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An inspirational speaker with a unique perspective on world health

Dr. Mark Keim knows exactly how disasters can impact a community. He uses this knowledge – 20+ years of professional and personal experience – to deliver engaging talks to audiences of all backgrounds. He’s served as a guest lecturer for over 100 engagements in over 40 countries.

As a speaker, Mark is uniquely skilled in bringing warmth and humor to difficult subjects. Not only does he share disaster preparation tips, he delves into true stories of his survival from a deadly tornado and his work with the CDC amid some of the most devastating crises, including Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attacks.

Dr. Keim can customize professional lectures and keynote addresses specific to the needs of the occasion. Scroll down for a list of DisasterDoc lecture topics currently offered.



“Mark doesn’t just present information. He biographically inserts himself into his presentations thereby creating an authenticity for his messages and lessons that make his presentations both more believable and more personal. His ability to tell stories also enhanced the stickiness of his presentation thus insuring that it had a lasting impact on his audience. To this day, I remember several of his stories, including how he took lessons as a kid from his weekly reader and then applied them in life and death situations in his adult life. That’s powerful stuff!”  – Nelson Fabian, Executive Director and CEO of the National Environmental Health Association

“Mark’s passion and commitment to educating the public on the importance of disaster preparedness, response and what the collective “WE” must do is evident when he speaks.  Our attendees raved about his honest and frank presentation during our May 2019 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting.” – Dania Rodriguez, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials – 


Target Audiences

  • Local, state, local, national governments
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Healthcare agencies
  • Emergency managers
  • Corporate risk managers
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Climate Change

  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Extreme weather events
  • Small island developing states
  • Disasters and adaptation
  • Impact on Pacific island health
  • Sea level rise and starvation in the Pacific
  • Disaster reduction and climate change
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Disaster Risk Management

  • Overview of disaster risk management
  • Disasters and health
  • Disaster risk reduction and health
  • Reducing the risk of disaster-related injuries
  • Disasters and prevention
  • Business continuity during public health emergencies
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency response
  • Crisis leadership
  • Incident management systems
  • Social media in disasters
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Industrial Disasters

  • Power failure
  • Bombings
  • Fire and explosions
  • Chemical release
  • Radiological/nuclear
  • Biological weapons
  • Chemical weapons

Disaster Medicine

  • Medical care during disasters
  • Disaster medicine for terrorism disasters
  • Ethical challenges in disaster medicine
  • Medical care for mass gathering
  • Planning for mass gatherings
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Disasters and Health

  • Introduction to Disasters and Health
  • Natural disasters
  • Biological disasters
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanoes
  • Landslides
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes (Cyclones)
  • Heat waves
  • Cold weather
  • Fires
  • Tornadoes

Emergency Preparedness

  • Overview of emergency preparedness for health
  • Disaster risk assessment
  • Disaster planning
  • Disaster exercises
  • Disaster deployment
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Disaster Case Studies

  • 1996 Olympic Games
  • Montserrat volcano eruption
  • Anthrax letters
  • World Trade Center attacks
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Indian Ocean tsunami
  • BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Fukushima radiation release

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