About Me

Hello there, my name is Jeremey Horan; I’m the editor and sole contributor to Everything’s A Disaster. I’ve spent the last 9+ years working in the world of disasters...both on the response side, managing and coordinating volunteers as well as on the planning and preparedness side working for a County. 

Starting as a volunteer and then working my way through the disaster space has given me a unique perspective on what we do and how we do it. I write about my points of view, resources, trends, and ideas on different ways to approach the problems we face as practitioner’s working on behalf of community’s preparing for and responding to disaster. I also write about issues impacting nonprofits, information communications technology, Emergency Management, and anything else that I find interesting and relevant.

My opinions are my own but they’re informed by what I see, read, do, and experience. You’ll notice a lot of links embedded in my posts, this is my way of giving credit where it’s due. While I’d like to think of myself as the originator of all the ideas on this blog, I’m smart enough to know that I’m not that smart,                                                                    

I started strong posting regularly for about a year and half and then I got to a place where I felt like I was beginning to repeat myself...so I took a step back. Having amassed new experiences and gained different perspectives I plan on posting again...but it's going to be at a more leisurely pace.

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More on Me

After graduating from College I moved to New York City and worked at an ad agency for a few years. It was during my time in NYC that Hurricane Katrina roared through the Gulf and captured the attention of the nation. I donated money to the Red Cross and felt pretty good about myself; what changed was that in the weeks following my donation, I kept seeing videos of communities that were wiped off the map, of places where the storm looked as if it could’ve blown through the day before. With zero understanding of how response and recovery worked I was astounded that more hadn’t happened in those initial weeks to help those impacted. It wasn’t until Anderson Cooper’s famed indictment of the governments response that it all clicked for me. Things weren’t ok, and there was much more that I could and should do, so I decided I was going to volunteer. In researching how I could make that happen: The Red Cross told me that I needed training, I never heard back from the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity told me I could be placed on a wait list. I didn’t understand, how could the news show images of devastation and recount stories of the overwhelming needs and yet I be told that there wasn't a place for me and my desire to help?

Frustrated, I tabled the idea until I read a blog that changed my life. This blog talked about an organization that didn’t require training, didn’t cost any money, and you could stay for as long as you wanted, in return volunteers were expected to work 6 days a week in a community with need - I booked my tickets that morning.

That initial experience and every one since then has helped to evolve my thinking on the myriad issues affecting the world of Disaster and Emergency Management--hence this blog. However, even as my roles and responsibilities change, I continue to be a passionate believer in the power of volunteers and continue to strongly advocate for empowering communities in charting their own course for recovery. While I'm no longer a full-time resident of church basements, converted restaurant spaces, or Knights of Columbus Halls, my determination to champion the equitable integration of volunteers into the growing response framework remains strong. 

Thanks for reading...

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