ONLINE EVENT: Managing Effective Communications with the Community As You Rebuild

This session was recorded and the video is posted our YouTube Channel

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About this Meeting

Managing effective communications is difficult during normal times, let alone after disaster. Prioritizing clear communications across multiple channels with different stakeholders is essential, and done well can avoid confusion and help more people make good decisions. Communicating trusted information to those who are rebuilding can also increase community engagement in the recovery process.

Hear from leaders in three fire impacted communities in Northern CA, Southern CA and Oregon as they outline what strategies were most effective for their local recoveries, advice they want to share, and lessons learned along the way.  What channels of communication were most useful for which groups? How did they collect feedback and make changes based on what they learned? What helped them keep their needs and stories top of mind in the community over the long term?

Bring your questions! There will be time for Q and A.

Can't make it live? This session will be recorded and posted on our YouTube Channel

The session will include special guests:

Deana Freres

Deana Freres, Executive Director of Santiam Canyon Long Term Recovery Group, Advisor to the Santiam Wildfire Relief Fund, Santiam Canyon Wildfire Survivor

Vita Iskandar, Organizer of Neighbors Together Strong and Resilient, and Tubbs Fire Survivor

Vita Iskandar lost her Santa Rosa home, along with approximately 5,000 other households, in the 2017 Tubbs Fire.  She and other fire survivor neighbors were looking for guidance and information concerning rebuilding and insurance claims. Along with others, she helped gather and disseminate such information.  


Jeff Okrepkie, Founder and past president of the community rebuilding organization Coffey Strong and Tubbs Fire Survivor

Jeff and his family’s Coffey Park home was destroyed in the 2017 Tubbs Fire, Jeff founded Coffey Strong, a non-profit organization that brought the Coffey Park neighborhood together to engage with fire survivors and share resources to help create a more efficient and cohesive community rebuilding process.