Providing accurate and factual information with insightful commentary to television, radio and newspaper media is an important aspect of what Eric is committed to doing.

He has had extensive media experience in providing informative content to all forms of the media. Eric currently hosts Disaster Zone TV, a show about emergencies and disasters. In the past Eric has also produced and hosted 60 Project Impact programs for a 31 channel government network of stations in Washington State.

See examples of his commercial television interviews, quotes in the media. Also see examples of his published articles and his Op-eds.

Eric believes that the media is not the enemy and is working to have governments and private business take a different approach to working with the media. See The Media is my Friend (PDF) for an introduction to what he has done previously and the attitudes he is trying to change.

“We are living in the “information age” and because of the important role the media plays in our society we need a new and different approach to how we work with all forms of the media. It starts with recognizing them as full fledged partners in building disaster resistant communities and regions. They are not the enemy, they are our friends.”

Eric Holdeman

Information for Media Partners

Eric tries to make himself available to the media 24/7/365 days, except for leap years when that expands to 366 days. Click here for Eric’s contact information. Another resource for you is Help A Reporter that allows you to have access to other sources based on your topic. It might be just what you need to reach other people who can help you with story content.

If Eric is not able to speak on a topic he has a 10,500 person rolodex of contacts and he will happily refer you to other experts.

You may find the following documents helpful in your work in reporting the news:

Eric's Television Interviews
TOPIC
MEDIA
DATE
‘This is an urgent issue’: Seattle makes little progress on buildings that can kill in earthquakes
Seattle Times
02.15.18
Unpredictability, potential damage complicate tsunami preparedness plans
Sinclair Broadcasting
01.23.18
Washington not ready for earthquakes and tsunami
King 5 TV
09.25.17
Northwest States Reluctant To Force Retrofits For Buildings That Could Kill In Big Quake
NPR Radio
09.27.17
Inslee’s quake group favors quick fixes over major upgrades
Seattle Times
09.23.17
Hurricane Harvey shows benefits, risks of turning to social media in disaster
Sinclair Broadcast Group
08.28.17
Prepare to be on your own in a major Pacific Northwest disaster
KING 5 News
06.30.17
Portland’s Doomsday Preppers Will Help You Survive the End of the World. For a Fee
Willamette Weekly
04.13.17
Federal funding for ‘Big One’ prep is ‘conceivably’ in jeopardy
KIRO Radio
03.29.17
Despite warnings, Seattle still dangerously unprepared for megaquake
Crosscut
05.02.16
Oil train safety symposium draws crowd
KING 5 News
04.27.16
East Coast cities prepare amid dire weekend snow forecasts
Sinclair Broadcast Group
01.19.16
6 tips for preventing and surviving a terrorist attack
Sinclair Broadcast Group
11.17.15
FEMA Since Katrina
Aljazeera America
08.28.15
The Dangers of URM Buildings in an Earthquake
Seattle Times
08.10.15
50 Years Ago, The Earth Shook Under Seattle
KUOW – NPR
04.29.15
Oso’s Lesson For Emergency Managers: ‘We’re Not Ready’
KUOW – NPR
04.29.14
Boston blasts reignite debate over surveillance drones
KING 5 News
04.16.13
Emergency Preparedness Kits: The Hot New Holiday Gift Item?
VIV Mag
12.18.12
Consultant urges people to embrace preparedness
Yamhill Valley News Register
10.03.12
Expert warns its best to prepare now
Yamhill Valley News Register
09.26.12
Supply Chain Security
Security Management
06.11.12
Professionals Debate the Need for Emergency Management Certification
Emergency Management
03.28.12
Spending Bills Fully Fund FEMA Disaster Relief Request For 2012
HSToday.US
12.30.11
Homeland Security Grants To Cities Soon To Suffer More Deep Cuts
Huffington Post
12.29.11
Federal Homeland Security dollars drying up
KING 5 News
09.09.11
9/11 and the price of protection
Radio Canada CBC News
09.06.11
Disaster spending breaks records
Marketplace – APM
08.22.11
What Happens at a Norwegian Political Youth Camp?
Slate.com
07.25.11
Arizona wildfire could spread to New Mexico
Marketplace – APM
06.08.11
Preparing Hanford for a major earthquake
KING 5 News
05.26.11
‘140’ social media online conference 2 b available
NACO County News
05.09.11
City, port plan to purchase boat
Tacoma Weekly
09.28.10
FEMA: Making a Comeback
Governing
08.10
An Ounce of Advocacy
Stanford Social Innovation Review
05.10
Forging Public-Private Relationships
Security Management
D.C. panel approves Fenty nominee for homeland security chief
The Washington Post
02.24.10
U.S. responds swiftly to help Haiti
Politico
01.14.10
With hopes for the best, he prepares for the worst
Seattle Times
04.28.02 reprinted 12.27.09
Emergency Response and Social Networking
Federal News Radio 1500
06.23.09
Partnerships key to port security
Tacoma Weekly
04.16.09
Maritime security goes well beyond the perimeter (PDF)
Security Director News
04.09
Tweeting in an Emergency
Homeland 1
02.18.09
Expert: FEMA Has “Know-It-All” Mentality (mp3)
Federal News Radio 1500
02.05.09
A Guide to Workers’ Comp Worst-Case Scenarios
Risk & Insurance
01.09
Social Networking In Emergency Management
Web20iGo
11.08
Eric Holdeman on the state of FEMA and the future of EM
When Safety Fails
11.08
Inside Information
Government Technology
10.08
Business Continuity: Survey Gauges Government’s Ability to Survive Disaster
Government Technology
07.17.08
Intel: Disasters can be ‘business as usual’ with enough planning
Computerworld Security
06.18.08
Schwarzenegger’s Radical Volunteers
Time Magazine
02.26.08
A Changing Reality
Emergency Management Magazine
09.19.07
Town’s comeback uncertain after tornado
USA Today
08.07
ICF International Hires Nationally Known Emergency Management, Homeland Security Experts
ICF International
06.12.07
The Changing Roles and Responsibilities of the Local Emergency Manager: An Empirical Study
International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
03.07
Why we don’t prepare
Time Magazine
08.28.06
Doing it the NW Way
Homeland Security Today
06.06
A moment with … Eric Holdeman
Seattle P-I
06.05.05
Early readings from disaster drill bode well for us
Seattle P-I
05.14.03
Bridging the Data Disconnect: Information Sharing Essentials
Government Technology
10.08.02
With hopes for the best, he prepares for the worst
Seattle Times
04.28.02
Bridging the Data Disconnect: Information Sharing Essentials
Seattle P-I
12.07.01