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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.


Maurice Deenihan

“Dr. Keim is like the old E.F. Hutton commercial , when Dr. Keim speaks people listen . Marks group discussions are always interesting and inciteful and brings to light a whole new area to risk and disaster management, I think any committee working on a risk management project should call on someone of his caliber and take notes.”

– Maurice Deenihan Field Compliance and Training

Bill Raisach

“Mark has a keen perspective not only in the medical realm but also in the wider context of how health issues can impact wider society including both public and private organizations. He is an extremely effective communicator and we have had the good fortune of having him present at recent global forums in Singapore and New York.”

– Bill Raisch Executive Director – Global Resilience Network – International Center for Enterprise Preparedness at New York University


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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