats, we cover it all to give YOU a roadmap about where to go from here. Plus, Andrew takes a leak and Mitch can't stop saying Um. Also: Is Marty McFly all he's cracked up to be?
info_outline Episode 19: Flint, Michigan, really really doesn't drink the water 08/17/2016
Episode 19: Flint, Michigan, really really doesn't drink the water Mitch and Andrew walk through the Flint crisis with FSU's Brad Skillman. Plus, we find our favorite certificate program of all time (DRONES) and discover why Michael Brown may be the Forrest Gump of Emergency Management. Plus, Andrew loves America and Mitch roots for Lithuania for some reason.
info_outline Episode 18: The best Defense is Food Defense 07/08/2016
Episode 18: The best Defense is Food Defense Mitch and Andrew break down threats to our food supply with the man with the best title in the world: Pepsico's Senior Manager for Global Food Defense, Jason Bashura. From the Dalles salad bar salmonella to the Michigan salad bar mouse poisonings, from Ikea's horsemeat to the scariest Mexican food in Kansas, we cover where food defense has been, where it's going, and why we may never be able to drink iced tea again. Props to the FDA for the new "Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration". Okay, it could use a sexier name, but it's awesome. Finally - we inaugurate the Dukes of Hazards campaign to reinstate the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience - Men of Cornwall stand ye steady! �
info_outline Episode 16: Our Rash of Active Shooters 02/12/2016
Episode 16: Our Rash of Active Shooters Suzanne Blake of MIT joins the Dukes to break down the emergency management response to active shooter incidents. Run hide fight like they do in Texas or run hide tell like they do in England? How do you notify folks in a timely manner? What's it like to pivot to planning major media events right after a massive tragedy? We get into what you need to cover - from Family Assistance Centers to Reunification. Then, a special segment from the Special Libraries Association of New York about how to keep our knowledge safe. Also, we get it, Andrew loves Texas and Mitch reads nerdy books.
info_outline Episode 15: David Abramson cares about the children 09/30/2015
Episode 15: David Abramson cares about the children BECAUSE the children are our future - Mitch and Andrew talk Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and the long term effects of disasters on children and families with David Abramson, the founding director of NYU's Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resiliency (PIR2). Warning: It's not pretty. On the bright side: How do you get teenagers involved with disaster recovery? Can Mitch even get his own daughter to talk to him about disasters? Also, where were you when you heard John Lennon died? Can starving actors turn the tide on hurricane evacuation? And we get fan mail from Canada!
info_outline Episode 14: Emergency Management Everyday 09/18/2015
Episode 14: Emergency Management Everyday The Dukes are back in the studio with a breakdown of how emergency management can help you survive some of the most stressful times of your life. Whether it's planning your wedding, moving, having kids, traveling abroad, looking for a job or, you know, dying, Mitch & Andrew have got your back with real, concrete strategies to assist. We also take a look at the skills we've learned at other jobs and how those help us as emergency managers. Jump aboard for DJ Drabek, dear Aunt Edna and the wonders of alcoholic root beer.
info_outline Episode 13: Brandon Greenberg Explains It All 05/06/2015
Episode 13: Brandon Greenberg Explains It All Mitch and Andrew drink Shandies and break down all things tech+disaster with Brandon Greenberg of @disasternet. You may already have had your last avocado, thousands of people are sifting through pictures of Nepal right now, and Facebook urges you to check yourself before you wreck yourself with Safety Check. All this, the worst musical interludes of any podcast ever recorded, and even more in what may be the deepest episode of the Dukes of Hazards so far (which may not be saying much).
info_outline Episode 12: Nepal, Drones, and 9/11 Mental Health 04/29/2015
Episode 12: Nepal, Drones, and 9/11 Mental Health In this episode, special guest Jack Herrmann joins Mitch and Andrew for a compelling hour that looks at the response characteristics of the Nepal earthquake (including Facebook's new status check), why we suck at cybersecurity and the curious case of the radioative sand in Tokyo. Then, in a special segment, we look at Jack's own experiences coordinating mental health relief after 9/11. Plus, we answer Scott North's questions! All on Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcast. Plus: Mitch is like 3/10s funny, it turns out.
info_outline Episode 11: Four Hurricanes, Six Weeks 03/20/2015
Episode 11: Four Hurricanes, Six Weeks Mitch's old (er, youthful) compadre Mark O'Neill comes on the show to discuss the historic Florida hurricane season of 2004. Plus, megacyclone Pam hits Vanuatu, the iWatch tracks us all, you have to believe in climate change to get FEMA money (no word on whether humans had to cause it), and it turns out sometimes you CAN take an elevator in a fire. Who knew? Plus, we tease a future tease of a Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movie.
info_outline Episode 10: Trains Derail and Will Forte drinks Margaritas 03/11/2015
Episode 10: Trains Derail and Will Forte drinks Margaritas The Dukes break down the Lac Magantic train disaster (although Mitch can't pronounce it) and compare it to the recent West Virginia train derailment. Plus, Austin in 1960 may be better at civil defense than we are and it turns out Ebola is stll happening. Not to mention the Dukes of Hazards review of The Last Man on Earth! All that plus the one place in the USA you are most likely to die from zombies.
info_outline Episode 9: Ebola Exports ICS and Aaron Sorkin calls us un-American 12/19/2014
Episode 9: Ebola Exports ICS and Aaron Sorkin calls us un-American We run through the story of Ebola in Liberia, and the latest on modelling trends for the disease. Plus, Loma Prieta cancels baseball and bring class issues to emergency response and the Sony Cyberattack sends an office back to 1992. Also, Andrew continues to be obsessed with drones and Mitch keeps pressing the wrong buttons.
info_outline Episode 8: #Ebola (Many people will die if I don't find this monkey) #Ebola 08/06/2014
Episode 8: #Ebola (Many people will die if I don't find this monkey) #Ebola The Dukes come back from summer break to take on Outbreak, Ebola, Brooklyn in the 1890s, Disaster Innovation and Earthquake-proofing. Pop quiz: What kind of extreme weather kills the most people? Also, does the fact that Martha Stewart loves drones mean drones are over? And, what were CDC's Top 7 disaster songs in 2011 and, I mean, who does a Top 7 list, anyway? Dukes!
info_outline Episode 7: Are you a good tweet or a bad tweet? 05/30/2014
Episode 7: Are you a good tweet or a bad tweet? We play Good Tweet / Bad Tweet with emergency social media guru Jim Garrow and dig into the science of Firenadoes (along with their even scarier horizontal cousin). Plus, Andrew continues to be obsessed with drones, Ikea makes shelters so good nobody wants to go home, hackers smoke weed, and Mitch discovers his tweets are not actually, erm, that important. All that and more on this week's Dukes of Hazards.
info_outline Episode 6 - The South Korean Ferry, How to get an EM job, and FEMA is funny. 05/09/2014
Episode 6 - The South Korean Ferry, How to get an EM job, and FEMA is funny. We're back after a vacation (we promise never to leave you again) and we take on Texas fire codes, a minute-by-minute breakdown of the South Korean Ferry Disaster, and Socialist Flood Control. Plus, a listener asks how to get into emergency management, FEMA puts the funny back into the PSA and we watch the drones that are watching us - with special guest Dr. Jordan Pascoe. Go Dukes!
info_outline Episode 5 - Chemical Spills begat Disaster Movies begat Tommy Lee Jones 04/11/2014
Episode 5 - Chemical Spills begat Disaster Movies begat Tommy Lee Jones Would better Incident Command keep Hollywood from destroying America? Listen to The Dukes to find out. Plus, we break down the West Virgina Chemical Spill, and game how good an Emergency Manager Tommy Lee Jones REALLY is. Also: earthquakes, the complexities of disaster planning, celebrating 90s Christian Rock, and mourning the Ultimate Warrior. And Idris Elba makes a speech with, like, four pauses. Whew.
info_outline Episode 4 - That is Rad, Bro. Rad. 03/28/2014
Episode 4 - That is Rad, Bro. Rad. The Dukes talk the Oso mudslide, Fukushima three years later, and Craig Fugate (our idol) and his Waffle House index! Plus, a review of Broad City's Hurricane Wanda episode and a brand new listener question about everybody's favorite topic: How To Get a Job. Also, um, Mitch's dog goes wild.
info_outline Episode 3 - Interview from the Philippines (Plus, Andrew rolfs.) 03/14/2014
Episode 3 - Interview from the Philippines (Plus, Andrew rolfs.) We go in depth with Alex Theran, a worker with All Hands Volunteers, on the impact and recovery from Typhoon Haiyan (called Yoland in the Phillippines) - and why karaoke may sometimes help more than ICS. Plus, drones, Vladimir Putin, and a 30,000 year old virus that may take out your ATM. Or something.
info_outline Episode 2 - Water, Olympics and Pompeii 02/12/2014
Episode 2 - Water, Olympics and Pompeii The Dukes are back with a bang as they take on the Atlanta Clusterflake, the British floods, the California drought, plus the Sochi Olympics and FEMA's new DRC designs. Also, we look back at the Atlanta Olympic bombing and review the song 'Pompeii' by Bastille. Watch out for frostquakes!
info_outline Episode 1 - We get it started in here. 01/31/2014
Episode 1 - We get it started in here. First episode of this emergency management podcast! We do a disaster news roundup, What's in your Go Bag, OMGIAP (our emergency management advice) and a review of This is the End, a movie about the end of the world.