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The Intersection of Disasters and Climate Change

Disasters do not happen in isolation from one another. The research does not suggest that the number of disasters we now face is an outlier, but rather just the beginning of what is to come as the consequences of the climate crisis begin to manifest. We must address not only our nation’s readiness to manage but also our capacity to manage multiple threats at once. Understanding the strain that emergency management is currently under can address the changes we need to make in anticipation of our increasing risk. We’ve needed reform for a long time, but it is becoming more urgent now as we see an increasing risk across the country and around the world, in part because of the climate crisis.
August 18th, 2022 | 11AM PST | Zoom | Cost: Waived
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Guest: Dr. Samantha Montano

Dr. Samantha Montano became interested in disasters following a trip to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and the Levee Failure. She worked with various nonprofits in New Orleans on recovery efforts related to both Katrina and the BP Oil Disaster in 2010. Samantha is the author of Disasterology: Dispatches from The Frontlines of The Climate Crisis published in 2021 by Park Row. Her research interests cut across areas of interest to emergency management. She primarily studies nonprofits, volunteerism, and informal aid efforts in disaster. She is a co-founder of Disaster Researchers for Justice and the Center for Climate Adaptation Research. She has been interviewed in many national publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and published in the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, City Lab, and Vox, among others.

Host: Todd DeVoe

Todd De Voe is an emergency management educator and the host of EM Weekly. Todd is a lifelong learner, and he is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy's Cohort VII. He continues to research and write about important emergency management issues, crisis leadership, business continuity, and community relicense Todd is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and is on the Region 9 board. Todd is an avid reader. Some of his favorite topics are leadership, emergency management, history, philosophy, and spy thrillers. Todd on SpeaknSpark

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