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…

Preparing for Hurricane Season

For some people, June means the end of school and the beginning of vacation season. For many NPLI participants, however, June marks the commencement of hurricane season. Leading the public is an essential component in preparing for large storms and resilience in their aftermath. Rich Serino, Cohort I, former Deputy Administrator at FEMA, and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI, recently sat down with Juliette Kayyem to discuss hurricane…

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,…

Assessing the Response in Boston

The recent Boston Marathon bombings tested the city’s preparedness and response. These efforts included many associated with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Here is a quick round up of some of the more interesting pieces: The Harvard School of Public Health Forum held a live webcast in conjunction with WBUR featuring NPLI Founding Co-director Dr. Leonard Marcus, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Don Boyce (Cohort IV), Massachusetts General…