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'Disaster Heroes - the Podcast' is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by international crisis management consultant and author Suzanne Bernier, based on her critically-acclaimed book, 'Disaster Heroes'. During each episode, the host, a former journalist and news anchor will highlight and interview everyday people who have done or continue to do extraordinary things following disasters.

For every disaster reported in the media, there are thousands of inspiring and uplifting stories we don’t ever hear about. Disaster Heroes helps to bring some of these stories to you, not only to highlight some of these helpers and heroes from around the world but also to remind us all that 'there is a hero in each of us'.
6 Episodes
On this episode, we talk to Founder and 'Chief Wrangler' of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Since 2010, this 'EM visionary' and her FIT team have been responding to disasters in new and innovative ways, working together with communities at the grassroots level to enhance neighborhood disaster resilience. Now a non-profit, FIT volunteers from across the globe deploy to disasters and work on disaster risk reduction and resiliency efforts.Their past work in disasters includes hurricane Sandy in 2012, the 2013 Moore, OK tornadoes, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Philippines typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and the 2014 mudslide in Oso, WA. The team continues to deploy into disasters working with communities across the globe. On this episode, Desi shares with us some examples of heroic emergency management and leadership demonstrated by a few communities she's had the opportunity to work with, both in Canada and the U.S.LinksTwitter – - – - – – – –
On this episode, we talk to Jeff Parness, Founder and Executive Director of the New York Says Thank You Foundation and its many wonderful offshoot projects, including Stars of HOPE USA. As many charitable organizations are often born of tragedy, as this one was, there is something unique about Jeff, his family, and the New York Says Thank You Foundation's story. Jeff talks to us today about his heroic journey over the past 15 + years, helping to provide hope and healing to disaster-stricken communities across America and the globe. LinksTwitter – - – - - jeff@newyorksaysthankyou.orgPodcast – – – –
On this episode, we talk to #SMEM (Social Media in Emergency Management) pioneer Rebecca Williams, who, along with her daughter Genevieve, provided a new model for the way we communicate after disasters.Moved to action by the deadly 2011 tornado in Joplin, MO, they were the first to use social media, particularly Facebook, to share disaster information and resources with the public in an organized, well-coordinated manner.LinksTwitter – – – – – –
On this episode, we talk to New Orleans native Ronnie Goldman, a very special hero who single-handedly helped rebuild the New York City Fire Department following the 9/11 terror attacks. Ronnie is also the inspiration behind the 2015 book, 'Disaster Heroes - Invisible Champions of Help, Hope and Healing'. Ronnie Goldman, a retired telephone engineer from New Orleans, started a fundraising campaign after seeing President George W. Bush address the nation standing atop one of the 35 fire trucks destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. His original goal was to raise enough money to build and deliver a brand new fire truck to FDNY on behalf of the residents of Louisiana, to replace one of the many lost that tragic day.In the end, thanks to Ronnie's efforts, the people of Louisiana raised $1.2 million, which went to purchase several response vehicles for the New York City Fire Department, including the first delivery, a pumper truck named “The Spirit of Louisiana,” as well as two special duty vehicles, the Heart of Louisiana, also known as “Spirit 2,” and the “Soul of Louisiana, or “Spirit 3.” But the story doesn’t end there.In a heartwarming twist of fate, little did Ronnie know that The Spirit of Louisiana would return to the state of its inception to help respond and rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. A total of 343 New York City firefighters, the same number lost in 9/11, joined the Spirit in New Orleans to provide assistance after Katrina.Then, in 2012, the Spirit was recommissioned and dispatched back to New York to support recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy, where it remained for several months before returning to Louisiana. The two cities, separated by 1200 miles, continue to enjoy a unique and lasting connection, all thanks to “everyday hero” Ronnie Goldman.LinksPodcast - - -
On this episode, we talk to 9-year-old Lucas Vetter, who started a fundraising campaign to help equip his local fire department with costly lifesaving CPR devices. Since he first started his effort, Lucas’ dream has grown, and he plans to raise enough money to buy 22 LUCAS devices - one for each fire truck in Livingston County.Links
On this first episode of Disaster Heroes - The Podcast, we speak with Chris Hopcraft, the founder of the World Trade Center Oak Project, who tells us about a very special 9/11 project he created to provide hope, healing, and to honor some of the many heroes lost in the September 11 World Trade Center terror attacks.LinksPodcast - - - - - admin@wtc-oaks.orgFacebook - -
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