Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Pivoting from Response to Recovery

The one, two, three punch of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have required enormous response efforts.Government agencies, non-profits, businesses, and the public have all demonstrated generosity of spirit and action. The fury of nature has been met with courage, persistence, and resilience. Having seen and been with NPLI alumni through multiple natural disasters, we’ve learned that now comes one of the most important pivots: from the immediacy of response to…

NPLI Confronts Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Hurricane Harvey has lashed Texas with significant winds and unprecedented rains. Thousands are homeless and rescue operations continue. Then Irma blasted across the Caribbean, across Florida, and into the southeastern United States. Marina wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and other islands. We have heard from many NPLI alumni involved in the response and know that many more are working to help the affected communities cope. There are many opportunities for…

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…

NPLI Alum Nominated for Outstanding Public Service

Kevin Hannes (Cohort IX) and the FEMA Operation Precious Cargo Team have been nominated for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for public service. Kevin and his team, “Coordinated emergency assistance when tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossed the Southwest border, providing them food, shelter and medical care, and helping unite the children with family members.” Sandy Coachman, a FEMA coordinating officer and Hannes’…

Richard Serino Joins NPLI Faculty

Richard Serino (Cohort I), former Deputy Administrator of FEMA and Chief of Boston EMS, has joined the NPLI faculty as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In this role he will participate in the NPLI’s education and research initiatives. Serino brings more than 40 years of experience in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery as well as mass casualty incidents and leadership and innovation in government. He has received more than thirty-five local,…