Disaster Tales
Disaster Housing: Interview with Paolo Tirimani

Disaster Housing: Interview with Paolo Tirimani

October 15, 2020

Liz Root and I talk to Boxabl CEO Paolo Tirimani about the post disaster housing options he's developed.  

Ithaca Typhoid Epidemic of 1903

Ithaca Typhoid Epidemic of 1903

September 15, 2020

In 1903 the waters around Ithaca, New York became contaminated with typhus.  Typhoid struck both the town and the then young Cornell University. CIIndK0cD16hQnJzzvTE

 

Puerto Rico Earthquakes of 2020

Puerto Rico Earthquakes of 2020

August 15, 2020

With all the COVID 19 stuff going on, many Americans may not be aware that part of our country, Puerto Rico has been suffering devastating earthquakes since the beginning of the year.  Hundreds are unhoused, sleeping in their cars and worried for the next one to hit. 

This is after two incredibly destructive hurricanes in 2017 that killed an estimated 1400 to 2900 American citizens, the earthquake swarm of 2020 has caused massive damage to homes, businesses and utilities. 

Americans in Puerto Rico could use our help with infrastructure upgrades and repairs, relaxing of restrictive import laws and perhaps even becoming the 51st state. They pay taxes just like the rest of us, but don't have representation in congress. And how fair is that?

 

Disaster Avoidance Discussion

Disaster Avoidance Discussion

July 14, 2020

Interview with Disaster Avoidance Professional and author Gleb Tspursky.  We discuss planning a disaster recovery for your business and how to apply those principles to the current pandemic. This is a MUST HEAR!

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.  

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