Leadership Key to Florence Response

NPLI alumni are once again at the front lines of responses to massive storms. Hurricane Florence, described as “the storm of the century” is dumping millions of gallons of rain on the eastern seaboard and driving significant storm surges. Coastal and inland flooding is widespread. Through the media, NPLI Distinguished Senior Fellow and former FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino has been noting the importance of leadership to the success of…

NPLI Alumni Present Team Project to California Emergency Services Leadership

Last month, NPLI associate director Eric McNulty joined the members of the Executive Education Program Cohort XVI in Sacramento to visit with the leadership of the California Military Department and the California Office of Emergency Services on preparing for and responding to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident. The NPLI alumni were members of Team Space Weather Acute Response Measures (SWARM), the meta-leadership team that as a part of their NPLI…

NPLI Faculty Peter Neffenger Featured in ‘Resilient World’ Podcast

Peter Neffenger, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative alumni and faculty, was recently featured in the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience “Resilient World” podcast. It’s hosted by Christine Wormuth, director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. In the episode, Neffenger describes the importance of building resilient systems, sharing wisdom from his experience as former Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and as the former…

Inter-Agency Connectivity Central to Meta-Leadership Team Projects

It’s the areas without policies and practices where leadership strategies become crucial. This is why a key part of NPLI’s Executive Education Program is the meta-leadership team project. Since our opening session in December 2017, these crisis leaders had spent the past six months back at their various agencies and roles incorporating meta-leadership into their work and team projects. Through a range of inter-agency collaboration and stakeholder analyses, Cohort XVI’s projects…

The Challenges of Extreme Hurricanes

The extraordinary wallop from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 tested the capacity and capability of the response system. There were many challenges as well as stories of resourcefulness, resilience, and courage from Texas to Puerto Rico. Recently, the Leadership Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convened an all-star panel to discuss what we’ve learned about extreme hurricanes that should be carried forward for future planning and training.…

Leadership Challenges in Crisis Communications

Crisis and disaster response are laden with communications challenges for leaders: within agencies, across the response enterprise, with political officials, and with the general public. Get it right and everything goes much more smoothly. Rich Serino (Cohort I and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI) recently sat down with Anthony Mangeri, an advisor to DomPrep Journal, to discuss best practices and challenges for leaders in communications in the midst…

Drones in Disaster Relief

Robotics are increasingly part of the disaster response arsenal. The many uses are just now being discovered and both professionals and amateurs in the field are going to have to get used to working alongside mechanical colleagues. Among the uses are finding survivors in areas where humans may have difficult access, delivery of medical and other supplies, and improving overall situational awareness. The Field Innovation Team led by Desi Matel-Anderson…