Encore: How to Create a Rebuild Organization with Charles Brooks

Charles Brooks

Encore: How to Create a Rebuild Organization with Charles Brooks     “Be very careful what you promise unless you know you can deliver something. There is enough heartbreak in a disaster that people don’t need to hear that you’re going to solve all their problems, and then you don’t.” –Charles Brooks   The last…

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How to Overcome the Challenges of Meeting Urgent Needs Post-Disaster While Building Future Resilience with Michael Morter

How to Overcome the Challenges of Meeting Urgent Needs Post-Disaster While Building Future Resilience with Michael Morter     “You have to have some structure so that when that event happens, there’s a trusted grassroots network in place.” —Michael Morter   It is said that disaster recovery is part problem-solving and part relationship-building. It recognizes…

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Day 3-14: Closing Remarks | Jennifer Gray Thompson

The conclusion of this year’s Wildfire Recovery Summit marks the end of a productive gathering, but it also signifies a continuation of the crucial work we undertake in disaster prevention and recovery.  Listen in as After the Fire USA Founder, Jennifer Gray Thompson leaves an inspiring message of hope that even in the midst of…

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Day 3-12: Future Thinking: Climate Resiliency is Economic and Community Development | Dr. Jonathan Kusel

Climate resiliency is not only an environmental imperative but also a strategic approach that can lead to flourishing economic and thriving communities. By embracing green technologies and adapting to a changing climate, we can foster innovation, attract investments, and enhance the quality of life for residents. This not only protects businesses and industries from costly…

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Day 3-11: Greening the Space of Disaster | Will Heegaard

In the aftermath of a disaster, investing in the process of rebuilding greener becomes not only an imperative but also a stepping stone towards resilience and sustainability. By incorporating these principles, communities can not only rebuild their physical infrastructure but also create a more harmonious relationship with the environment.  Will Heegard, the Operational Director of…

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Day 3-10: Fortress Ground/Structure Fire Retardants | Shayne McLaughlin

Fire retardants have long been utilized as a means to prevent and suppress fires, but the chemicals present in these retardants have been shown to persist in the environment, bioaccumulate, and even pose risks to wildlife and human beings. This has led to concerns about the long-term consequences of their widespread use. Hence, the need…

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Day 3-9: Preserving the Protectors: New Systems for Climate Resilience and the Safety of First Responders | Steve Akre (Moderator), Bailey Farren (Panelist), Mike Francis (Panelist), Jacqui Jorgeson (Panelist), and Ryan Vila (Panelist)

Ensuring the well-being of those who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities is not only a professional obligation but a moral imperative as well. Implementing comprehensive protocols, providing proper training, and offering support systems not only demonstrates our gratitude but also helps build a stronger, more resilient workforce of protectors.  This panel discussion brought…

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