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New Podcast Episode: ‘NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program: Planning for Tomorrow, Today’

The National Ocean Service is bolstering its ability to assess risks and respond quickly and effectively to increased natural and human-caused coastal threats. In the latest NOAA Ocean Podcast episode, OR&R's Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) Chief Kate Wheelock discusses how the DPP coordinates operational abilities and knowledge across NOAA to ensure quick recovery after a disaster strikes.

A body of water with hurricane debris around it.
Destruction in Key West, Florida, following Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Image credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program was created in 2017 to strengthen existing operational capabilities to ensure the National Ocean Service and its partners have the tools necessary to plan for and respond to disasters. To strengthen commerce and communities, the program uses NOAA’s expertise to ensure that response plans are reviewed and tested regularly, equipment is maintained, and staff are well trained. The program aids NOS and partners who deliver critical disaster response services in events ranging from human-caused disasters such as oil spills, to natural disasters such as hurricanes.

To learn more about the Disaster Preparedness Program, listen to NOAA Ocean Podcasts’s latest episode: “NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program: Planning for Tomorrow, Today.”