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IEM Unscripted presents DisasterSmiths, a dynamic podcast that dives into the heart of disaster resilience. Join us as we explore the practical solutions, innovative programs, and dedicated service delivery crafted to aid disaster survivors and fortify communities. Our mission is clear – to make our communities more resilient in the face of adversity.

Through lived experience, IEM Experts Chris Smith and Diana Rothe-Smith sit down with fellow disaster recovery and resilience practitioners to discuss how processes, tools, and policies emerge and evolve as disasters strike – addressing and adapting critical needs with every recovery. The DisasterSmiths delves into historical, first-hand accounts to shed light on the roots of disaster recovery and explore how innovative strategies could be employed to enhance resilience for the future.

Tune in for an engaging journey where we unravel the stories behind the scenes, showcasing the resilience-building efforts that often go unseen. The DisasterSmiths podcast is your go-to source for insightful conversations on creating a stronger, more prepared world.

Our goal at DisasterSmiths is to:

  • understand why we do things the way we do before, during and after a disaster;
  • the purpose we intend to serve; and
  • think about how the effects of now will shape communities of the future.
  • A Smith is one dedicated to mastering the hardest metals known to man, responsible for brokering the compromise between nature and people. A DisasterSmith molds and shapes how we respond to and recover from disasters, forging tools and programs to help communities recover, rebuild, and increase resilience as disasters evolve. Our hosts, IEM’s own Chris Smith and Diana Rothe-Smith, share how their dedication and experience to the craft have propelled them to DisasterSmith status and how the DisasterSmiths podcast will cultivate conversations with fellow practitioners to drive innovative solutions for a durable, more adaptable world.

    The Hosts

    Chris Smith
    Director, Individual Assistance and Disaster Housing at IEM

    Diana Rothe-Smith
    Manager, Disaster Case
    Management at IEM

     
     
    Chris Smith, the Director of Individual Assistance and Disaster Housing at IEM, is pivotal in steering the company’s strategic and operational disaster recovery initiatives, mainly focusing on individual assistance and housing deliveries. His extensive experience in emergency management across various levels of government empowers him to lead with a unique blend of strategic insight and practical expertise. Chris’ career spans over 15 years at the local, state, and federal levels, and his significant tenure includes serving as a critical member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s senior leadership, where he headed the Office of Response and Recovery’s Individual Assistance Division. There, he led a large team through 175 federally declared disasters, efficiently managing the distribution of over $52 billion in federal assistance to those affected by disasters.
    Diana Rothe-Smith serves as IEM’s Program Manager for Disaster Case Management. In this capacity, she applies a wholistic survivor-focused approach to community recovery. Most of Diana’s work has been in coalition development, voluntary agency coordination, and community days of service. She has established long term recovery groups, preparedness councils, unmet needs committees, and community resiliency groups. Diana served as FEMA’s Acting Section Chief for voluntary agency coordination, was a program manager with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and was the executive director for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD).
  • A Smith is one dedicated to mastering the hardest metals known to man, responsible for brokering the compromise between nature and people. A DisasterSmith molds and shapes how we respond to and recover from disasters, forging tools and programs to help communities recover, rebuild, and increase resilience as disasters evolve. Our hosts, IEM’s own Chris Smith and Diana Rothe-Smith, share how their dedication and experience to the craft have propelled them to DisasterSmith status and how the DisasterSmiths podcast will cultivate conversations with fellow practitioners to drive innovative solutions for a durable, more adaptable world.

    The Hosts

    Chris Smith
    Director, Individual Assistance and Disaster Housing at IEM

    Diana Rothe-Smith
    Manager, Disaster Case
    Management at IEM
    Chris Smith, the Director of Individual Assistance and Disaster Housing at IEM, is pivotal in steering the company’s strategic and operational disaster recovery initiatives, mainly focusing on individual assistance and housing deliveries. His extensive experience in emergency management across various levels of government empowers him to lead with a unique blend of strategic insight and practical expertise. Chris’ career spans over 15 years at the local, state, and federal levels, and his significant tenure includes serving as a critical member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s senior leadership, where he headed the Office of Response and Recovery’s Individual Assistance Division. There, he led a large team through 175 federally declared disasters, efficiently managing the distribution of over $52 billion in federal assistance to those affected by disasters.
    Diana Rothe-Smith serves as IEM’s Program Manager for Disaster Case Management. In this capacity, she applies a wholistic survivor-focused approach to community recovery. Most of Diana’s work has been in coalition development, voluntary agency coordination, and community days of service. She has established long term recovery groups, preparedness councils, unmet needs committees, and community resiliency groups. Diana served as FEMA’s Acting Section Chief for voluntary agency coordination, was a program manager with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and was the executive director for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD).

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