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LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast

By LSU NCBRT
The LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training located at Louisiana State University’s flagship campus. We have provided high-quality, federally-certified training to America’s emergency responders about prevention, response and recovery from biological incidents since 1998. Each week on the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we’ll bring in some of the nation’s top experts to cover different aspects of COVID-19 relating public health and public safety.
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45 - Women in Law Enforcement: An Introduction

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47 - Women in Law Enforcement: Mentorship and Leadership
Today is episode three of our five-episode series on women in law enforcement. Guests include Brenda Dietzman, former colonel and under-sheriff for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, KS; Shannon Paulson, assistant commanding officer of the LAPD’s Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations bureau; Maggie Varela, former Miami-Dade PD lieutenant; and Kristen Ziman, former chief of the Aurora, IL PD. Today’s episode focuses on mentorship and leadership for women in law enforcement. They discuss their experiences with leadership roles within their departments, countering “imposter syndrome”, and how to be a successful mentor to others.
39:41
October 19, 2021
46 - Women in Law Enforcement: Representation and Diversity
Today is episode two of our five-episode series on women in law enforcement. Guests include Brenda Dietzman, former colonel and under-sheriff for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, KS; Shannon Paulson, assistant commanding officer of the LAPD’s Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations bureau; Maggie Varela, former Miami-Dade PD lieutenant; and Kristen Ziman, former chief of the Aurora, IL PD. In today’s episode, they discuss representation of women in law enforcement, the importance of seeing women in leadership positions and the specific skills women bring to law enforcement.
28:34
October 5, 2021
45 - Women in Law Enforcement: An Introduction
On today’s episode, we begin a five-episode series on women in law enforcement. Guests include Brenda Dietzman, former colonel and under-sheriff for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, KS; Shannon Paulson, assistant commanding officer of the LAPD’s Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations bureau; Maggie Varela, former Miami-Dade PD lieutenant; and Kristen Ziman, former chief of the Aurora, IL PD. In this first episode, they discuss the decisions that led each of them to begin a career in law enforcement and the changes they have noticed in the profession between when they started their careers and now.
25:40
September 21, 2021
44 - Hurricane Sheltering: Safety
Today, we finish our discussion on hurricane preparedness and sheltering during a pandemic with guests Tim Hatch, Assistant Director of the East Central District of the Alabama Department of Health, and Dwight Graves, LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matter expert and former emergency manager. In this episode, Tim and Dwight discuss the changes they are making in shelters to comply with social distancing guidelines, the concerns about staffing these facilities, the role that vaccinations and testing will have in determining sheltering populations, and how they are ensuring their emergency operations plans stay flexible with the changing recommendations surrounding COVID-19.
29:04
September 7, 2021
43 - Hurricane Sheltering: Operations
On this week’s episode, we begin our discussion on hurricane preparedness and sheltering during a pandemic. Guests include Tim Hatch, Assistant Director of the East Central District of the Alabama Department of Health, and Dwight Graves, LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matter expert and former emergency manager. In this episode, they discuss concerns around sheltering during a pandemic and the specific ways in which the pandemic is affecting hurricane preparedness for responders. The final episode in this series will air on Tuesday, September 7.
18:48
August 24, 2021
42 - Extremism in the United States: Social Media and Strategies to Confront Extremism
On today’s episode, we finish our conversation on extremism in the United States with LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matters Ray McPartland, Maggie Varela and Bill Wickers. In this episode, they talk about the impact that social media has had on both fueling and fighting extremism, and they discuss strategies law enforcement can use to combat extremism.
29:06
August 10, 2021
41 - Extremism in the United States: Ideology
On today’s episode, we continue our conversation on extremism in the United States with LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matters Ray McPartland, Maggie Varela and Bill Wickers. In this episode, they discuss the difference between ideology and extremism and they talk about the difficulties that law enforcement and intelligence officers face when an extremist “group” is more of a broad concept or loose affiliation. The final episode in this series will air Tuesday, August 10th.
24:60
July 27, 2021
40 - Extremism in the United States: An Introduction
Today’s episode begins a three-part series on extremism in the United States. Guests for this series include LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matters Ray McPartland, Maggie Varela and Bill Wickers. In this episode, they explain the conditions that may drive individuals to extremist thoughts and behavior, the differences between constitutionally protected behavior and extremism, and the impact of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevalence of social media on domestic extremism.
18:03
July 13, 2021
39 - Mental Health Response: Challenges and Solutions
Today’s episode is the final in a three-part series on mental health response and intervention among the emergency responder community with guests Roy Bethge, chief of police for the Cherry Valley, Illinois police department and LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matter expert, and Dr. April Foreman, a psychologist and executive board member of the American Association of Suicidology. Today, Roy and Dr. Foreman discuss different ideas for handling mental health crisis calls, successful programs currently in place, the future of the intersection between law enforcement and mental health intervention.
27:20
June 29, 2021
38 - Mental Health Response: Community and Training
This episode is the second in a three-part series on mental health response and intervention among the emergency responder community. Guests include Roy Bethge, chief of police for the Cherry Valley, Illinois police department and LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matter expert, and Dr. April Foreman, a psychologist and executive board member of the American Association of Suicidology. Today, Roy and Dr. Foreman talk about what happens to a community when a mental health response incident has a poor outcome, the current types of mental health intervention training taught to law enforcement, and what is needed to improve that type of training. The final episode in this series will air Tuesday, June 29.
29:27
June 15, 2021
37 - Mental Health Response: The Role of Law Enforcement
This episode is the first in a three-part series on mental health response and intervention among the emergency responder community. Guests for this series include Roy Bethge, chief of police for the Cherry Valley, Illinois police department and LSU NCBRT/ACE subject matter expert, and Dr. April Foreman, a psychologist and executive board member of the American Association of Suicidology. In this episode, Roy and Dr. Foreman discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in communities and the role of law enforcement in responding to a mental health crisis. The next episode in this series will air Tuesday, June 15.
29:38
June 1, 2021
36 - Tribal Emergency Management: Facing Challenges
This episode is the final in our four-part series on tribal emergency response with LSU NCBRT/ACE tribal liaisons Robert Holden and Steve Golubic. Robert is former deputy director for the National Congress of American Indians, and Steve is former director of tribal affairs for the US Department of Homeland Security. In this episode, we discuss the intersection of the relationship between tribal responders and their state and local counterparts, the lack of access in tribes to virtual funding and training sources, the infrastructure tribes have developed to sustain operations, and remaining challenges for tribal responders.
46:34
May 18, 2021
35 - Tribal Emergency Management: Tribes and the Federal Government (Part 2)
Today’s episode continues the conversation about tribal emergency response with guests and LSU NCBRT/ACE tribal liaisons Robert Holden and Steve Golubic. Robert is former deputy director for the National Congress of American Indians, and Steve is former director of tribal affairs for the US Department of Homeland Security. In this episode, Robert and Steve discuss the development of a formalized emergency preparedness relationship between tribes and the federal government, the funding mechanisms for tribal emergency response, remaining inequity in resources for tribes, and how to evaluate the specific training and resource needs for many different tribal nations. The final episode in this series will air Tuesday, May 18th.
29:53
May 4, 2021
34 - Tribal Emergency Management: Tribes and the Federal Government (Part 1)
On today’s episode, host Ashley and guest co-host, NCBRT Assistant Director for Training and Outreach Deyvon Cooper, continue their conversation about tribal emergency response with guests and LSU NCBRT/ACE tribal liaisons Robert Holden and Steve Golubic. Robert is former deputy director for the National Congress of American Indians, and Steve is former director of tribal affairs for the US Department of Homeland Security. In this episode, they discuss what emergency response looks like in tribal nations today, including the unique needs of tribes compared to other jurisdictions. The next episode in this series will air Tuesday, May 4th.
29:03
April 20, 2021
33 - Tribal Emergency Management: An Introduction
Today’s episode begins a four-part series on the history of emergency response in US tribal nations. Host Ashley and guest co-host, NCBRT Assistant Director for Training and Outreach Deyvon Cooper, are joined by guests Robert Holden and Steve Golubic. Robert is former deputy director for the National Congress of American Indians, and Steve is former director of tribal affairs for the US Department of Homeland Security. Both currently serve as tribal liaisons for LSU NCBRT/ACE. In this episode, Robert and Steve explain the history and evolution of tribal nations’ relationship with the federal government, as well as the beginnings of emergency response in tribes.
44:29
April 6, 2021
32 - Environmental Health: Challenges of the Profession and COVID Response
Today’s podcast is the second and final episode in a two-part series on environmental health. Guests include Dr. David Dyjack, Executive Director at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA); Jesse Bliss - Director of Programs and Partnerships at NEHA; and Tim Hatch, Assistant Administrator at the Alabama Department of Public Health (East Central District). In this episode, they discuss the challenges that accompany the environmental health field, such the public’s understanding of what environmental health contains, the importance of proper education and certification for environmental health personnel, and the many different roles environmental health plays in a community. They also talk about the impact that the pandemic has had on different aspects of environmental health.
50:57
March 9, 2021
31 - Environmental Health: Introduction to the Role of Environmental Health in Local Communities
Today’s episode is the first in a two-part series on environmental health. Guests include Dr. David Dyjack, Executive Director at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA); Jesse Bliss - Director of Programs and Partnerships at NEHA; and Tim Hatch, Assistant Administrator at the Alabama Department of Public Health (East Central District). Today, they discuss what exactly the environmental health field contains, the many types of responsibilities of environmental health professionals, and the role environmental health professionals play during a disaster. The second and final episode in this series will air Tuesday, March 9.
40:39
February 23, 2021
30 - Food and Agriculture: Worker Facility Issues and Food Insecurity Amid a Crisis
On today’s podcast, we finish up our series on food safety and security during the COVID-19 pandemic with guests Joe Reardon, Assistant Commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and NCBRT subject matter expert; Lorenzo Alba, Jr., Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program; and Jeff Witte, Secretary of Agriculture for the State of New Mexico and NCBRT subject matter expert. They dive deeper into the food insecurity crisis, the economic impact of the pandemic on farmers and consumers, and what future agriculture/food crisis response plans may look like after COVID-19.
41:20
February 9, 2021
29 - Food and Agriculture: Disruptions and Planning for a Crisis
Today, we continue our series on food safety and security during the COVID-19 pandemic with guests Joe Reardon, Assistant Commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and NCBRT Subject Matter Expert; Lorenzo Alba, Jr., Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program; and Jeff Witte, Secretary of Agriculture for State of New Mexico and NCBRT Subject Matter Expert. In this episode, they discuss the impact of the pandemic on food distribution to those in need, the effects that food processing slowdowns have on the supply chain, and the safety measures their own agencies have implemented to keep employees safe. The final episode in this series will be published on February 9.
44:23
January 26, 2021
28 - Food and Agriculture: An Introduction to Crisis Preparedness and Response
On today’s podcast, we begin a new series on food safety and security during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, Ashley talks to Joe Reardon, Assistant Commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and NCBRT Subject Matter Expert; Lorenzo Alba, Jr., Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program; and Jeff Witte, Secretary of Agriculture for State of New Mexico and NCBRT Subject Matter Expert. They discuss the challenges they faced at the onset of the pandemic and the logistical changes their agencies or organizations had to make. The next episode in this series will air on Tuesday, January 26th.
26:11
January 12, 2021
27 - Behind the Scenes of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast
Happy Holidays from the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast crew! Today’s episode features a Year in Review conversation with our entire podcast team. Together, we discuss what goes on behind the scenes during the planning and production process, the lessons learned from building a podcast from scratch, and some of our favorite moments from the last few months. From the entire team at NCBRT, thank you to all of our listeners and subscribers in 2020, and we are looking forward to the exciting conversations planned for 2021!
01:03:04
December 29, 2020
26 - Pandemic Response: Catching Up with Responders on Workforce Challenges (Part 2)
This week, we finish our follow-up conversation with Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Rob Allen about the changes that the pandemic has brought to their agencies. They discuss responder resilience within their departments, the pandemic's effect on crime rates in their areas, how the social justice events of the summer have allowed them to connect with their own communities, and the overall lessons that COVID-19 has taught them.
24:10
December 22, 2020
25 - Pandemic Response: Catching Up with Responders on Workforce Challenges (Part 1)
In this episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we catch up with the guests of our second podcast series to discuss how the ongoing pandemic has affected the workforce operations of law enforcement. This week, Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Rob Allen discuss how their operations have changed since April 2020. They discuss how their workplaces have adapted to working from home or increasing virtual working. They also talk about challenges like “COVID fatigue” among both the public and law enforcement, the constant changing of information about the virus/public health guidelines, and how they’ve handled COVID cases within their own departments.
24:47
December 8, 2020
REBROADCAST - Pandemic Response: Law Enforcement Workforce Challenges
This week, we are rebroadcasting our second ever episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast. Beginning on December 8th, we'll be airing a follow-up series with these guests where we will check in with them to see how the response has been since we last spoke. In the second episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we talk to Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Rob Allen about how coronavirus is affecting emergency responders’ internal operations. What are the plans in place if an officer tests positive for coronavirus? How are emergency response agencies taking necessary precautions to ensure safety on the job? How are service calls changing in the face of a pandemic and social distancing?
50:42
November 24, 2020
24 - Pandemic Response: Catching Up with Washington State Responders Part 2
In this episode, we finish our follow-up conversation with Tom Davis, Police Chief, Lynnwood Police Department; and Scott Parker, Captain, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office about the COVID-19 response in Washington state. They discuss how they view their responsibility in communicating accurate COVID-related information from a central source and avoiding the politicization of the pandemic. They also talk about the development and distribution of a potential vaccine, the possibility of a third spike, and how the pandemic's permanent impact on the public health and emergency management fields.
18:48
November 10, 2020
23 - Pandemic Response: Catching Up with Washington State Responders Part 1
In this episode, we catch up with Tom Davis, Police Chief, Lynnwood Police Department; and Scott Parker, Captain, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office about how the COVID-19 response in Washington has evolved since our first conversation in March. This week, we discuss law enforcement’s role in providing accurate COVID information, their plans for tracking infections within departments, the importance of collaboration among departments to remain proactive during the pandemic, and how they are looking ahead to both the upcoming flu season and a potential COVID vaccine.
21:41
October 27, 2020
REBROADCAST - Pandemic Response: Law Enforcement Leadership Challenges and Solutions in Washington State
This week, we are rebroadcasting our very first episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast. Beginning on October 27th, we'll be airing a follow-up series with these guests where we will check in with them to see how the response has been since we last spoke.  In this episode, we talk to Tom Davis, Police Chief, Lynnwood Police Department; Cherie Harris, Police Chief, Kirkland Police Department; and Scott Parker, Captain, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office about the COVID-19 response in America’s first epicenter: Washington state. They share their insights on dealing with the crisis in Washington and offer advice on how other states can be proactive in their responses as the pandemic spreads. The conversation topics breakdown is listed below: Local Responses: 03:02 Administrative Concerns and Employee Wellness: 19:10 Resource Management and Mutual Aid: 30:08 Workforce Capacity Planning and Planning Thresholds: 40:30 Arrests and Court Closure Considerations: 47:17 Recommendation and Actions: 51:32 For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
01:01:17
October 13, 2020
22 - Suicide Prevention in the First Responder Community: Culture, Support, and Resources
This week’s episode of the podcast finishes up our three-part series focused on suicide prevention in the emergency responder community. We discuss reducing the stigma around mental health and the resources that are available to a responder. Today we welcome back our co-host Dr. Carolyn Coarsey of the Family Assistance Foundation and guests Dr. April Foreman, board member of the American Association of Suicidology, and behavioral health specialist Sarah Bernes from the International Association of Fire Fighters. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. Both of these confidential resources are available 24/7. Here are some other resources recommended by our guests: 1. Suicide Prevention Resource Center 2. American Association for Suicidology 3. International Association of Fire Fighters 
54:28
September 29, 2020
21 - Suicide Prevention in the First Responder Community: Clinical Treatment
On this week’s episode, we continue our three-part series focused on responders and suicide prevention with co-host Dr. Carolyn Coarsey of the Family Assistance Foundation and guests Dr. April Foreman and behavioral health specialist Sarah Bernes. This week, we discuss what mental health professionals need to know when treating a first responder, the most effective treatments for responders experiencing a mental health crisis. Specific topics include the safety planning intervention method and how it can help responders cope with a mental health crisis, and how the caring contacts method can reduce the chance of suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. Both of these confidential resources are available 24/7. Here are some other resources recommended by our guests: 1. Suicide Prevention Resource Center 2. American Association for Suicidology 3. International Association of Fire Fighters 
49:07
September 15, 2020
20 - Suicide Prevention in the First Responder Community: An Introduction
On this week’s episode, we begin a new, three-part series focused on responders and suicide prevention. This week, we discuss topics such as the overlap among veterans and first responders, the heightened risk of trauma exposure in responder professions, and the challenges behind collecting accurate data on responder suicide rates. Carolyn Coarsey, Ph.D, mental health coordinator and president and co-founder of the Family Assistance Foundation, joins host Ashley Markle for this series. Other guests include April Foreman, Ph.D, board member of the American Association of Suicidology; and Sarah Bernes, behavioral health specialist for the International Association of Fire Fighters.  If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. Both of these confidential resources are available 24/7. Here are some other resources recommended by our guests:  1. Suicide Prevention Resource Center 2. American Association for Suicidology 3. International Association of Fire Fighters 
24:42
September 1, 2020
19 - Sheriffs on Resilience: Resources
This episode features the third and final part of Ashley and Roy’s conversation about responder wellness with Denita Ball, Chief Deputy of the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Department, and Gus Handke, Undersheriff for Carter County, Oklahoma. They discuss how to balance the desire for higher levels of education for officers with the importance of recruiting officers from diverse backgrounds and experiences. They also talk about how scenario-based training both in police academies and in the field can be improved to help officers improve their critical thinking skills and abilities to deescalate adverse situations in the field.
24:34
August 11, 2020
18 - Sheriffs on Resilience: Mental Health
In this episode, Ashley and Roy continue their conversation about responder wellness with Denita Ball, Chief Deputy of the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Department, and Gus Handke, Undersheriff for Carter County, Oklahoma. They discuss the importance of de-stigmatizing seeking help for mental health issues and how to change the culture in law enforcement that may discourage an officer for openly discussing mental health challenges.
18:49
August 4, 2020
17 - Sheriffs on Resilience: Public Safety 2021
In this episode of the podcast, NCBRT subject matter expert Roy Bethge joins host Ashley Markle again to continue our conversations on the idea of responder resilience. They talk with Denita Ball, Chief Deputy of the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Department, and Gus Handke, Undersheriff for Carter County, Oklahoma, to get their perspectives on how both urban and rural departments view topics like resilience and the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss the unique positions that sheriffs, as elected officials, are in to address issues like public opinion and transparency in policing.
50:17
July 28, 2020
16 - Police Chiefs on Resilience: Resources
In this week’s episode, host Ashley Markle and NCBRT subject matter expert Roy Bethge finish up their conversation with Chiefs Kristen Ziman and Steve Casstevens from the International Association of Chiefs of Police about the resources police departments need to create the kind of environment that allows responders to become resilient. In the wake of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the tension of the Black Lives Matter movement, they also discuss the importance of creating strong and transparent relationships with the community and how to create support networks both inside and outside of individual agencies.
28:37
July 21, 2020
15 - Police Chiefs on Resilience: Mental Health
In this week’s episode, host Ashley Markle and NCBRT subject matter expert Roy Bethge continue their conversation with Chiefs Kristen Ziman and Steve Casstevens from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. They talk about the stigma around getting help for mental health issues in the law enforcement community, the risks that not seeking help has on job performance, and the importance of engaging in open and honest discussions about mental health. They also discuss and how departments can make resources like wellness checks and peer support systems more widely available, and how department leaders and encourage their officers to utilize those resources.
21:55
July 14, 2020
14 - Police Chiefs on Resilience: Public Safety in Crisis
In this episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we come back to the topic of resilience: what does officer resilience mean in the midst of both a pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement? How can responders care for their own mental health while confronting uncomfortable truths? What changes will be made to police departments following the protests to both increase public safety and transparency within departments? Our guests are Kristen Ziman, Aurora, Illinois police chief and Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Steve Casstevens, Buffalo Grove, Illinois police chief and president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Kristen and Steve discuss these important topics with host Ashley Markle and NCBRT subject matter expert Roy Bethge. Next week, we will discuss the mental health impacts that these traumas have on the law enforcement community, the stigma of seeking help for mental health issues, and the importance of changing the culture within law enforcement to improve resiliency.
50:49
July 7, 2020
13 - Pandemic Response: Food Supply Chain
In the third and final episode on our food safety series, the International Food Protection Training Institute’s Jerry Wojtala and the Association for Food and Drug Officials’ Steve Mandernach look back at the lessons the food industry has learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the impacts that the pandemic has had on the food industry economy, the impact of a potential “second wave” later on, and the ways in which all sectors of the food industry can improve safety measures, streamlined distribution, and the recovery process moving forward.
35:03
June 30, 2020
12 - Pandemic Response: Safety and Staffing Issues in the Food Industry
Last week, Steve Mandernach, executive director of the Association for Food and Drug Officials, and Jerry Wojtala, executive director of the International Food Protection Training Institute, gave us an overview of the food industry. This week, Steve and Jerry discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the ways that workers ensure that both they and the food they are working with stay safe. Next week, we will finish up our food safety series by discussing the supply and demand problems that the pandemic has caused, and what lessons those in the food industry can learn from COVID-19.
33:34
June 23, 2020
11 - Pandemic Response: The Food Industry
In this episode, we talk with Steve Mandernach, executive director of the Association for Food and Drug Officials, and Jerry Wojtala, executive director of the International Food Protection Training Institute. They break down the different aspects of food industry and how supply and demand differ from restaurants to grocery stores and everything in between.  In the following episodes of this three-part series, we’ll discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the food industry, from topics like how workers are protecting themselves, how declines in demand in the restaurant industry affect the supply chain, and the lessons those in the food industry can use moving forward.
16:31
June 16, 2020
10 - Pandemic Response: Testing and Contact Tracing
Episode 10 of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast is all about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. We talk with Dr. Amy Woron, NCBRT subject matter expert and molecular manager at Diagnostic Laboratory Services, and Dr. JD Hoyle, a public health consultant in Washington, D.C., about the different kinds of COVID-19 tests, lab processes for handling and analyzing different tests, and the necessity of testing and contact tracing to ensure the highest levels of public safety.
27:19
June 9, 2020
9 - Pandemic Response: What is Responder Resilience? (Part 2)
The latest episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast is Part Two of a conversation on responder resiliency during a crisis. What is responder resilience? How can emergency responders care for their mental health and well-being given the added pressures and uncertainties of COVID-19? Our guests include Dr. Carolyn Coarsey, president and co-founder of the Family Assistance Foundation, and NCBRT subject matter expert Roy Bethge. Roy is also a retired deputy police chief and current serves as the chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Education and Training Committee. Below is a list of the resources that Roy and Carolyn recommended for listeners who want to learn more about resilience:  BOOKS:  Resilience: Hard-Won for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens (https://www.amazon.com/Resilience-Hard-Won-Wisdom-Living-Better/dp/0544705262) Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown (https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Greatly-Courage-Vulnerable-Transforms-ebook/dp/B007P7HRS4/ref=sr_1_1) Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth-ebook/dp/B010MH9V3W/ref=sr_1_1) Anyway by Kent M. Keith (https://www.amazon.com/Anyway-Paradoxical-Commandments-Finding-Personal-ebook/dp/B0024CEY1S/ref=sr_1_1) Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson (https://www.amazon.com/Resilient-Grow-Unshakable-Strength-Happiness-ebook/dp/B074LX2796/ref=sr_1_1) The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer (https://www.amazon.com/Resilient-Grow-Unshakable-Strength-Happiness-ebook/dp/B074LX2796/ref=sr_1_1) VIDEOS:  Brene Brown's TED Talk on shame (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0) Brene Brown's TED Talk on vulnerability (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o) Angela Duckworth's TED Talk on grit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H14bBuluwB8)
46:10
June 2, 2020
8 - Pandemic Response: What is Responder Resilience? (Part 1)
The latest episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast is Part One of a conversation on responder resiliency during a crisis. What is responder resilience? How can emergency responders care for their mental health and well-being given the added pressures and uncertainties of COVID-19? Our guests include Dr. Carolyn Coarsey, president and co-founder of the Family Assistance Foundation, and NCBRT subject matter expert Roy Bethge. Roy is also a retired deputy police chief and current serves as the chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Education and Training Committee. For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
24:44
May 26, 2020
7 - Pandemic Response: Institutes of Higher Education (Part 2)
The latest episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast is Part Two of our discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically affected colleges and universities. We continue our conversation with Bart Thompson, chief of police for the LSU Police Department, and Laura Drabczyk, Director of Emergency Management for the University of Michigan-Dearborn, about the measures their campuses have taken to ensure student and employee safety, the importance of having an Emergency Operations Center for a university, and the lessons that COVID-19 teaches us about future campus safety. For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
33:49
May 19, 2020
6 - Pandemic Response: Institutes of Higher Education (Part 1)
The latest episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast is Part One of how the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically affected colleges and universities. We talk with Bart Thompson, chief of police for the LSU Police Department, and Laura Drabczyk, Director of Emergency Management for the University of Michigan-Dearborn, about the measures their campuses have taken to ensure student and employee safety, the importance of having an Emergency Operations Center for a university, and the lessons that COVID-19 teaches us about future campus safety. Part Two will be available next week wherever you find podcasts. For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
28:49
May 12, 2020
5 - Pandemic Response: Homeless Populations During COVID-19 (Part 2)
This episode is the second part of our conversation about responding to the homeless population during a global pandemic. First, we talked with Paul Trudeau, who is the Co-Director of City Hope San Francisco. City Hope provides food and resources to the homeless population of the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Then, we continued our conversation with LSU NCBRT instructors and subject matter experts Andrew Rateaver and Ed Anderson about the unique threats that COVID-19 poses for homeless communities. Topics include the importance of forming relationships between responders and homeless communities, officer safety and protection while on the job, and more. Part One of this discussion can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. We also talk with Paul Trudeau, who is the Co-Director of City Hope San Francisco. City Hope provides food and resources to the homeless population of the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.  For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
28:16
May 5, 2020
4 - Pandemic Response: Homeless Populations During COVID-19 (Part 1)
In this episode, LSU NCBRT instructors and subject matter experts Andrew Rateaver and Ed Anderson discuss ways in which COVID-19 poses a unique threat for homeless populations. Topics include the importance of forming relationships between responders and homeless communities, officer safety and protection while on the job, and more. For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
41:22
May 1, 2020
3 - Pandemic Response: Maximizing Volunteer Resources
On this week's episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we discuss how emergency responders can effectively and efficiently use volunteers to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests include NCBRT instructor and retired police lieutenant Andrew Rateaver; NCBRT instructor, retired NYFD chief and former FEMA federal coordinating officer Phil Parr; and former Berkeley PD captain and current CARDA member Alyson Hart. The conversation topic breakdown is listed below: 2:26 – Types of volunteers and their work 13:04 – Resource coordination best practices 13:45 – Protecting volunteers during a disease outbreak 35:45 – Training volunteers 39:00 – Healthcare volunteer credentialing 43:09 – Unconventional and long-term use of volunteers For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
55:26
April 21, 2020
2 - Pandemic Response: Law Enforcement Workforce Challenges
In the second episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, we talk to Seguin, TX police chief Terry Nichols and Hennepin County, MN Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Rob Allen about how coronavirus is affecting emergency responders’ internal operations. What are the plans in place if an officer tests positive for coronavirus? How are emergency response agencies taking necessary precautions to ensure safety on the job? How are service calls changing in the face of a pandemic and social distancing? The episode’s topic breakdown is listed below: Preventing spread of COVID-19 among the workforce: 04:02 Impacts of social distancing on training and roll call: 12:33 Plans for employees with COVID-19: 15:08 Coordination with public and private partners: 18:26 Engaging employees working remotely: 24:03 Changes to officer engagement with the community: 26:32 Advice and recommendations: 43:28 For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
50:34
April 14, 2020
1 - Pandemic Response: Law Enforcement Leadership Challenges and Solutions in Washington State
Welcome to the first episode of the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast! In this episode, we talk to Tom Davis, Police Chief, Lynnwood Police Department; Cherie Harris, Police Chief, Kirkland Police Department; and Scott Parker, Captain, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office about the COVID-19 response in America’s first epicenter: Washington state. They share their insights on dealing with the crisis in Washington and offer advice on how other states can be proactive in their responses as the pandemic spreads. The conversation topics breakdown is listed below: Local Responses: 03:02 Administrative Concerns and Employee Wellness: 19:10 Resource Management and Mutual Aid: 30:08 Workforce Capacity Planning and Planning Thresholds: 40:30 Arrests and Court Closure Considerations: 47:17 Recommendation and Actions: 51:32 For more information on LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and our available resources on COVID-19, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.
01:01:35
April 7, 2020
Preparedness Podcast Trailer
Wherever we turn, talk of the coronavirus dominates national and international discussion. While it keeps the media buzzing, this pandemic presents unique challenges for first responders, health care workers, and community leaders. How can communities respond to the current crisis and prepare for the next one? Introducing the LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast, from Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training. LSU NCBRT has provided high-quality, federally-certified training to America’s emergency responder community since 1998. We’ve helped first responders around the country and around the world prepare for and respond to events like H1N1 and the Ebola crisis. Now, we’re sharing our expertise on COVID-19. Each week, we’ll bring in some of the nation’s top experts to share their expertise on the effects that COVID-19 has on public health and public safety. We’ll cover topics like how universities can respond to a pandemic, the roles of public health agencies during this crisis, how to maximize the use of volunteer responders, and many others. The LSU NCBRT Preparedness Podcast. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. New episodes come out every week.
01:19
March 27, 2020