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Five months since the deadly wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, providing housing for displaced residents continues to be the biggest challenge facing the community’s rebuilding efforts. After the Fire CEO Jennifer Gray Thompson...

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All Things Considered

NPR's Pien Huang speaks to Jennifer Gray Thompson, founder and CEO of After the Fire USA, about what to expect from long-term recovery after a wildfire.

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AP news article

Kim Cuevas-Reyes, a 38-year-old cellphone store owner, snuck into Lahaina last Friday to see the remnants of her home with her own eyes. She took backroads and walked. What she saw stunned her.

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NBC News Now: Nov 24, 2023. Dasha Burns

Earlier this month, Hawaii Governor Josh Green announced a new recovery fund that would set aside over $150 million dollars for the victims of the Maui fires.

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Washington Post gentrification by wildfire

Climate change and its most extreme consequences are pushing up the price of homes throughout much of the American West, as...

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2 years post Dixie Fire

Climate change and its most extreme consequences are pushing up the price of homes throughout much of the American West, as...

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Sonoma Group Forged in Tubbs Fire Helping Other Wildfire Victims Cope

Amid the crumpled, twisted remains of the Plumas County town of Greenville, few people stirred, other than the constant ...

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Mike Thompson article

Rep. Mike Thompson from California’s 4th District announced Friday morning that Jennifer Gray Thompson, founder and CEO of After the Fire...

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Jennifer Gray Thompson

Founder, After The Fire
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What happens after the fire

March 8, 2024

NPR’s Pien Huang speaks to Jennifer Gray Thompson, founder and CEO of After the Fire USA, about what to expect from long-term recovery after a wildfire. PIEN HUANG, HOST: I want to stay on that last point that we heard from Greg about the plans to rebuild those communities that were lost building back after…

Ashes to Action: Rebuilding After the Tubbs Fire

March 8, 2024

When the Tubbs Fire — one of over a dozen Northern California blazes that burned for weeks in October 2017 — was finally fully contained on October 31, the damage was hard to quantify. In total, the Tubbs Fire burned more than 5,600 structures and nearly 37,000 acres of land. In Santa Rosa alone, over 2,800 homes…

When Entire Areas Disappear, How To Recover With Resilience

March 8, 2024

It was 15 years ago, in May 2007, that an EF5 tornado barreled through the 1,300-person city of Greensburg, Kansas. In just 15 minutes, give or take, 12 people were killed and 95 percent of the town was obliterated, according to Stacy Barnes, who grew up in the town and is now its administrator. “We…

Calif. wildfire survivors offer Boulder County advice

March 8, 2024

LOUISVILLE, Colo (KDVR) — A group of California wildfire survivors spent time in Boulder County this week, offering tips and advice to those impacted by the Marshall Fire. Jennifer Gray Thompson created “After The Fire” following devastating fires in her community in 2017. “The truth is, until you go through it, it is the unimaginable,”…

Sonoma disaster expert Jennifer Gray Thompson makes Forbes’ 50 over 50 women impact list

March 8, 2024

Jennifer Gray Thompson was recognized alongside Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown-Jackson and bestselling author Brene Brown. Sonoma nonprofit leader Jennifer Gray Thompson was listed on Forbes’ 50 Over 50 2022: Women Stepping Into Their Power In Life’s Second Half, and she didn’t even know it. As she checked her phone with sleepy eyes on the…

Five years After the Fire, national recognition for Sonoma’s Thompson

March 8, 2024

Jennifer Gray Thompson, CEO of the Sonoma-based nonprofit After The Fire, is on Forbes ‘50 over 50: Impact’ list of national changemakers. The publication called Thompson a leader in the recent field of megafire disasters across the American West. Thompson’s path to leadership took several turns, Forbes noted. She was a high school dropout, a…

What Is It Like To Evacuate from a Megafire and What Happens After the Fire?

March 8, 2024

TWIN BRIDGES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 30: A chairlift at Sierra-at Tahoe ski resort sits idle as the Caldor Fire moves through the area on August 30, 2021 in Twin Bridges, California. The Caldor Fire has burned over 165,000 acres, destroyed over 650 structures and is currently 13 percent contained. (Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)) Packing…

California nonprofit brings wildfire recovery experience to Santiam Canyon

March 8, 2024

Wildfire in 2020 left damage all throughout the Santiam Canyon east of Salem. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) Over the next few years, a Northern California-based nonprofit will work to get local officials and organizations connected with grant funds to aid survivors of the 2020 Santiam Canyon wildfires. Jennifer Gray Thompson, CEO of After the Fire, spent…

Local State of the Union guest details experience

March 8, 2024

North Bay congressional representative Mike Thompson was notably absent from this year’s State of the Union address. That’s because he was a designated survivor, meaning the congressman took in the speech from a secure location in case of a catastrophe at the U.S. capitol. KRCB spoke with Thompson’s guest attendee about her experience. “I love America,” Jennifer Gray…

California fire survivors helping Oregon fire survivors

March 8, 2024

The hope is that as fire survivors help each other they will create a network to help future fire survivors. GATES, Oregon — Wildfire recovery continues to happen across Oregon. While the road is a long one, communities ravaged by fire are banding together to help each other. On Tuesday, a group of people toured…