Disaster Zone Podcast: New York City's Emergency Management Program

An interview with the New York City emergency management commissioner.

New York City is a very dense metropolitan area with a population of 8.4 million people living and working there. This podcast is a conversation with Deanne Criswell, the New York City emergency management commissioner. You will learn all about their program, the top risks they face and how they are using technology to move forward in the 21st century. Her passion for what she does shines through! Check out "New York City's Emergency Management Program."

Everything about New York City is BIG! You will hear that the emergency management program there has a staff of about 250 people — that's big! But, just do the math. Let's say you are a single emergency manager in a city/county with 25,000 people — and there is only you, one person. Doing the math, that means that New York, using the same ratio of residents to emergency managers, would have a staff of 336 people. Big issues require a big staff. 

Deanne Criswell has agreed to do additional Disaster Zone Podcasts where we'll do a deeper dive into single-issue topics in the future. Like, how about New Year's Eve preparations?

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.