S02 E07 – Connections in Preparedness with Alicia Johnson

Like it or not, we have all survived a global hazard—the Covid 19 Global Pandemic. It’s impact is still being felt at home and at work. And as climate change related weather patterns cause more and more disasters, we all will likely need to navigate disasters together more often. This will impact work and home, which is why we talk today to Alicia CEO of Two Lynchpin Road.

When disaster strikes and the unthinkable happens, governments, businesses, and organizations turn to Alicia Johnson. Alicia is an Emergency Manager, Community Preparedness Expert, and Founder and CEO of Two Lynchpin Road. With 20 years of on-the-ground experience, she offers an essential, nuanced perspective on emergency preparedness and disaster resilience. Alicia has served as an expert to NATO, built White House-recognized preparedness resources, and responded to countless disasters from wildfires to chemical spills to earthquakes and active shooters. When Alicia is not skillfully managing emergencies, she can be found taking photographs and planning her next travel adventure. (6 countries, 45 states, and counting.)

Today on Let’s Make Work Human

  • We explore different types of emergencies: that there is a difference between threats and hazards, including natural disasters and human-caused events like active shooters.
  • Covid-19 pandemic: Alicia explains how the pandemic fits into the category of threat hazard and discusses her experience as the Director of Emergency Management at the University of California Berkeley during the pandemic.
  • Good things that come out of disasters: We talk about the positive outcomes of disasters, including the cohesiveness that develops in communities and the interconnectedness of individuals and organizations.
  • The importance of maintaining vulnerability-based trust: how creating conditions in the workplace that allow for vulnerability-based trust without having to go through a disaster.
  • The importance of connections: Alicia emphasizes the importance of connections in preparedness and response, both in neighborhoods and workplaces.

Resources Mentioned in the Show

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