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I-DIEM News & Media Updates

I-DIEM CEO Moderates Emergency Management Growth Initiative Virtual Panel: https://youtu.be/bS4xKq1qjnA

I-DIEM CEO Keynotes the National VOAD Conference on Racial Justice and Equity in Emergency Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60FtRrYODg&t=49s

2021 Natural Hazards Workshop Features I-DIEM Keynote Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHP2WSWLevE&t=1s

WNYC: Are Disasters Natural?: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/takeaway/segments/are-disasters-natural

I-DIEM Featured on Multi-Hazards Podcast: https://youtu.be/SHbICqDp3ao

I-DIEM Provides Testimony on Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey before the United States Commission on Civil Rights: (416) Civil Rights Implications of Disaster Relief: Hurricane Harvey in Texas – Panel 2 (English) – YouTube

I-DIEM Co-Founder Testifies Climate Change Before House Homeland Security Committee: (416) Hearing: Examining Climate Change: A Threat to the Homeland – YouTube

I-DIEM Successfully Advocates for Update to FEMA Policy on Heir’s Property:

Black News Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgHQH9QiDKA&t=137s

NPR: https://www.gpb.org/news/2021/06/29/why-fema-aid-unavailable-many-who-need-it-the-most

NPR: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/30/1011901524/lower-income-survivors-are-less-likely-to-get-fema-aid-after-disaster-documents-

WBUR: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/09/08/fema-policy-black-homeowners

I-DIEM Promotes Environmental Justice and Health at NACHC 50th Anniversary Webinar: https://youtu.be/gQlCl8wa8K4

I-DIEM Leads Inclusive Resilience Workshop with City of Sarasota: https://www.nlc.org/article/2021/12/15/how-sarasota-fl-is-leading-on-climate-resilience-equity-training/

I-DIEM Provides Congressional Testimony Before 117th Congress House Appropriations Committee: https://youtu.be/Y2qsjHmZvfg

I-DIEM Provides Congressional Testimony on Ensuring Equity in FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: https://youtu.be/khtG_CkVn34

National Disaster Safety Board Legislation:

On Friday, May 28, 2022, Senators Schatz and Cassidy reintroduced the Disaster Learning and Lifesaving Act which would create the National Disaster Safety Board. I-DIEM provided policy review and recommendations on the legislation which was first introduced in October 2020.IDIEM provided additional Disaster Expert, Scholar and Academic Institution support along with Former FEMA Administrators, Craig Fugate and Brock Long, and a collaborative of over 40 local, state, and national organizations and coalitions.

I-DIEM Keynotes Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership Annual Meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmUdgTNpi7A&list=PLN1Eo26yGEtC8u8bOQPazldbyfjWMK8Yi&index=7

I-DIEM Provides Congressional Testimony on Pandemic Response and the Unequal Impacts of COVID-19: House Hearing on Coronavirus Pandemic and Response | C-SPAN.org

https://youtu.be/IMpkzTrleDQ

I-DIEM Chief of Staff Serves on ASPA Disaster Panel: (416) Dismantling White Supremacy Part 6: Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness – YouTube

I-DIEM Featured in Forbes Magazine on “How Scientific Research Can Help Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: How Scientific Research Can Help Diversity And Inclusion (forbes.com)

I-DIEM Serves on Panel Advocating for Increased Use of Data to improve Disaster and Racial Disparities: https://youtu.be/4NtrhKf9518

NPR: Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/21/904790465/its-peak-hurricane-season-you-should-have-these-plans-ready

COVID-19 Equity Problem is Easier to Identify Than Solve: https://news.vcu.edu/article/COVID19s_equity_problem_is_easier_to_identify_than_it_is_to_solve

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On Friday, May 28, 2022, Senators Schatz and Cassidy reintroduced the Disaster Learning and Lifesaving Act which would create the National Disaster Safety Board. I-DIEM provided policy review and recommendations on the legislation which was first introduced in October 2020.IDIEM provided additional Disaster Expert, Scholar and […]
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Internal FEMA documents suggest low-income disaster survivors are less likely to receive some types of housing assistance. Critics point out there are also racial disparities in who gets help. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: An NPR investigation finds the federal government is not providing crucial assistance to some […]
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How can emergency management (EM) change? Include different kinds of staff? Better serve diverse communities? Join this Multi-Hazards episode as Chauncia Willis, Co-Founder and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) and seasoned EM practitioner herself, shows us the joys and […]
Wildfires. Flooding. Hurricanes. These all come to mind when one thinks of natural disasters. There have been many this year including the most recent flooding in Tennessee where at least 21 people died and many more are still missing. But just how natural are these disasters? […]
The enemy of equity is the failure to acknowledge existing inequities. Now more than ever, it is critical that we—as a society—acknowledge the embedded bias that exists within all systems and structures, including emergency management and hazards mitigation.
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The “Emergency Management as a Career” panel series introduces students, professionals and those interested in or thinking about a career in Emergency Management to experts in the field. This panel is aimed at those with a background in public administration/the nonprofit space.

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