Podcast: Resilience Roundtable

Lt. Emily Ussery and Jack Heide, AICP

In the third episode of the APA Podcast series Resilience Roundtable, host Rich Roths, AICP, talks with community planner Jack Heide, AICP CFM, and Lt. Emily Ussery, PhD, about the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria — two back-to-back Category 5 storms — on the US Virgin Islands in 2017. The two discuss their unique reasons for working in the region, how combining their expertise led to a more comprehensive recovery effort, and the lessons they took away from their first disaster response and recovery experience.

Emily is an epidemiologist with the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also a lieutenant with the US Public Health Service. Jack works as a planner for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Region II, which covers New Jersey, New York, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Listen to other episodes of the Resilience Roundtable series at planning.org/podcast/resilience-roundtable, and find disaster recovery resources at planning.org/resilience.

Bottom right photo by flickr user John Wiess (jweiss3).

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