How to Disaster: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine Podcast

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The Role of Art in Recovery After a Disaster with Rina Faletti, PhD

When a disaster strikes, the conversation typically focuses on what has been lost: homes, livelihoods, and even lives. The emotional and spiritual toll of a disaster can be harder to recognize, but it is every bit as important. But in times like these, it’s crucial to remember that humans are creative creatures, and we have…

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The Role of Art in Recovery After a Disaster with Rina Faletti, PhD

When a disaster strikes, the conversation typically focuses on what has been lost: homes, livelihoods, and even lives. The emotional and spiritual toll of a disaster can be harder to recognize, but it is every bit as important. But in times like these, it’s crucial to remember that humans are creative creatures, and we have…

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Take 5— Media and Disaster Reporting- A Focus on Information Transfer and Responsibility

Media is arguably one of the most powerful resources in terms of information gathering and distribution. As the old adage goes, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Media, especially that which has gone digital and wirelessly transmitted to smartphones and televisions has become a force unto itself — capable of bringing changes in the…

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How to Manage Charitable Donations Post-Disaster with Jake Bentz

Charitable giving surges during periods of natural disaster. In a time when the heartstrings are being tugged and people are donating like crazy, it is easy to be overwhelmed with donations.  Unfortunately, most items donated to shelters do not suit the immediate needs of survivors. As a result, donations often do not reach their intended…

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Take 5— Three Rs – Insurance, Rebuilding, and Legal Aid Relating to Disaster

There are things we often don’t want to talk about— but need to know, including insurance and legal aid. Not many people enjoy getting insurance, but it’s becoming more and more necessary as we continue to experience stronger and more frequent disasters.  However, even these recovery processes can be taxing and even more painful than…

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How ToolBank USA Helps Improve Recovery and Community Preparedness with Trey Bearden

Many people lost not just their homes and belongings during a disaster, but also the ability to continue working. On top of dealing with their own loss, many families find it difficult to afford the additional costs of repairs and rebuilding when something happens. And, sometimes, people just don’t have the tools to do some…

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Take 5 — Resilience and Technology- A Focus on Future Solutions

As we watch global events unfold, we realize that there will be more climate-related disasters in the coming years. The devastating truth is that we will never be able to stop natural disasters from happening, but there is something we can do to build our homes and communities with more tolerance to disasters.   As the…

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How Data and GIS Helps FEMA Equitably Allocate Resources with Heather Milton

Disasters can devastate communities greatly. When this happens, the focus of those affected is on survival, but after the immediate danger has been thwarted, many then turn their attention to longer-term issues of survival and recovery. For them, the most important thing is to get their lives back to normal. In this event, disaster management…

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Take 5 – Before the Fire – A Focus on Vegetation and Land Management

Mega wildfires are an anomaly. They aren’t supposed to happen. Fires aren’t supposed to burn millions of acres of land in a single year. More than that, they aren’t supposed to be a multi-billion dollar problem. This episode is focused on private landowners and the role they play in preventing and mitigating fire risks on…

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How to Persevere Through the Turbulence of Disaster Recovery with Zack Rosenburg

It’s impossible to look at the devastation brought by wildfires and not be overwhelmed with sadness. It’s a natural tendency to want to beat yourself up when things aren’t going well. And while it is heartbreaking to realize that the ongoing recovery will last years, we shouldn’t lose hope. There’s a reason that people rebuild…

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Take 5- Three Rs – A Focus on Helping the Helpers

In times of crisis, it is the first responders who show up to help those in need. They work non-stop to help the victims. They risk their lives for us each time they respond to an emergency situation. For this reason, we owe it to them to give back. But, giving back does not mean…

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Jennifer Gray Thompson Portrait

This podcast is for those who have experienced disaster or want to build in resiliency prior to a disaster.  Host Jennifer Gray Thompson, CEO of After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine., interviews disaster professionals, community members, emergent leaders, and ordinary, yet extraordinary people who bring lessons, strategies, mistakes, triumphs, and humanity forward to help you recover, rebuild, and reimagine.