FEMA and partners launch PrepTalks series

A series of video presentations produced in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security and other emergency management partners launched Tuesday, February 13.

Dubbed PrepTalks, the 15-20 minute presentations are delivered by thought leaders from a variety of disciplines and intended to spread new ideas while facilitating conversations and developing innovative leadership. The first video from the symposium is Dr. Denis Mileti’s “Modernizing Public Warning Messaging.” Mileti is professor emeritus at the University of Colorado and former director of its Natural Hazards Center.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

“FEMA’s PrepTalk series neatly aligns with our mission at NPS-CHDS to offer education that produces a multiplier effect benefitting a large swath of the profession,” Center Director Glen Woodbury said. “These presentations are sure to spark conversations across the continuum of emergency management and homeland security, just like we do in the CHDS classroom. We appreciated the opportunity to work with our partners and benefitted from their expertise in participating this project.”

Dr. Denis Mileti spoke at the inaugural FEMA PrepTalks symposium in January.

The inaugural PrepTalks symposium was held January 29 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Eight thought leaders representing a variety of disciplines challenged the audience to embrace new perspectives and innovation in the field of emergency management.

James Marsh of the NPS-CHDS Educational Technologies staff oversaw the recording and production of the videos. Future PrepTalks topics include pandemics, lessons learned about disaster survivors, and the importance of social capital in disaster mitigation and recovery. Among the presenters is author Amanda Ripley, whose book on disaster survivors, “The Unthinkable,” is used in the NPS-CHDS master’s degree curriculum.

“This is a new, innovative way to take education outside the classroom, for emergency managers to learn from our colleagues and share ideas on what is working,” said Dawn Wilson, NPS-CHDS Director of Special Projects.

The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.

“Emergency management is an increasingly challenging and complex field. To be effective, we must incorporate research and insights from many disciplines,” Deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski said. “The PrepTalks forum provides an engaging way for us to expand our perspective, challenge our thinking, and help foster a true culture of preparedness.”

Mileti’s presentation is a timely segment on appropriate design and dissemination of emergency alert bulletins. He encourages using “multiple dissemination channels for public disaster warnings” to reach a wider and deeper audience.

“One technology is insufficient because you need multiple technologies to reach different sub-populations in an at-risk audience,” said Mileti, the author of more than 100 publications.

The video of Dr. Mileti’s presentation and an accompanying Discussion Guide are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks. The next video presentation is scheduled for posting later this month. NPS-CHDS has also posted a section on its educational resources page, CHDS/Ed.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

 

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