Disaster Tales
Immediate Emergency Housing with Liz Root

Immediate Emergency Housing with Liz Root

June 15, 2020

 After a disaster and before you can move back into your home, you may need immediate emergency housing.  This can be a Red Cross shelter, a mobile home, a tent or one of many other innovative housing ideas.Discussion with Liz Root, Disaster Assistance specialist.

COVID 19 Discussion

COVID 19 Discussion

May 14, 2020

Kate and co host Barb Lonsky discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus, its causes, presentations, treatments, and protection. 

Kate has a 40 year background in emergency management with special studies in pandemic response. 

Barb has a 35 year medical background of respiratory therapy and accompanying experience with previous viral and other infections.

Learn what to do and why you should. And stay safe. 

Trauma and Stress Interview with Dr. Richard Oelberger

Trauma and Stress Interview with Dr. Richard Oelberger

February 15, 2020

In our interview with Dr. Richard Oelberger we discuss trauma and its effects on disaster survivors, relief workers and police who encounter these difficult situations. Richard has his own podcast about sports psychology, RichardListens on Spotify and Instagram. 

The Sultana Disaster

The Sultana Disaster

January 16, 2020

In the early morning hours of April 27th, 1865, America's biggest maritime disaster occurred just north of Memphis on the Mississippi River.  The riverboat Sultana exploded, killing approximately 2100 recently released Union prisoners on their way home after the war.  It's the biggest little disaster you never heard of. 

Kincade Fire Evacuation

Kincade Fire Evacuation

December 15, 2019

Co-Host John Horrell discusses his recent mandatory evacuation from his home for the Kincade fire in Sonoma County California.  John discusses his experience evacuating with three cats, dos and don'ts and strategies for planning and escaping safely. 

Image Courtesy LA Times. 

Sweet: Molasses Flood and Sugar Plant Explosion

Sweet: Molasses Flood and Sugar Plant Explosion

November 23, 2019

The Great Molasses Flood, sometimes referred to locally as the Boston Molassacre, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. This event killed 21 people and created a 40-foot wave of molasses which buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inundated the neighborhood.

In 2008 the Georgia sugar refinery explosion was an industrial disaster that occurred on February 7, 2008, in Port Wentworth, Georgia. Fourteen people were killed and forty injured when a dust explosion occurred at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar.  

Influenza-Local Effects

Influenza-Local Effects

October 15, 2019

We've all heard about the deadly influenza outbreak of 1918, but how did it affect real people.  Disaster Tales has gone through local records to find details lost in the overall pandemic.  Archivist Renea Dauntes co-hosts.

The Children’s Blizzard of 1888

The Children’s Blizzard of 1888

September 15, 2019

On January 12th, 1888 an arctic cold front, the coldest ever measured, raced down the center of the American heartland.  There were far below zero temperatures, windchills measured at -110 F and freezing effects as far south as Brownsville, Texas.  The storm hit the Dakota Territories, Minnesota and Nebraska about the same time children were walking home from school.  This storm was a killer. 

Waco Episode 3 - The Siege

Waco Episode 3 - The Siege

August 20, 2019

The Branch Davidian siege at Waco in 1993 was a deadly carnival of coincidence, misjudgement and errors.  This is the third and final part of our Waco podcast.  It's part of a collaboration with Home on the Strange podcast host Lynsie Wilson. 

You can find Part 1 here: 

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpsfeedsbuzzsproutcom291866rss/home-on-the-strange

Part 2 is on Disaster Tales and you can find it here:

https://disastertales.podbean.com/e/waco-part-2-the-prelude/

We hope you listen to all three parts in order to get the full story. 

Waco Part 2 - The Prelude

Waco Part 2 - The Prelude

August 13, 2019

Home on the Strange host Lynsie Wilson joins us to discuss the history of the Branch Davidians, the rise of David Koresh, and the circumstances that led over 70 people to their deaths. It remains to this day one of the largest domestic tragedies involving the United States Government, and is still referenced in popular culture regularly. This episode contains graphic content. 

For early access to part 3, please help support our show by going to Patreon and becoming a patron! 

This is part 2.  If you haven't already heard it, go straight to Home on the Strange Podcast for Part 1!