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What if the worst day was really the best day?

My reflections on the significance of May 4th, 2012 in my life and being nine years post cancer diagnosis. While the day itself was a horrific experience, it was necessary in my healing process and I’ve come to realize that perhaps what I’ve always considered to be my worst day was actually my best day for being a turning point in my journey.

I also announce my forthcoming book Ruin to Rebirth: Transforming Disaster into Resilience.

Jenny Novak on Keystone Emergency Management Association Podcast

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Falavolito on a podcast that he hosts on behalf of the Keystone Emergency Management Association, a professional group for EM’s in Pennsylvania. We discuss California’s ongoing response and recovery efforts, recent earthquakes and their impacts, what still needs to be done to improve preparedness and a little bit about how I got into the field and what a ‘day in the life’ is like at CalOES. Enjoy!

Listen to “Episode 17 – Interview with Jenny Novak, CEM” on Spreaker.

Extreme Event Resiliency Feature

Extreme Event on the Road: California Campus Spreads Resilience

Koshland Science Museum (February 13, 2017)

Our program was featured on the website for Extreme Event Resiliency Game! A great way to teach groups about the disaster cycle and the concept of resiliency. I have facilitated the hurricane scenario exercise with 3 groups on campus and 3 groups of American Red Cross volunteers. In April 2017, two additional groups on campus will get to experience the earthquake scenario.

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