The Milestones in the Long Term Recovery from Wildfire

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Day 1 began with a workshop for Wildfire Community Leaders who mapped out the milestones for recovery over a 5+ year time span Anyone who has experienced wildfire understands the road to recovery after is long and complex both for individual survivors, but for the community as a whole as well. Our Wildfire Leadership Summit…

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ONLINE EVENT: Organizing Your Neighborhood for Wildfire Preparedness with COPE

Hear how one community in the Wildland Urban Interface started organizing residents to prepare for disaster, and a few years later has built on that foundation to advocate, organize and train many more groups across Northern Sonoma County. This session was recorded. Access the recording and more of our monthly session videos on our YouTube…

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After the Fire Announces $220,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation to Support Community to Community Programs (C2C)


Jennifer Gray Thompson, CEO and Judy Coffey, Board President of After the Fire, a leading nonprofit in wildfire recovery in the United States, announced a grant from the Walmart Foundation to support programs dedicated to helping communities recover, rebuild and reimagine after experiencing a megafire.
The $220,000 grant supports the work of After the Fire USA, specifically our Community to Community Programs (C2C) supporting, mentoring, coaching and sharing best practices with those affected in the devastating 2020 wildfire season that burned over 10 million acres and caused $16.4B in damage across California, Oregon, and Washington states. “The 2020 wildfire season was not only unprecedented, it was also a confirmation that we are living in the Era of Megafire. This generous grant from the Walmart Foundation demonstrates their commitment to ensuring wildfire survivors have equal access to adaptable systems, resources, best practices, and our Wildfire Resilience Network of leaders,” stated Jennifer Gray Thompson.

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ONLINE EVENT: Managing Effective Communications with the Community As You Rebuild

Managing effective communications with the community

This session was recorded and the video is posted our YouTube Channel View this information on our Events Calendar About this Meeting Managing effective communications is difficult during normal times, let alone after disaster. Prioritizing clear communications across multiple channels with different stakeholders is essential, and done well can avoid confusion and help more people…

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ONLINE EVENT: Ready for Rain – Land Care After Wildfire

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About this Meeting   This session was recorded, and the video is posted on our YouTube Channel View this information on our Events Calendar Rain is coming! Attend this Community to Community meeting of the Wildfire Survivor Network to hear from environmental scientists and land managers who have years of experience caring for burned land…

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Wildfire Recovery Updates from After the Fire

Greenville, CA view of downtown after Dixie Fire with large fire-tinged rusted metal sculpture of an eagle in the foreground.

Each year the wildfires across the West grow larger, more severe, and there are new communities faced with recovery and rebuilding. After the Fire’s CEO Jennifer Gray Thompson and COO Charles Brooks went through these experiences with the 2017 Sonoma County Complex fires and the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise respectively. But as the destructive…

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