Thanks everyone for tuning into another important update about the Crisis Academy!

This week, the New Yorker published a story about Hurricane Dorian claiming that: 

‘… what happened in the Bahamas was a climate injustice. We owe the Bahamian people at least our anger, at least our action. Recycle. Carpool. Become tender with the Earth and the resources that it affords us. Consider what impact your food choices have on the environment at large. Turn to face the industries that currently have us careening toward an awful future. Bahamian lives, and the lives of the Caribbean at large, hang in the balance.’

I agree with this. But it’s not just the lives of those in the Bahamas, or the Caribbean, or any one place anywhere on the planet that hang in the balance because of what we humans are doing to the Earth. It’s all of us, everywhere. We are all vulnerable. Far too many people would rather take selfies with mega waves or play in boats on contaminated flood waters than take preparedness and emergency management seriously. We have to get real about our vulnerabilities, and we have to do that now.

So, with that in mind, I have another announcement to make about the Crisis Academy

My original plan with the Crisis Academy was to charge monthly subscriptions for access to the content (very reasonable subscriptions, I might add). Highly sophisticated learning platforms are very expensive, and subscriptions are a good model to help cover those costs. As I watch the disasters unfold around the nation and the major problems we have in terms of a lack of preparedness, however, I have realised that content like this should not be behind a paywall. Emergency management and response training should be for everybody and anybody. It should be truly accessible. It should be frictionless.

As such, I am pleased to announce that I will be launching the Crisis Academy as a 100% free service.

In the coming weeks, I will upload any submitted courses and the full versions of all Crisis Academy Insights Library interviews to our YouTube channel for anyone to view. As more courses are received, I will upload them too. As viewers, you will still be able to access the content, watch lectures in any order you want as many times as you want, discuss the content with people, share ideas, and talk to Instructors. But you’ll do it from the YouTube interface instead of our own.

In time, if we continue to get the content and the interest from the community, I will find ways to  make the platform sustainable. But for now, we need to get moving. We need to stop pondering our planet’s problems and we need to start doing something about them. We need to make emergency management and response learning something that anyone can do, and we need to do it now.

I hope you all will continue to support the Crisis Academy as you have done so far. At the core of this project is a deep desire to make our collective knowledge and skills more accessible, and that is something that should matter more to all of us than money or exposure or the bells and whistles on a learning platform. 

Subscribe to the Crisis Academy on YouTube

Keep an eye out on the web, email, and social media for the new content as it gets uploaded, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you get access to everything, for free!

If you do want to make a contribution to the Crisis Academy, please note that all proceeds from our slightly silly emergency management and response merchandise go directly to covering ongoing Crisis Academy costs.

Instructors – all of this has some implications for your relationship with the Crisis Academy, and as such I have emailed you separately.

Yours, as ever, 


Camilla Barker-DeStefano

Camilla Barker-DeStefano

Dr. Camilla Barker-DeStefano (Oxon) is a disaster lawyer, author, and founder of the Crisis Academy.

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