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Aug 13, 2019

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today’s topic is resilience! Joining Justin today is co-host Whitney Craig, RIMS Director of Government Relations. Resilience is a key topic at the upcoming RIMS Legislative Summit, which Whitney organizes and hosts every year on Capitol Hill.


In this episode, Justin and Whitney will be speaking with special guest, Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, the Deputy Administrator for the newly-organized FEMA Resilience. Prior to his role with FEMA, Dr. Kaniewski was the Vice President for Global Resilience at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services firm.  He was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security and served as Mission Area Director for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness/Response at a research center supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security during the George W. Bush Administration. You can also look forward to hearing more from Dr. Kaniewski at the RIMS Legislative Summit where he will be speaking at to discuss FEMA’s current programs and what they’re working on!

Key Takeaways:

[:30] About this episode’s special intro and outro music!

[:50] About today’s episode.

[1:24] Whitney talks about the upcoming RIMS Legislative Summit — when it is, what to look forward to, and featured guest speakers.

[2:17] About today’s guest, Dr. Daniel Kaniewski!

[3:23] Whitney and Justin welcome Dr. Kaniewski to the podcast!

[3:50] Dr. Daniel Kaniewski talks about his work at FEMA and what the FEMA Resilience is.

[4:28] Dr. Kaniewski describes some of the new initiatives coming out of Resilience that support the NFIP.

[5:17] Dr. Kaniewski explains what the Risk Rating 2.0 is and why it’s important.

[7:40] What Dr. Kaniewski will be speaking about at the upcoming RIMS Legislative Summit.

[10:27] Who is the architect behind FEMA’s new program, BRIC?

[12:30] In Dr. Kaniewski’s view, what makes an organization truly resilient?

[13:42] Dr. Kaniewski’s dispels some myths around resiliency and business continuity.

[14:48] How frequently can an organization train for natural disasters without it being too disruptive to their day-to-day operations?

[19:10] Dr. Kaniewski highlights some new programs at FEMA that RIMS members should know about!

[20:58] Were any of FEMA’s new initiatives created in response to the 2017-18 catastrophes (such as the Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, as well as the California wildfires)?

[21:49] Justin thanks Dr. Daniel Kaniewski for his time!

[22:15] Justin gives his recommendations on what links to check out after listening to this week’s episode.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Advocacy

RIMS Legislative Summit: Oct. 16th–17th in Washington, DC (Use promo code RIMSCAST25 at checkout to save on registration!)

RIMS ERM Conference 2019: Nov. 4th–5th in New Orleans, LA

Upcoming RIMS Events

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS Membership — Discover why 10,000 of your peers from more than 60 countries are a part of the RIMS community!

More About Dr. Daniel Kaniewski

FEMA Resilience

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

FEMA Strategic Plan

2017 After Action Review

Dr. Daniel Kaniewski’s The Hill op-ed: FEMA official: Americans need to start saving for a rainy day

Shaken Fury 2019 | FEMA

David Reece’s Official Site


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Dr. Daniel Kaniewski’s FEMA Profile