Disaster Zone

Disaster Zone

Disaster Zone is hosted by Eric Holdeman, an emergency manager with over 30 years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government. Disaster Zone is a podcast that focuses on all facets of disast…


When Your Home Burns Down
Sep 19 • 23 min
Beyond our personal lives, a house, our home is precious to us. When we see the wild land fires burning hundreds and even thousands of houses, these are individual families being impacted. This podcast is an interview with Sean Scott, a disaster…
Reducing Disaster Deaths
Sep 18 • 24 min
Much like the National Motor Vehicle Safety Act, we need to have a national strategy to reduce disaster deaths. Dr. Mark Keim is interviewed about the steps being taken and legislation being developed to nationally track disaster deaths and in so doing…
Disaster Information Management Systems
Sep 11 • 28 min
In this digital age, we need a computerized information management system to better obtain situational awareness about a disaster. A system that collects and displays information helps with the allocation of resources. Through an interview with Hans…
The Intersection of COVID-19 and the Annual Flu
Sep 7 • 24 min
Health officials have been concerned about the intersection of the corona virus and the annual flu season here in 2020. This podcast is a conversation with Dr. Jeff Duchin, the Health Officer for Seattle-King County Public Heath about his concerns and…
How Secure is Vote by Mail?
Aug 26 • 25 min
There has been a concerted effort to disparage and cast doubt on the validity and security of vote by mail systems. In this podcast, Julie Wise, Director of Elections for King County, Washington State explains the physical and cybersecurity measures…
Wear a Mask, Avoid a Disaster
Aug 4 • 6 min
It seems crazy, but still there are people advocating that wearing a mask is not necessary despite the pleas of public health officials and scientists. They have seen the positive community results that come when everyone wears a mask. Wearing a mask is…
Establishing Digital Trust
Jul 31 • 6 min
In today’s world it is possible to have an electronic relationship that can lead to establishing digital trust between individuals. While making connections in person is best, you can do the same with all the different social media outlets available today.
COVID Comes to the USA
Jul 29 • 19 min
The Coronavirus first became widely known to be here in the United States when the City of Kirkland, Washington State reported the first death from the virus. This edition of Disaster Zone is an interview with Heather Kelly, the Kirkland Emergency…
Initiating the Disaster Zone Podcast
Jun 29 • 3 min
You may be asking, “Why one more podcast?” I have asked myself the same question. During this short episode you’ll hear my rationale for starting a podcast and a preview of my first interview that will be coming shortly about the start of the…