Dr. Irwin Redlener, a columnist for the Daily Beast, is the Founding Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness as well as a Senior Research Scholar at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, a Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Public Health Analyst for NBC/MSNBC.

Dr. Redlener is the author of Americans at Risk: Why We’re Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now as well as The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for 21st Century America.