FEMA Higher Education Program Webinar Bulletin Announcement, September 7, 2018

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National Training and Education System Higher Education Program


Developing Culture(s) of Preparedness:

The Important Role of Culture in FEMA’s Strategic Plan (2018-2022)


September 20, 2018        2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT




On May 22-23, 2018 twenty-nine academic and practitioner stakeholders met in Washington, DC at Georgetown University to discuss the role of culture in FEMA’s new Strategic Plan. The webinar invites disaster scholars and practitioner experts in disaster management to participate in a presentation of that FEMA Higher Ed workshop and report. We will discuss the meaning and implications of FEMA’s new strategic priority: to build a “culture of preparedness.” Specifically, we will present findings about the relevance of local community variations in the landscape of risk, the cultural practices and values that empower people to make sustainable preparedness choices, and the reasons past efforts to build a culture of preparedness have not met with desired levels of success.



  • Dr. Katherine E. Browne, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Laura Olson, Georgetown University
  • Ana-Marie Jones, Interpro Inc.
  • Dr. Julie Maldonado, Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Marino, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Keely Maxwell, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Eric Stern, University of Albany-SUNY
  • Jenny Hegland, Jenny Hegland Consulting
  • Wendy Walsh, FEMA Higher Education Program Manager

Registration link:



Conference Call-In: 1-800-320-4330, PIN: 376368#


For additional information: Contact Wendy Walsh – Wendy.Walsh@fema.dhs.gov