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…