"Disaster Heroes - the Podcast" is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by international crisis management consultant and author Suzanne Bernier, based on her critically-acclaimed book, 'Disaster Heroes'. During each episode, the host, a former journalist and news anchor will highlight and interview everyday people who have done or continue to do extraordinary things following disasters.

For every disaster reported in the media, there are thousands of inspiring and uplifting stories we don’t ever hear about. Disaster Heroes helps to bring some of these stories to you, not only to highlight some of these helpers and heroes from around the world, but also to remind us all that 'there is a hero in each of us'.

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Rethinking Readiness with Jeff Schlegelmilch & the National Center for Disaster Preparedness

By Brian | June 22, 2020

Attention all Emergency Managers – you don’t want to miss this exclusive podcast chat with one of America’s most respected thought leaders and innnovators in the field of disaster management:

Coronavirus Special Edition “Behind the Masks” – Voices from the Front Line

By Brian | June 8, 2020

On this first ‘Coronavirus special edition’ of Disaster Heroes entitled ‘Behind the Masks – Voices from the Frontline’, we have some very special guests

Hero Dogs: The Story of Puppies Behind Bars

By Brian | May 26, 2020

On this episode, we talk to Gloria Gilbert Stoga, founder of ‘Puppies Behind Bars’ (PBB), a very unique and special program that trains prison inmates…

No Attitude Just Gratitude

By Brian | May 11, 2020

Brian and his family have been driving down the semi-deserted streets of Manhattan to thank essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Blazing a Trail in Disaster Management

By Brian | March 16, 2020

On this episode, we talk to Founder and ‘Chief Wrangler’ of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Past work in disasters includes hurricane Sandy, OK tornadoes…

Turning Tragedy Into Hope – The New York Says Thank You Foundation

By Brian | March 2, 2020

Jeff Parness, Founder & Executive Director of the New York Says Thank You Foundation and its many wonderful offshoot projects, including Stars of HOPE USA.

Heroes of the Joplin Tornado

By Brian | February 17, 2020

On this episode, we talk to pioneer Rebecca Williams, who, along with her daughter Genevieve, provided a new model for the way we communicate after disasters.

9/11 and The Spirit of Louisiana

By Brian | February 3, 2020

New Orleans native Ronnie Goldman, a very special hero who single-handedly helped rebuild the New York City Fire Department following the 9/11 terror attacks.

A Hero to Our Heroes – the Story Behind Lucas for LUCAS

By Brian | January 20, 2020

On this episode, we talk to 9-year-old Lucas Vetter, who started a fundraising campaign to help equip his local fire department with costly lifesaving CPR devices.

If You Plant Them, They Will Grow – The 9/11 World Trade Center Oak Project

By Brian | January 6, 2020

On this first episode of Disaster Heroes – The Podcast, we speak with Chris Hopcraft, the founder of the World Trade Center Oak Project, who tells us about a very special 9/11 project he created to provide hope, healing, and to honor…