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A World Full of Disasters – Hurricane Maria and Beyond


A World Full of Disasters – Hurricane Maria and Beyond with the Disaster Podcast Team. Kyle Nelson gives our weather update for the podcast. He starts with a look at the remnants of Tropical Storm Jose off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. He then transitions to a recap of the damage from Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean including direct hits on Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Catastrophic damage is recorded on all the islands mentioned.

EMS World Americas in Bogota, Columbia

EMS Chief Juan Cardona

EMS Chief Juan Cardona

We then bring on a special recorded segment with Chief Juan Cardona from Coral Springs Fire Rescue in Coral Springs, Florida. Juan has organized a special South American EMS World Conference for communities there. Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group were invited to come in to the conference in Bogota, Columbia with their special cadaveric training programs and teach about mechanics of cardiac arrest.

We wrap up the episode with a recap of what U.S. disaster response units are doing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. There is a full deployment of a Federal Incident Support Team (IST) as well as USAR and DMAT teams in the islands.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.

Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at for more information on how this can be brought into your system.






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