How to Disaster Podcast

Welcome to "How to Disaster," the ultimate podcast for navigating the challenges of climate-based disasters, the defining crisis of our generation. With the increasing frequency and severity of these calamities, it's not a matter of if, but when you'll be affected. Whether you're a disaster survivor or seeking proactive strategies, this podcast is your beacon of hope. 

Recognized by top leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector, "How to Disaster" is the go-to podcast for those seeking a 360-degree view of disaster management. From gripping survivor accounts to exclusive interviews with experts, each episode offers a unique perspective that transcends conventional thinking. 

Join our host Jennifer Gray Thompson as we bring you the most compelling insights, innovative solutions, and best practices to equip you with the tools to face any disaster head-on. Together, we can shape a more resilient future.

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Martin Bras and Kelly Thompson

How to Face Disaster on an Island (Hurricane Maria) with Kelly Thompson and Martin Bras

Hurricane Maria, 2017- named “the worst natural disaster” and the “deadliest” in the history of Dominica, Saint Croix, and Puerto Rico.

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Peter Alan

How to Heal Through Art with Peter Alan

In this episode, we learn how art can be used in recovery as Jennifer speaks with Peter Alan, a Visual/conceptual mixed-media artist.

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Lorez Bailey

How to Lead During a Disaster & Racial Reckoning with Lorez Bailey

What makes leadership harder than it already is? Lorez Bailey gives us a glimpse of this unique mission and how it impacts recovery.

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Belia Ramos

How to Advocate: Public Sector (Local) with Belia Ramos

Communication is a crucial factor in a successful recovery and rebuild project. But with all the chaos, communication is also the first defense to fail.

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Bailey Farren in Firefighter gear and Susan Farren

How to Help the Helpers (First Responders) with Sue Farren and Bailey Farren

Sue shares her research about the unwanted and subtle effects these events have on first responders while Bailey speaks about tools to help both first responders and citizens gain quick access to needed information.

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Renae Hanvin

How to Engage the Private Sector with Renae Hanvin

The private sector is a vital component of recovery before, during, and even post-disaster. Press play and hear practical ways on how businesses can show up authentically during a crisis.

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Debbie Mason

How to Create a Mental Health System with Debbie Mason

Debbie works to bridge the gap in the mental health system, and she shares practical ways to do so in your community. She also shares positive mental health strategies and advice.

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Communication Failures in Disaster: A Case Study in Equity Issues, Napa, California with Belia Ramos

Talk about equity and cultural differences. Communicating can be a real challenge when multiple languages are spoken in a community. Scott interviews Napa Supervisor, Belia Ramos about the non-technical, but equally important side of communication.

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Cynthia Murray

Communication Failures in Disaster: The Impact on the Private Sector with Cynthia Murray

Our guest, Cynthia Murray, the CEO of North Bay Leadership Council refers to this as the “next normal.” Scott and Cynthia discuss the responsibilities of citizens and leaders in rebuilding a stronger, more resilient community.

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Riva Feldman

Communication Failures in Disaster: A Case Study in Malibu, California with Reva Feldman

Join our guest host, Scott Adams, as he interviews Reva Feldman, the City Manager of Malibu. Reva relates how the Woolsey fire greatly challenged their preparedness as a community and what lessons came as a result.

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