HSEMA Off the Record
Battling Disasters, Crisis Leadership, and Mass Care
Leadership doesn’t come naturally, and those who rise to the occasion often have a story to tell. In this week’s episode, Brad Belzak – Chairman of the DC Government Homeland Security Commission (HSC), is joined by Dr. Denis Onieal, Former US Deputy Fire Administrator.Dr. Onieal recently served as a subject matter expert for the Homeland Security Commission’s 2020 Annual Report, which focused on mass care. In this episode, Dr. Onieal shares lessons learned on crisis leadership, battling disasters, and mass care.To learn more about the HSC, visit hsema.dc.gov/homelandsecuritycommission
2020: A Year of Response
In March of 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared the COVID-19 pandemic a public health emergency and activated the District's Emergency Operations Center. For the last year, DC Government employees have worked behind the scenes to keep our communities informed, prepared, and safe.In this week’s episode, HSEMA Director Dr. Christopher Rodriguez will be discussing the impacts COVID-19 has had on the District of Columbia with DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt and Assistant City Administrator Jay Melder.For more information on the District of Columbia's COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, visitcoronavirus.dc.gov.
Be A Good Neighbor This Winter Season
Cold weather is on its way and this week, we're discussing the District's outreach to vulnerable populations in our community. Director Rodriguez is joined by Laura Zeilinger, Director of the DC Department of Human Services (DHS), and Melvyn Smith, the Homeless Services Outreach Coordinator about services and resources in place to support our neighbors in need. Tune in to learn how you can help protect residents experiencing homelessness from cold weather injury and death. For more information on resources provided by DHS, visit dhs.dc.gov.
Behind the Scenes: DC's COVID-19 Response and Recovery
COVID-19 has forced us to adjust almost all aspects of our daily lived. We know that COVID fatigue is real, but we must remember that our efforts are saving lives. Under the leadership of Mayor Bowser, the District of Columbia Government has been work on the City’s pandemic response since late February. In today's episode, HSEMA Director Chris Rodriguez is joined by DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt to discuss the District's response and recovery efforts thus far. To learn more about the District's COVID-19 response, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.For details on the DC COVID Alert Notice, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/dccan.
Women in Emergency Management
It's no secret that emergency management is a traditionally male-dominated field. But at HSEMA, there are so many dedicated women that are committed to helping District residents, businesses and visitors. Our team believes in breaking stereotypes, and we're not just talking about gender. HSEMA is a diverse workforce in every sense of the word - age, gender, ethnicity, race, and religion.HSEMA’s Jerica Shackelford, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Carrie Speranza, Deputy Director, join us this week to discuss the importance of having a diverse workforce and how women can make their mark in the emergency management field.
2020 Snow Ready Week
It's time to start thinking about cold weather and that dreaded "S" word...snow! In fact, this week is Snow Ready Week. To help us better understand what that means, we're joined this week by the District Department of Public Works. Tune in as Tim Spriggs explains the role DPW plays in the District's preparations for snow and winter weather.To learn more about the District Snow Team, visit snow.dc.gov.To learn how to safely prepare yourself, your loved ones and your home for winter, visit ready.dc.gov/winterwx.
2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Over the past few months, HSEMA’s focus has been on the District’s response to COVID-19. While the pandemic has certainly changed the way we go about our daily lives, it’s going to take a lot more than a pandemic to stop Mother Nature!The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun, and DC, the time to prepare is now. In today’s episode, HSEMA's Chief of Operations Clint Osborn speaks with Chris Strong of the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office. Tune in as we focus on getting your households and businesses prepared for the potential hazards hurricane season can bring.For more information about NWS' Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office, visit https://www.weather.gov/lwx/For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit ready.dc.gov/hurricane.
Leaders in the Field: Jim Schwartz
This week, we're kicking off a new segment called "Leaders in the Field." During these episodes, we'll meet with leaders in the emergency management, homeland security, and intelligence fields to discuss their careers and experiences, and advice they'd give to new professionals in the field.To start us off, HSEMA Director Chris Rodriguez is joined by Jim Schwartz, Deputy County Manager for the city of Arlington, Virginia. With more than 36 years of experience, Mr. Schwartz is a regional leader in the field of emergency management and response. Tune in as Director Rodriguez speaks with Jim about his experience leading the Unified Command effort for the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attack, serving as Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department, and the advice he'd give to emerging leaders in the field.If you have a topic you'd like covered in a future episode, visithttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hsemapodcast
Emergency Management: Collaboration Across State Lines
On this week's episode of HSEMA Off the Record, we're breaking down the jurisdictional boundaries of the National Capital Region (NCR) and highlighting the collaboration between emergency management leaders in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.HSEMA Director Dr. Christopher Rodriguez speaks with Dr. Jeff Stern (State Coordinator of Virginia Department of Emergency Management), Russel Strickland (Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency) and Dr. Earl Stoddard (Director of Montgomery County, Maryland's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security) about:Changes to the field of emergency management change within the past 5-10 yearsChallenges and lessons learned they've experienced in their careersAdvice they'd give to emergency management professionals just getting into the fieldTraits or characteristics that would make an individual successful in the field of emergency managementIf you have a topic you'd like covered in a future episode, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hsemapodcast