This week (June 22, 2020), we chat with one of America's most respected thought leaders and innovators in the field of disaster management, Jeff Schlegelmilch, as he prepares to take on his new role as Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University in the City of New York next month.
He's also the author of the new book: 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 - 𝐀 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐌𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬, where he identifies and explores the most critical threats facing the world today, detailing the dangers of pandemics, climate change, infrastructure collapse, cyberattacks, and nuclear conflict.
Written pre-COVID, the book's release is eerily timely.
Jeff's been the Deputy Director of NCDP since 2015, and has led projects focused on public health preparedness, integration of the private sector into disaster resilience, and is the principal investigator of the award-winning Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative.
He previously worked as the manager for International and Non-Healthcare Sectors for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, and was a public health preparedness planner and epidemiologist for the Boston Public Health Commission.
Jeff's new book: Rethinking Readiness - A Brief Guide to Twenty-First Century Megadisasters, offering an expert introduction to human-made threats and vulnerabilities, with a focus on opportunities to re-imagine how we approach disaster preparedness.
A must-read for any disaster/emergency/crisis management professional, Jeff identifies and explores the most critical threats facing the world today, detailing the dangers of pandemics, climate change, infrastructure collapse, cyberattacks, and nuclear conflict.
Listen to the interview to hear Jeff share his important insights and observations, along with a special message and shout-out to all the helpers and heroes leading our communities, and our countries, through these challenging times.
Stay safe, heroes!
“The changes we have seen in this hospital during this whole pandemic are remarkable – not only the physical changes, but emotional ones as well. Seeing everyone come together to fight for our patients has been an amazing experience...” - Mary, a nurse at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI
BEHIND THE MASKS: VOICES FROM THE FRONTLINE
On our first 'Coronavirus special edition' of Disaster Heroes airing LIVE on June 8 at 2pm ET, we have some very special surprise guests we'll be hearing from throughout the episode, including some of the healthcare heroes and essential workers risking their lives daily to help save ours.We'll also talk to Mark Howell, the Founder and Executive Director of Fund a Life.Already over 4,000 + members strong, Mark recently created the Facebook group 'Highlight our Heroes', where members recognize and celebrate our frontline heroes by posting stories, pictures, and efforts to inspire hope in our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.Be sure to tune into this very special *live* episode of Disaster Heroes on June 8 to hear some of the 'voices behind the masks' and what they want to share with you!