Disaster Preparedness

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30 Issues: Disaster Preparedness and Response

Friday, October 04, 2013

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

30 Issues Public Safety Week wraps up with a look at disaster response and the next mayor with Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia School of Public Health.

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New York State Ready

Friday, January 04, 2013

Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia School of Public Health and founder of the Children's Health Fund talks about his work as the co-chair of the post-Sandy New York State Ready commission. He is also the author of Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do

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All About Context

Friday, January 04, 2013

Dr. Irwin Redlener, co-chair of the New York State Ready commission, talks about a post-Sandy report on the state’s emergency preparedness. Plus: Dana Stevens of Slate and Tricia Rose at Brown University talk about the film “Django Unchained” and its message about race and violence; why some patients are becoming aware while under anesthesia; what’s behind the popularity of online college classes; and the secret to changing habits.

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Thad Allen on Federal Disaster Response

Friday, November 30, 2012

Retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen discusses his recent appointment by Gov. Cuomo to co-chair the NYS Respond Commission on emergency preparedness in the state, and his experience. Allen coordinated federal response in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and was the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is also a Senior Vice President at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Post-Disaster Communities

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rebeca Solnit, historian, activist, and author of several books including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, discusses the history of how disasters create communities in the context of our post-Sandy reality-and what climate change activists should do now.

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Open Phones: Lessons Learned From Sandy

Friday, November 16, 2012

What did you learn about emergency preparedness during Sandy? What measures worked and what didn't, and what will you do next time? 

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Disaster Relief After Sandy

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and founder of the Children's Health Fund, looks at the disaster relief operation underway and talks about the roles of the various organizations, from FEMA to ad hoc grassroots groups.

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The Takeaway

Are We Prepared for a Brutal Hurricane Season?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hurricane season begins today and experts are expecting a larger than normal season, with 12 to 18 named hurricanes, three to six of which could turn into major hurricanes. With many parts of the country still reeling from tornadoes, and cuts to the disaster preparedness budget, how prepared are we as we begin hurricane season? Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and co-founder and president of Children's Health Fund, has the answer.