Storytelling – whether through traditional media, social media, blogs or film – is influential in detailing the efforts of emergency responders, highlighting the successes of a response, and underscoring its gaps and failures. Yet how do these stories influence policy, whether at the local, state or national level, to address perceived issues in the preparedness, response and recovery processes?
During this Town Hall, we will learn firsthand the power of stories to influence policy. This lively session will elicit the perspectives of a range of stakeholders with experiences that converge at the intersection of emergency response, storytelling, and policymaking. Stakeholders will include an author of a recent disaster book, a journalist with expertise in reporting on disaster response, a policymaker, and an emergency responder who will come together to unpack how stories contribute to the national dialogue and how efforts of policymakers significantly impact the abilities of responders to save lives during an emergency.