Press Release

For Immediate Release



Special guests include National Homeland Security Association President
and NYC Emergency Management Commissioner


July 10, 2018 – The 2018 National Homeland Security Conference is under way in New York City. In the latest episode of “Prep Talk”, hosts Omar Bourne and Allison Pennisi chat with NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph J. Esposito, and Branch Strickland, NYC Emergency Management’s executive director of finance, who also serves as president of the National Homeland Security Association. Guests discuss what attendees can learn, including topics ranging from cyber and homeland security to emergency preparedness. Listen to episode 13 on SoundCloud and iTunes.

For more information about the 2018 National Homeland Security Conference, visit


Joseph J. Esposito
was appointed commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department in 2014. He is responsible for oversight of the City’s efforts to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, coordinate emergency response and recovery, and disseminate emergency information. With more than 40 years in public service, Esposito has dedicated his career to public safety and preparedness. 

Branch Strickland is the executive director of finance for NYC Emergency Management and the president of the National Homeland Security Association, which sponsors the National Homeland Security Conference.

NYC Emergency Management ‘Prep Talk’ Podcast Series:

Get ready for your emergency prep talk! NYC Emergency Management has launched “Prep Talk,” a new podcast series that engages listeners about emergency management topics. Listen as NYC Emergency Management hosts Omar Bourne and Allison Pennisi talk with guests who keep our city safe and prepared before, during and after emergencies. You can listen to “Prep Talk” on SoundCloud and iTunes to stay up-to-date on the latest episodes.


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