The Crisis Response Podcast puts a spotlight on the regular folks who are tackling major problems — and transforming how communities watch out for each other. Each episode features a new interview with pioneering individuals and organizations who are changing the face of crisis response systems around the globe.
ComMed is a volunteer emergency medical service in Johannesburg, South Africa, that delivers immediate life-saving care to any who needs it at no cost.
Jeff Schlegelmilch is the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and the author of Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to 21st Century Megadisasters.
The Roseland Ceasefire Project’s mission is to develop and deploy proven violence mitigation techniques and actions to stop and/or reduce violence of all kinds in their community, with an emphasis on gang-related and interpersonal violence.
Building an emergency response system from scratch is a tall order, particularly in low- and middle-income countries with limted experience managing emergency medical services. In Bangladesh, however, TraumaLink is proving how volunteer-based roadside emergency response systems can both save lives and be sustainable in communities where no such service previously existed.
When major disasters strike and outside support is needed, how do disaster response organizations decide to deploy? And how do they know what to do when they get there? In this episode, we’re joined by Jake Gillanders of Empact Northwest to get an up-close look at how they’re responding to the Turkey earthquake.
If someone witnesses an opioid overdose, naloxone is a proven method to quickly reverse the effects of opioids and save lives. But what happens when someone overdoses but no one’s there to see? The Brave Co-Op in Vancouver is pioneering overdose detection tools to activate life-saving community response and reduce fatal, unwitnessed overdoses.
What are parents with sick children supposed to do at night when all the pediatric clinics close at 5pm? In Haiti, the MotoMeds Pediatric Health Hotline is transforming how parents can get treatment for sick children in the middle of the night.
What happens if the person calling 9-1-1 for emergency assistance is deaf? AccesSOS founder Gabriella Wong shares how her tech company is solving that problem by making it easy for the deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with 9-1-1 dispatchers.
When it comes to domestic violence cases, law enforcement officers are trained to secure the scene, arrest perpetrators and keep families safe. But what they’re not trained to do is provide social services to the survivors. In Las Vegas, the Metropolitan Police Department teamed up with SafeNest to close that loop — and their partnership is showing exceptional success.
For almost two decades the US has been battling an opioid epidemic. In Hartford, CT, street outreach workers with the Connecticut Harm Reduction Alliance (CTHRA) respond to opioid overdoses alongside police, fire and EMS. In this episode, Mark Jenkins, CTHRA Founder and Executive Director, talks about their work on the frontlines preventing fatal overdoses
Twilio.org’s Crisis Response initiative is leading the charge in developing low-code communications tools for crisis response groups and call centers of all shapes and sizes. In today’s episode, we chat with Devin Brooks, program manager for Twilio.org’s crisis response initiatives.
The Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (EMCOT) works with the City of Austin first responders to divert jail bookings and emergency department (ED) admissions by providing real-time response for mental health crisis emergency calls. They provide short-term community-based interventions to stabilize a person in a psychiatric crisis and connect them with Integral Care services or other appropriate care.
In today’s episode we sit down with Hartford Communities That Care (HCTC), Connecticut’s pre-eminent violence intervention program, which has responded to more than 2,000 violent crimes, providing crisis response, mental health and supportive programs to improve the lives of youth and adult victims of crime and their families.