GSPIA’s Leadership During Crisis Podcast publishes episodes on Haiti earthquake, Charleston Church shooting

This summer, GSPIA’s Leadership During Crisis Podcast published two additional episodes exploring the behaviors of leaders who are effective in crisis. 

Episode 3 focuses on challenges faced by the international search and rescue community in responding to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Through an interview with Dewey Perks, coordinator of the U.S. Agency for International Development's urban search and rescue program, the podcast team explores the evolution of the international search and rescue community, its operations in an environment as challenging as Haiti post-earthquake, and leadership lessons from that disaster and others. 

The third episode was produced by GSPIA students Ivoree Svoboda, Terry-Ann Wellington, Chelsea Buckwalter, and Alyson Harding, also a student at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health. 

The podcast’s fourth episode explores federal law enforcement’s response to the Charleston Church shooting and features interviews with two senior officials from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) who responded to the 2015 shooting. Gerod King, Public Information Officer, and Wayne Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF's Charlotte Field Division, discuss the challenges of preparing for and responding to low-probability and high consequence events such as active shooters. They also share insights on relationship building across jurisdictions in advance of a crisis and effective communications and planning during one. 

The fourth episode was produced by GSPIA students Alyssa Jones, John Bonello, Robert Michael Bryant, and Allegra Tartaglia.

The podcast is sponsored by the Center for Disaster Management and the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum. 


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