DisasterClass Season 1 Library – Instinct Ready Inc.

Season 1 Library

0. Welcome to DisasterClass!

Meet your hosts in this introductory episode, Jason Perez and Wesley Long. They are active EMTs with a passion for educating the public. Jason and Wesley discuss their journeys into the preparedness field, why they feel preparedness is important, and what you can expect to get out of DisasterClass. This podcast takes on a new approach to disaster planning and preparedness, using research, expert testimony, and science-based methods.

1. How to Understand Disaster Risk

Jason and Wesley dive into understanding disaster risk through the use of a risk assessment, a process for identifying hazards and understanding their impacts. They also talk with John Scardena, an experienced Emergency Manager to get his expert scoop on assessing risk.

2. What is Hazard Mitigation?

In this episode, Jason and Wesley pick up where they left off in Prep101. They discuss the concept of hazard mitigation, which can decrease your disaster risk and save you lots of money and headaches. 

Bonus: Survival Story

In this bonus episode, Wesley and Jason chat with Austin Grant. You may remember Austin from the Episode on hazard mitigation. In this episode, Austin speaks about a personal disaster experience he had while camping in the mountains of Wyoming. 

3. Don't Forget About The Kids

Don’t forget the kids! They can prepare too! Jason & Wesley talk with Heather Beal, a seasoned Navy Vet, Emergency Manager, and Author. Heather discusses the importance and value of educating the young ones, and what she is doing to help fill a critical need in childcare and education.

4. Talk About The Monster

Preparing for a disaster goes well beyond having food, water, and shelter. In this episode, Jason & Wesley talk with Mistofer Christopher, a children’s book author, about the importance of mental preparedness and overcoming fear and anxiety. Chris offers some valuable insight and perspective on human nature and how different people react during an emergency.

5. What Does FEMA Actually Do?

In this special episode, Jason and Wesley talk with former acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, Pete Gaynor. Upon his appointment by the President of the United States, Mr. Gaynor oversaw some 300 disasters in his tenure as FEMA administrator, including one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons in history and the agency’s first ever pandemic response. 

6. When The Flood Waters Rise!

Flooding is one of the most commonly occurring natural hazards in the United States. Jason and Wesley talk with Robert Chaney and Jason Bourgeault from Rooftop Liferafts in this episode. They discuss some of their experiences, the importance of flood preparedness, and a unique and innovative product for flood safety.

7. Don't Go Thirsty!

Water is by far the most precious resource on earth! However, waterborne contaminants are a leading cause of illness around the world. During a disaster, water can become contaminated and lead to serious illness and death. In this epsisode of DisasterClass, Jason and Wesley talk with Travis Avery of Sawyer about an amazing little product that is provinging a big solution in the world of water purification. 

8. The Last House Standing

Every year millions of people suffer the wrath of Mother Nature, as infrastructure is demolished, houses are flooded and swept away, and lives are lost. Why do we continue to place cost over safety while the technology exists to build homes capable of withstanding hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes? In this episode, Jason and Wesley explore this question as they talk with George Siegal, the director, and producer of the award-winning documentary, “The Last House Standing.”

9. What Are Community Lifelines?

There are critical functions and services that we rely on everyday within our communties. These are called Community Lifelines, and they are essential for modern life. What makes up these lifelines? And, how could we be affected if a hazard impacts them? Jason and Wesley dive deep into this subject by breaking down the seven different lifelines identified by FEMA, and they look at some recent disasters to see what it looks like when a disaster impacts them.

10. What Is IPAWS? And, Why Do You Need It?

Staying informed of impending hazards is a crucial part of preparedness. But, how exactly do you do that? Well, fortunately, there is an entire infrastructure in place within the United States to keep you in the know. 


In this episode, Jason and Wesley talk with Justin Singer and Jody Smith from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or, IPAWS for short. This high-tech system plays an integral role in national preparedness, and it is something you absolutely need to know about.


For more information about IPAWS, visit www.FEMA.gov/ipaws

11. Emergency Planning–Does it Work?

Does emergency planning really work? In this episode, Jason and Wesley talk with Sherry Henderson, one of Jason’s former college classmates, to answer this question. As part of her graduate studies in emergency & disaster management, Sherry worked with some residents of Co-op City in the Bronx, New York, to assess their risk, create an emergency plan, and develop a training and exercise program. Her hard work spanned the course of one year. Was it worth it?

12. Road-trip Disaster!–Part One

DisasterClass podcast goes on the road! Join Jason and Wesley as they make their way from New York to Atlanta, Georgia, for an intensive 3-day emergency management training put on by the Readiness Lab. This unscripted episode lends itself to some funny banter and bickering as the two are stuck together in the car for upwards of 14 hours.

13. Road-trip Disaster–Part Two: Best Bug-out Vehi

Rejoin Jason and Wesley on their road-trip to Atlanta, Georgia, for a special emergency management training and product launch. See a whole new side to Wesley as the two get into a colorful discussion about bug-out vehicles. What would be your ideal bug-out vehicle? Let us know in the comments. 

14. Weather Tips From a Professional Meteorologist

You cancel your plans because the forecast calls for snow, but all that happens is a few flurries. Sound familiar? Yeah, we get it. It can be frustrating when the forecast is off, but have you ever stopped to think of what it takes to forecast the weather? What can you do to increase your weather literacy? Get the inside scoop from professional meteorologist Cheryl Nelson.


Cheryl is an award-winning TV host and an AMS certified broadcast meteorologist, lifestyle/natural disaster preparedness expert with two decades of experience, appearing on Fox News, BBC World News, CNBC, and the weather channel, just to name a few. She is also the founder and owner of Prepare With Cher, LLC. 

15. Preparedness–It’s Not Complicated!

It’s time for part-two of the interview with meteorologist Cheryl Nelson. Cheryl discusses the value of planning ahead along with practical suggestions of what to put in your disaster kit. Preparing for an emergency is not as hard as you think. As Jason and Wesley learn, it’s a lot easier than forecasting the weather. Listen as Cheryl also describes a chilling story of her coverage of a tornado outbreak in Virginia. 

16. The File of Life

Did you know a piece of paper could save your life? It’s true! Jason and Wesley talk with Matthew Flint from the File of Life Foundation about how that is possible.


Medical emergencies can happen anytime. When they do, there is confusion, panic and urgency. Paramedics arrive on the scene with no information about the person in need. Seconds count – they can make the difference between life and death. The File of Life Foundation has a program that helps buy back those precious seconds and minutes. 

17. Free Disaster Preparedness Resources

September is national preparedness month and we are challenging you to do just one thing this month to be better prepared. In this episode, Jason and Wesley explore Ready.gov, the official community-centered website of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There, they find some free useful resources that you can use right away to increase your readiness. 

18. This food lasts 30 years!

It’s time for everyone’s favorite subject–food! Well, it’s at least Jason and Wesley’s favorite subject. However, when it comes to a disaster setting, how much food should you be preparing? As the guys find out, what comes in a lot of premade kits is nowhere near sufficient. In this episode, Jason and Wesley talk about food prep and even taste test some Mountain House Biscuits and Gravy.

19. The easiest way to start a fire!

There are so many different ways to start a fire and so many opinions on which way is best. After trying out several different fire-starting tools, Jason and Wesley are convinced that they found the easiest option. On this episode of DisasterClass, Jason and Wesley interview Mike Beyrodt, the inventor of Pull Start Fire. This amazing fire-starting tool is unlike anything Jason or Wesley have ever seen. Before recording this episode, the guys test out the Pull Start Fire to see if it really holds up to the claims.