Press Release, “FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalk on the Role of Social Capital in Disasters”

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FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalk on the Role of Social Capital in Disasters

FEMA NEWSWASHINGTON — FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today the third video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, Dr. Daniel Aldrich’s “Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery.”

In his PrepTalk, Aldrich explains how social ties are the critical aspect of resilience in immediate survival, in mental health, and in community recovery. Despite common assumptions that money, governance, level of damage, and inequality are the most important determinants of recovery, Aldrich demonstrates that “disaster resilience comes from internal factors: How connected are we? How much trust do we have in each other? How often do we work together?” Aldrich has studied disasters around the world and is the author of “Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery.”

Aldrich’s presentation, a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at This is the third video of eight being produced from the PrepTalks Symposium held in Washington, D.C. in January. Additional videos will be released in the coming weeks; upcoming topics include the importance of mapping potential hazard exposure and land use for community planning.

The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thoughts leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years.

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Each PrepTalk release will include videos of the presentations and the question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions, a Discussion Guide related to the topic, and additional resources. PrepTalks Discussion Guides are companion documents to the PrepTalk videos. When used together, these guides help translate the research and expertise showcased in each presentation into action steps to improve disaster preparedness.


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