I’m a bit of a podcast addict. I listen to them all the time – at the gym, mowing the lawn, long drives, etc. There are podcasts out there for all interests. I’ve struggled, however, these last few years, with finding a good emergency management podcast. Sure, I’ve found a few, but I find them to generally have limited relevancy and also to be boring as hell. Yes, I want to learn, but I also want to be entertained. Last week, after seeing a tweet from Brandon Greenburg about guesting on a podcast, I was immediately intrigued.
First off, if you aren’t familiar with Brandon, you should be. He blogs regularly about disasters and technology, usually together, and has great thoughts and ideas. Brandon is not only a practitioner, but also an academic, currently pursuing a Ph.D. from GWU in technology and disaster management. Brandon is one of those colleagues who I’ve never met, yet correspond with via our blogging and social media platforms. Since he knows EM and he knows tech and social media, anything Brandon would be on immediately gives me cause to pay attention. For more on Brandon, visit www.disasternet.co or on Twitter @disasternet.
Getting to the podcast, the name is the Dukes of Hazards, hosted by Mitch Stripling and Andrew McMahan. From their website, the podcast is “… an irreverent (but useful) podcast about disaster response, emergency management, mobilization culture, community resilience, and life in emergency operations. Also, drones. Research. Movie reviews. Jokes.” It really is all of that. And a clever name!
Mitch and Andrew have clearly cracked the secret code of podcasting – talk about any subject (even one that is serious, like emergency management) and make it both informative and entertaining. They clearly have a good time recording (the beer and cookies probably help with that), they are experienced in EM, and they continue to stay current in the practice. Their discussion topics are interesting and relevant, and they fully use dialogue – with each other, guests, and written listener feedback – to help you feel engaged in their discussion.
Dukes of Hazards looks at current events in EM, new practices and ideas, and discusses the future direction of different facets of our field. They even occasionally poke fun at some of our idiosyncrasies and common personality traits, which is a breath of fresh air! There are also some occasional pop culture references like Star Wars and The Walking Dead that make me quite happy.
Bottom line – informative, entertaining, beer and cookies. Need I say more?
Check out Dukes of Hazards at www.hazardspodcast.com for more info. You can listen to their podcasts from the website, iTunes, and other outlets. They can also be found on Twitter at @hazardspodcast. You won’t be sorry.
© 2015 – Timothy Riecker
Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC