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Between the pandemic, the climate crisis, wild development decisions, deferred infrastructure maintenance, and sketchy industry decisions we are surrounded by disaster. So, you should know more about them.

This monthly newsletter is a curated list of disaster-related news articles, research, books, podcasts, and other things I think you should know about. There will also be disaster memes.

This newsletter is meant for everyone — disaster experts, survivors, practitioners, and laypeople alike!

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Dr. Samantha Montano became interested in disasters following a trip to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina and the Levee Failure. She spent four years in New Orleans working with various nonprofits on recovery efforts related to both Katrina and the BP Oil Disaster in 2010. 

Her educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Emergency Management from North Dakota State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Management & Homeland Security at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

In addition to research, she is passionate about public engagement work especially related to climate change.

She is the author of Disasterology: Dispatches From The Frontlines of The Climate Crisis. Order here.

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I'm not a regular disasterologist, I'm a cool disasterologist. Emergency Management PhD. Disasters. Climate Change. Feminist.she/her