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Episode 99: How Small Issues Can Lead to Big Consequences with Kevin Kupietz

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As emergency managers and leaders in the business resilience industry, we have seen a lot of incidents where seemingly small incidents or decisions led to huge consequences. Sometimes when we are so focused on the big decisions and best practices, we lose perspective on how public perception and minute details can cause big problems. In this episode, Kevin Kupietz shares his experience and tons of relevant stories on how small issues led to big consequences, and how to evaluate your decisions to factor in those potential consequences.

Dr. Kevin Kupietz is the chairperson of the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Department of Aviation and Emergency Management. He is a NC certified firefighter/paramedic with more than 20 years of emergency response experience with local, state, and federal agencies. He comes with a diverse emergency response and educational background with teaching certifications in a variety of emergency service topics. 

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • How aviation ties closely to emergency management – even outside the transportation industry
  • The need Kevin saw for diversity in emergency management and how that led to him working for an HBCU
  • How a lack of exclusion does not mean you’re being inclusive
  • Why an awareness of public relations is crucial in emergency management
  • Stories of small incidents that led to huge consequences for an organization
  • How public perception should impact decisions in a crisis
  • How to evaluate the potential consequences of seemingly small decisions

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Vanessa Mathews, host

Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jon Seals, producer

Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.

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