How to Disaster: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine Podcast

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How to Improve Community Preparedness After a Wildfire with Pamela Van Halsema

How to Improve Community Preparedness After a Wildfire with Pamela Van Halsema      “It’s through those human relationships that make this whole thing tolerable to do because it’s about the people involved.” -Pamela Van Halsema   Wildfires are a natural part of the globe’s ecosystem. But in recent years, they’ve become more common and…

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How to Address Compound Disasters with Renae Hanvin Part 2

How to Address Compound Disasters with Renae Hanvin Part 2     “Preparedness and resilience is a shared responsibility.” -Renae Hanvin     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…

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Take 5- Fire Survivor Stories

Take 5- Fire Survivor Stories     “We cannot and should not let our community down and go through another wildfire and lose another life. That should be our mission. That should be our goal.” -Brad Sherwood   “Strong recovery comes down to people.” -Pamela Van Halsema    “You called me a second responder, I’d…

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

How to Get Federally Declared Disaster Assistance Through FEMA with Cherry Jochum     “Your despair is real…. If you don’t get the answers you want, appeal. Ask the right people and keep asking till you get to the right person.”  -Cherry Jochum     Signed by President Jimmy Carter, Executive Order 12127 established the…

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

What to Expect from Season 3 of the How to Disaster Podcast     “The only way through this is together.” -Jennifer Thompson     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…

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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

How to Heal from Trauma and Rebuild Your Property After a Fire- Practical Lessons from a Woolsey Fire Survivor with Gary Jones Part 2     “When the call for evacuation comes, take it seriously. When the fire is coming at you, you don’t have any time.” -Gary Jones     “All the big decisions…

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How to Help Firefighters (Volunteer Firefighters Specifically) with Jacqui Jorgenson

How to Help Firefighters (Volunteer Firefighters Specifically) with Jacqui Jorgenson     “Let the timing flow, be open to finding your space. There is a room for everyone and a need for everyone to participate. We’re at a critical point in human evolution where we don’t have the luxury of waiting for everyone else to…

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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 1

How to Heal from Trauma and Rebuild Your Property After a Fire- Practical Lessons from a Woolsey Fire Survivor with Gary Jones Part 1     “Fire never has enough. It has an insatiable appetite.” -Gary Jones     “911 showed up six days later”, says Gary Jones, a Woolsey Fire survivor. During a fire,…

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How to Address Wildfire Risks and Insurance with Indigenous Practices and Community-Wide Preventative Responses with Wendy E. Nystrom

How to Address Wildfire Risks and Insurance with Indigenous Practices and Community-Wide Preventative Responses with Wendy E. Nystrom     “We have much worse wildfires due to everything that climate change has caused. We need to have a forward-thinking conversation, not a reactionary one.” –Wendy Nystrom     We are living in a major historical…

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How Equity Can be Enhanced in Sustainability and Disaster Preparedness with Amy Simpkins

How Equity Can be Enhanced in Sustainability and Disaster Preparedness with Amy Simpkins     “A fundamental principle of innovation is that if you want more diversity of ideas and possibilities, you need to have more diverse brains in the room. That’s not a diminishment of anyone. In fact, that’s an elevation of everyone.”  -Amy…

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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.