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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

May 18, 2020

Climate change, extreme weather, (un)natural disasters, pandemics, cyber attacks, biodiversity loss, the 6th mass extinction, poisonous political trends, etc.

These pose a threat to human societies and the natural world. This is a podcast about disasters suffered or averted, with issues facing experts in climate change adaptation, emergency management, business continuity, disaster risk reduction, public safety, etc.

It's for anyone interested in protecting your communities, families, your livelihoods or businesses.

Tune in as we seek solutions to potential risks and also the domino or cascading effects when they overlap and slam into each other.

With host, Vin Nelsen . . .


In Season 1 Episode 1 of Multi-Hazards, your host Vin Nelsen

  • Reveals the podcasters who inspired him.
  • Offers a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) definition of "hazards" and "multi-hazards".
  • Discusses two of several main themes: Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Emergency Management (EM).
  • Answers the question: Is Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) really a defined professional field?
  • Explains the diversity of the Emergency Management (EM) field.
  • Provides a brief educational and work bio of himself, the host.
  • Responds to the question: "Why a podcast?"
  • Envisions what future podcasts will be like.
  • Describes the podcast-birthing environment arising out of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Teaches you a few great proverbs that apply to our global predicament.

Thanks for listening, everyone.  Stay safe out there and stay tuned for more!

Check out the Study Guide that accompanies this podcast.  Useful for elementary, high school, universities and English Second Language (ESL) classes!

Multi-Hazards . . . all about protecting communities.

Vin Nelsen's Bio

Vin Nelsen has a passion for protecting communities. While continuing to teach immigrants at Douglas College near Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, he studied a Grad Diploma in Climate Risk Management from the University of Waterloo, a Certificate in Climate Change Policy & Practice from the University of Toronto, courses from Yukon University's Graduate Diploma in Climate Change Policy, as well as a Diploma of Emergency & Security Management, Certificate in Emergency Management and Certificate of Emergency Management Exercise Design from Justice Institute of BC (JIBC), plus courses in First Nations' Studies, meteorology, technical writing and cyber security while volunteering with a local Emergency Preparedness program and Red Cross these last two years. He finished in December 2019, then COVID-19's disruption came in March 2020, so this podcast at least lets him release some of that pent-up steam while seeking ways to contribute to Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).  He currently volunteers with Canadian Red Cross for local and nationwide disasters as well as with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) - Canadian Council's Partnership Engagement Committee and Understanding Risk BC's Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Hub.

He has a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural-related studies (Trinity), a Bachelor of Arts, double majors of Communication (Media) and French & Certificate of Liberal Arts (Simon Fraser University), a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (Vancouver Community College), and passed the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing University of British Columbia (UBC).  His previous work including many years in immigrant helping organisations as program manager, career and job search counsellor and instructor, English language instructor and real estate agent.  He worked six years in Asia and has mainly worked with non-Westerners since his youth.  For the next few decades, he will dedicate himself to protecting communities from extreme weather events, geohazards, security threats and damaging social and political trends.

«Être fort pour être utile.» ("Be strong to be useful")

From Georges Hébert (1875-1957), French Navy officer, pioneer of France's physical education programs and creator of the Natural Method.