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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Understanding Air Quality Impacts of Wildfires with Chisato Fukuda Calvert Ph.D

Air quality is drastically affected by wildfires, which can lead to health risks that extend beyond the immediate danger of the fire itself. The region where the fire occurs is usually at the highest risk of air quality deterioration. However, smoke plumes can develop and travel far distances, impacting areas well beyond the wildland-urban interface….

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Take 5- Advice from Policy Makers

Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. In such emergencies, a need for someone to step up and lead the response and recovery efforts arises. And in every case, those efforts are led by leaders and policymakers. But what does it take to be a servant leader during a disaster? What does being on the frontlines teach…

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How to Memorialize Our Fire Story, A Conversation with Author Brian Fies

Wildfires are devastating. They destroy homes, businesses, and sometimes even entire communities. And when they’re over, what’s left is often a wasteland of charred earth and blackened trees. In a few minutes, everything you’ve built has burned to the ground, without having the chance to say goodbye. But the most painful thing is to be…

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Take 5- Community Engagement

Disasters can happen anywhere, and when they do, it is vital that the community comes together to help rebuild. That’s where effective leadership comes in – leaders can help to coordinate and manage community efforts, and ensure that everyone has the resources they need to recover. Community engagement is key to a successful recovery from…

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How to Address Compound Disasters with Renae Hanvin Part 2

For years, we’ve seen how the intensity and scope of disasters have evolved, but our preparedness is yet to be tested again with this new thing called “compound disasters”. It is already happening and will keep happening in the years to come. What can we do to address this? Jennifer and corporate2community founder, Renae Hanvin…

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Take 5- Fire Survivor Stories

Welcome to the first episode of After the Fire Podcast Take 5 Series, where you get to hear the best of every episode in under 10 minutes! Disasters happen when we least expect them. And often, we are left with very little time to take action. In these emergency situations, how we respond means the…

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How to Get Federally Declared Disaster Assistance Through FEMA with Cherry Jochum

Signed by President Jimmy Carter, Executive Order 12127 established the Federal Emergency Management Agency, widely known as FEMA, as the primary agency in charge of emergency management and civil defense. Among its many functions, FEMA also manages disaster assistance funds, from which many families and organizations have benefited. Still, in desperate times, many people can’t…

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What to Expect from Season 3 of the How to Disaster Podcast

We’ve come so far! And we did it together!  Thank you ever so much for being with us until this moment.    In Season 1 & 2, we’ve met incredible people who faced life-threatening and terrifying wildfires and yet proved themselves resilient and selfless emergent leaders. We’ve also learned priceless lessons on the power of…

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What We Learned from Season(s) [One &] Two of the How to Disaster Podcast

Two seasons have passed since you walked this journey with us on How to Disaster. As we close the season and welcome another, we want to express our eternal gratitude to you for the support and love you’ve shown for the show.  In this episode, Jennifer sums up heartwarming lessons we’ve learned about humanity, disaster,…

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How to Heal from Trauma and Rebuild Your Property After a Fire- Practical Lessons from a Woolsey Fire Survivor with Gary Jones Part 2

“All the big decisions in life are before you”, says Gary Jones, a Woolsey Fire survivor. We have heard Gary’s story in part 1 of this interview. This week, Jennifer and Gary  discuss practical lessons on survival, healing, and positivity. Tune in as Jennifer and Gary engage you in an insightful and fun conversation about…

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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.