Frequently Asked Questions
What is After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine. Why are we needed?
During a disaster, the focus of the world is on the immediate response, but soon after the event ends, cameras leave and donations cease at the exact moment when survivors need the most help. Recovering from a federally declared disaster is a long term process — between 7-10 years if fortunate; 20-30 years if resources are scarce.
Many are familiar with the need for short term relief for survivors, however very few are aware the needs of survivors grow with time and there are virtually no nonprofits working in long term recovery to meet that need. It can take years before a survivor can even begin to think about rebuilding. Why? Trauma often accompanies disaster and rebuilding is a very stressful, complicated process. This is a national problem. It is critical to have a dedicated organization who will respond to the needs of fire survivors until every family is home.