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I'd like to share the final list of movies for the Disaster Film class I'll be teaching in the fall! #EMGTwitter

Before I do... some of you are going to be in a huff about certain movies not being included but I need y'all to be chill. (Some of you were not chill last time.)
I assure you have given this a lot of thought and this is what's best for this particular course and my particular students. This is set in stone so there's no negotiation that needs to happen.

Okay, here we go.
Disaster Film as Popular Culture: 100 Years of The Titanic

A Night to Remember (1958) Image
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I have never seen US emergency managers panic over anything as much as they do when someone suggests cutting EMPG funding.

So, we thought we should probably do a bit of research on it. #EMGTwitter

@Gerber_Chavez_ @amsavitt @tbcorbin & @DowneyDavia Image
The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) is a ~$355 million annual grant program that gives a few million dollars to each state for preparedness-related needs.

This is not a perfect program but for now, it's what we have.…
EMPG funding is used for a range of things including upgrading equipment, funding education programs, plan development, and most importantly paying emergency managers salaries.

Practitioners and academics have been very clear that this grant must be protected. Image
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OK, with #EMGTwitter chatting about PIOs and @SamLMontano discussing the communications issues with the East Palestine response, here's a long thread on the topic.

There has always been much confusion over what a Public Information Officer is. 1/
Yes, it is a position within ICS that is part of the Command Staff and has standards and experience requirements--but often people don't think of PIO work as being the equivalent of Safety or other General Staff positions like Operations, Plans, or Logistics. 2/
Part of that is because PIOs use the same tools as Public Affairs folks and are often the same people. Public Affairs has, arguably, a negative connotation for many, including as management lackeys and spin meisters. 3/
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I grew up about 30 miles from East Palestine, love trains, and am obviously an emergency manager. Here’s a thread on what we know about the train derailment, the response, and things I am thinking about. #EastPalestine #EMGTwitter 🧵 (1/15)
Here’s what we know: Norfolk Southern train 32N left Illinois en route to Conway, Pennsylvania. This is a daily mixed freight train, meaning it has box cars, tankers, gondolas, and flatcars full of various products. 32N in happier times: (Flickr) (2/15) Image
The train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. EP is a village of about 4,500 people on the Ohio/PA line. It's in Columbiana County, which is mainly rural. It's in the Youngstown-Warren CSA but culturally tied to Appalachia and Pittsburgh. EP in happier times: (Wikipedia) (3/15) Image
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🧵Here's a thread of important things to keep in mind as this disaster unfolds.

1. This wasn't a "natural disaster". Disasters result when there is an *interaction* between a hazard and us to the point that the impacts/ needs overwhelm our communities. There's always more than one factor that creates our risk.

2. Everyone is NOT running around looting. People are NOT frozen with panic. Martial Law has NOT been declared. The vast majority of people are making the best decisions they can with the information and resources they have.…
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#EMReadingList: Day off & re-reading Amanda Ripley's (2008) The Unthinkable, the next @Epicenter_EM book club pick. As always I'll share items for EM/disaster mgmt folks as I go. Looking at those tabs there should be lots. #EMGTwitter if you've read it, what are your takeaways? Image
A motto for disaster/EM researchers&students: "Knowledge will grow scientific only after the most faithful examination of many catastrophies"(vii) from Samuel H. Prince's 1920 Catastrophe & Social Change, i.e. the first study of disaster, the one about the 1917 Halifax explosion.
"These days, we tend to think of disasters as acts of God and government. Regular people only feature in the equation as victims, which is a shame. Because regular people are the most important people at a disaster scene, every time" (xi). Still pretty accurate 13 years on...
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THREAD: My research was published today in the International Journal Of Disaster Risk Reduction (#DRR) The link is below. I wanted to take you through it in a series of graphics and infographics. So here goes....…
This is #SantaBarbara, California. It really is a beautiful place to live, but expensive too. (Secretly - or maybe not - I would LOVE to live and work here). It is also where I carried out my #PhD fieldwork, Living my best #phdlife...
Like many places in Southern California, there are a number of #naturalhazards that can and do impact on the city and its surrounding County:

Wildfires 🔥🔥
Mudslides ⛰️ 🪨
Earthquakes 🏚️🏚️
Tsunamis 🌊🌊
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Folks, it's time. I'm watching it. A little solo Disasterologists At The Movies.

#DATM #EMGTwitter
Whew. A pretty graphic opening wildfire scene, an explosion, and the classic 'family having breakfast together' to reel us in...
I didn't quite think through how difficult this will be to live-tweet without spoilers... I'll keep things very vague since probably none of you have seen this yet. 😬
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IAEM released some recommendations for the first 100 days of the Biden administration related to emergency management.

"The President-Elect should announce his nominee for FEMA Administrator before the end of this year."

IAEM has strong "hurry the hell up" energy.
Not all heroes wear capes, some heroes use capital letters to emphasize their point.
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😀👋Good morning #30days30waysUK where our #TuesdayToughts turn to #WeatherAware ☀️🌧️🌈 Know what's coming, sing up for weather warnings, #BePrepared.
[🧵thread, day 8 September is #Preparedness Month]
#SMEM #EMGtwitter
🤔🤔"Red sky at night, shepherds' delight - red sky in the morning..."...😱🐏🐏🐏
Who do you trust with being #WeatherAware?
Let's check it out with @scott_mills and @ITVCharlieP with this @metoffice video from back in 2017.... ▶️🔉
😎Be #WeatherAware, sign up for FREE official @metoffice warnings
📲 App…
🐦Find and follow twitter local metoffice warnings via search string…
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😃👋 Welcome to #30days30waysUK 2020 🇬🇧
the 6th edition of the ‘September is #Preparedness Month’.
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Wow 🤩 What a day!! Over 100 partners taking part on the first day!!
What a fantastic start for this years #30Days30WaysUK Thank you so much 👏🏻
We are so excited for this year - stay with us! it’s going to be a great September!!
Here are some of our partners 👇
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😮🥳Exciting!! Today starts the countdown for #30days30waysUK September is Preparedness Month:
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#SaturdayMotivation #SaturdayVibes
😍🤩 Countdown to the 6th annual #30days30waysUK September is Preparedness Month. 🐦🐣Early bird #GetReady.
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#SundayFunday #SundayMotivation
😎🍿#BePreparedNotScared Countdown to the 6th annual #30days30waysUK September is Preparedness Month

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#MondayMotivation #preparedness #SMEM #EMGtwitter
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Ive seen a bunch of folks in the past few days have realizations about our increased vulnerability to other disasters bc of COVID.

Disaster experts, emergency managers & journalists have been on this since COVID began (even before!) so I want to share some resources! #EMGTwitter
Here’s my first thread raising concern about this in early March:

Also remember there already have been other disasters around the world that have been affected by the COVID response – do a google on Midland, Cyclone Amphan & Harold among others.
Here’s a thread of just SOME of the articles that have addressed this concern:

Here’s @KendraWrites talking about how COVID could hinder wildfire efforts all the way back in March:…
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As part of #NextGenNatSec #Blackvoices #DiverseVoices, please meet @mtcolemanjr. Today he’ll cover #EMGTwitter #DisasterResilience & the role of #Faith in #NatSec and #BlackNatSec Learn more about Marcus here:…
He is @AEC_Coleman’s Husband & a proud @HowadU @AmericanU & @OFA alum, he’s active in @HavardNPLI & @TrumanProject & proudly serves on the boards for @FairchanceDC, @NatSecDiv @IDIEM_Global & currently works at @HWC_DC #BlackVoices
Inspirations include his mother, his Alma Mater @HowardU, #Team180 and the commitment and passion of the wonderful students leaders of @HUASB and the @HowardUChapel team learn more about @HUASB here:…
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Attention please!

We need to talk about how FEMA/ the White House are STILL not approving the use of existing disaster aid programs in the MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC.

This should be a damn scandal.

. @lisalsong has published the first real article about this today for ProPublica. It is excellent.

You should read it in full and note the widespread agreement of emergency management experts.…
Remember a few weeks ago when we talked about the different types of declarations and I explained that the reason they are important is that they open up certain types of funding and resources?

Here’s the breakdown dating back to March 13th.…
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Please make sure you’re following @CarleePurdumPhD in these COVID-19 times!

She has been posting really important information about incarcerated populations.

Actually, let’s make this a thread.

You should follow @USofDisaster for some disaster history takes and thought provoking questions like this:

I’ve recommended everyone follow @DrNLouissaint like 1000 times but one more wont hurt.

She is brilliant on all things public health/ emergency management and runs @HC_Ready which you should also follow.
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Hi #EMGTwitter: now is the time to really start paying attention to self-care. It’s not a woo-woo concept; it’s about getting enough rest and staying healthy so you can dig in for a long term emergency public health response.
You might find yourself working long hours in the close quarters of an EOC for an extended period of times as you work to protect your communities. What are your agencies policies for ensuring responders immediate and long-term wellbeing during extended response coordination?
You might find yourself navigating uncharted waters w/ little direction or urgency from agencies you thought of as authorities. You might find yourself battling the idea that the very real threat you face is a hoax or overstated. How are you building trust now as a public agency?
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Happy Monday! I have been wanting to do this for a while, but I have been reviewing my social vulnerability work lately and I wanted to share some of my work with the #EMGTwitter universe. I am hoping to dive in and map some new cities soon. 1/n
As EMs, we wear MANY hats. With preparedness, outreach tasks, preplanning, and mitigation - we never have a short to-do list. This only includes blue sky days activities as well... not even talking about response/recovery!

SV can help us prioritize some tasks in our cities! 2/n
So many disaster studies have shown that there are certain demographics that cause people to have a higher risk of injury or death during disasters. These same variables also point to:
-Less storm resource access
-Less prepared
-Likely to have higher financial damage [3/n]
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Finally got to watch an insightful webinar on the CERT work @leiniemom has worked on. A THREAD - on some very good CERT ideas for up and coming teams. #EMGTwitter #CommunityIsKey #CERT

A good way to recruit vols or just members of the community into CERT training is to tell them about how the skills they learn are "life long." This means that despite choosing not to be a member of a team, they will have the skills for life in the event that it is needed.
After a team is established, figuring out a structure that works good for your team and jurisdiction is very important! Some do that based on service/skill while others may use only ICS branch. A mix of both is not out of the question.
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😀👋Welcome to day 20 #30days30waysUK @30Days30WaysUK Today we are looking at “Shelter-in-Place” and how social networks are important for preparedness and resilience. It pays to be prepared - and kind...
#FridayMotivation #FridayThoughts
We are delighted to be joined by many partners and @NorthantsEPTeam who have made this video for us to explain 🔉

You can find out more about your local arrangements via your council and their website.

For a list of UK Resilience Forums visit…

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Welcome to day 13 #30days30waysUK where our topic is #SafeNight. Every night should be a safe night...
... unfortunately however, emergencies can also happen at night but there is a lot you can do to be prepared and stay safe. Today, we’re again joined by many partners and @northantsfire.
Start by taking a look at their #30days30waysUK video 🔊

Another excellent #FireSafety video is by @Norfolkfire which highlights the risks in your home room by room and gives advice on how to make it safer. Take a look 🔊…

#30days30waysUK #SafeNight #SafeEscape
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👋😀Welcome to day 6 #30days30waysUK. Turn it up!! 😍🔊🎶 We're kicking off massive #FridayMotivation #FridayFeelings with amazing #handwashing Gangnam Style #FridayVibes for today's theme #ViralVirus which is paired with our US friends @30days30ways

😁👏⬆️Brilliant Northamptonshire NHS @NHSCorby @NHSMKCCG @NHSNene! That sets us off nicely for our international challenge in demonstrating good #handwashing #hygiene to stop the spread of germs
Check this NHS page/video…

#prepYourHealth #30days30waysUK Image
Many illnesses are spread through contact with hands. Frequent hand washing or sanitising stops the spread of germs. Our challenge in competition with US colleagues @30days30ways is to see who goes more viral with #30days30waysUK #viralvirus #handwashing messages.
⬇️⏬Your turn
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We're delighted to kick off the 🎀5th #30days30waysUK annual #preparedness games, joined by many partners across the #UnitedKingdom + abroad👋😎

To start, we’re asking #WhatEmergency? WATCH⏬

#SMEM #EMGtwitter #DRR
Being aware of past emergencies helps to know and #UnderstandRisk and that is key for personal and community #preparedness
🤔What emergencies have happened near you?
➡️post links/pics/video using #30days30waysUK
➡️follow #30days30waysUK like-share-reply
Day 1 #30days30waysUK: follow the hashtag throughout 'September is #Preparedness Month'! Image
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