You can call it a benefit of COVID-19.
Virtual exercises became one of the solutions adopted in 2020 to keep emergency management and other agency programs moving forward — when we were constrained from actually being one big room to hold an exercise. People and organizations have adapted to this new reality and this Disaster Zone podcast, "Conducting Virtual Disaster Exercises," highlights the different solutions that have been developed.
Besides talking about virtual exercises, I snuck in a question or two about job opportunities for newly minted college graduates with emergency management degrees. That comes at the end of the podcast. I think you will find what Kyle McPhee has to say about the new virtual solution to a new problem of interest. I also think that virtual exercises, or at a minimum hybrid exercises, will remain with us after the pandemic restrictions have ended.
Here's the description of the podcast:
"One of the outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic is the need to maintain social distancing. An innovation borne out of this is organizations have begun using technology to conduct virtual exercises. My guest for this podcast is Kyle McPhee, Director of Preparedness for Hagerty Consulting. Topics discussed include what technology solutions work and what the benefits and challenges are for doing virtual exercises. I also ask Kyle about career opportunities for new college graduates with emergency management degrees getting into the consulting industry."