COVID19 dispels any notion that Americans are actually prepared for any kind of disaster. Let's be honest. For the past eighteen years, practically everyone has told us to prepare a disaster kit for a 'rainy day' and everything would be ok. The reality is most Americans have rejected this advice for a lot of reasons.
FEMA has admitted we have failed to create a culture of preparedness. Even so, little has been done to change the approach to getting citizens and businesses prepared.
Continuing to tout the same tired message is not only unproductive, but it changes nothing, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations.
Recognizing that preparedness is a mindset that requires people to change behaviors, we need a new approach. I founded Preparedness Matters in 2012 to 'change' the game in preparing for disasters. Since then we have been at the forefront of several groundbreaking initiatives that will 'change the game' in disaster resiliency for the public, corporations, and the whole community.
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Vince was a Keynote speaker at Canada's premier conference in 2018 and 2019.
Disaster and Emergency Management Conference 2019
"Vince Davis' speech was voted the highest rated presentation in conference history.' Dan Joyce, McGregor Communications conference chair
Interview with Vince Davis at the 2019 DEMCON Conference
Challenges of Corporate Emergency Managers
Vince discusses the influence of corporate cultures on emergency management professionals, and some of the pitfalls to success in the private sector.
Vince has been a regular workshop presenter in 2018 and 2019
PIEPC - EMERGENCY MANAGERS CONFERENCE
PIEPC is one of the premier emergency management conferences in the Pacific Northwest. "Vince's 'Six Steps To Resilient Communities was a big hit with attendees at his workshop." Conference Co-chair Jan Glarum"
Vince was a featured speaker at the 2018 conference in Boston, and has been a regular contributor to the organization's work
ICMC - IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED CRISIS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD
Corporate and Public sector Crisis Managers from throughout the U.S. and Canada were impressed by Vince's knowledge and insights into the challenges of community resiliency. "Vince is an excellent presenter, and leaves the audience wanting more", Robert Burton, ICMC Organizer.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
Here is just a few the things I've written.
Lost and Turned Out Preparing Underserved Communities
Disasters do discriminate, response and recovery far too often re-victimizes the elderly, children, transportation challenged, people below poverty, minorities, and people with disabilities, and food insecure.