Our Programs

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Community Navigation Post-Megafire 

We DEPLOY into wildfire communities to listen, learn, serve, navigate

We CONNECT community leaders with resources, tools, peer support, and a robust network



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We Advocate. We Educate.

We Go Together to Create Change in Washington DC

We Bring Together Leaders from Multiple Megafires

We Educate Lawmakers & Agencies on Wildfire


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We Innovate. We Mitigate.

We create new systems for resiliency

We administrate a forest mitigation resiliency program



Our parent non-profit organization is Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF).

In partnership with the five Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) of Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Napa counties and Clear Lake Environmental Research Center, is offering the North Bay Forest Improvement Program to forest landowners across the four-county North Bay region.  This pilot program is made possible thanks to $5M in funding via a CALFIRE Wildfire Resilience and Forestry Assistance grant. Read more about this program.

Program News

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Day 3-14: Closing Remarks | Jennifer Gray Thompson

The conclusion of this year’s Wildfire Recovery Summit marks the end of a productive gathering, but it also signifies a continuation of the crucial work we undertake in disaster prevention and recovery.  Listen in as After the Fire USA Founder, Jennifer Gray Thompson leaves an inspiring message of hope that even in the midst of…

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Day 3-13: We Can Live Alongside Wildfire: Designing Housing | Dr. Jonathan Kusel & Susan Jones

Living alongside wildfires is a topic that poses both challenges and opportunities. In order to adapt to this new reality, we need to focus on both structural and landscape considerations. Designing housing that can coexist with wildfires is imperative as these natural disasters become increasingly frequent and devastating. By integrating these factors into the design…

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Day 3-12: Future Thinking: Climate Resiliency is Economic and Community Development | Dr. Jonathan Kusel

Climate resiliency is not only an environmental imperative but also a strategic approach that can lead to flourishing economic and thriving communities. By embracing green technologies and adapting to a changing climate, we can foster innovation, attract investments, and enhance the quality of life for residents. This not only protects businesses and industries from costly…

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Day 3-11: Greening the Space of Disaster | Will Heegaard

In the aftermath of a disaster, investing in the process of rebuilding greener becomes not only an imperative but also a stepping stone towards resilience and sustainability. By incorporating these principles, communities can not only rebuild their physical infrastructure but also create a more harmonious relationship with the environment.  Will Heegard, the Operational Director of…

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Day 3-10: Fortress Ground/Structure Fire Retardants | Shayne McLaughlin

Fire retardants have long been utilized as a means to prevent and suppress fires, but the chemicals present in these retardants have been shown to persist in the environment, bioaccumulate, and even pose risks to wildlife and human beings. This has led to concerns about the long-term consequences of their widespread use. Hence, the need…

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Day 3-9: Preserving the Protectors: New Systems for Climate Resilience and the Safety of First Responders | Steve Akre (Moderator), Bailey Farren (Panelist), Mike Francis (Panelist), Jacqui Jorgeson (Panelist), and Ryan Vila (Panelist)

Ensuring the well-being of those who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities is not only a professional obligation but a moral imperative as well. Implementing comprehensive protocols, providing proper training, and offering support systems not only demonstrates our gratitude but also helps build a stronger, more resilient workforce of protectors.  This panel discussion brought…

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Day 3-8: Revolutionizing the Built Environment: Unveiling the Power of Nanotechnology | Mike Francis

In recent years, nanotechnology has demonstrated its remarkable potential in disaster prevention, response, and recovery. With its ability to manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular scale, nanotech offers immense possibilities for creating advanced materials, sensors, and communication systems, enabling more efficient and effective disaster management strategies. These groundbreaking advancements have revolutionized the way we…

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Day 3-7: The Power of Purpose: Corporate Philanthropy’s Role in Building Climate Resiliency | Brooks Nelson

As climate-related challenges intensify, companies and organizations are increasingly recognizing the need to support efforts aimed at climate adaptation and mitigation. By fostering collaboration and investing in innovative solutions, corporate philanthropy contributes to creating a more resilient and sustainable future for both businesses and the communities they serve.  The Walmart Foundation provides local grants to…

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Day 3-6: Accelerating Wildfire Mitigation at the Community and Property Level | Ivan O’Neill

Wildfire mitigation is not just about safeguarding our properties; it’s a shared commitment to securing the well-being of our entire community. Whether it is clearing hazardous vegetation, implementing fire-safe building practices, or fostering collaboration through community education and outreach, we can create a safer and more resilient community for all.  Co-founded by Ivan O’Neill, Wuuii…

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Day 3-5: Empowering Preparedness: Watch Duty App— Revolutionizing Civilian Engagement in Disaster | John Mills & Heather Milton

Transforming civilian engagement in disaster management through technology is a crucial and timely initiative. Harnessing the capabilities of modern technology allows communities to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. This evolution in engagement empowers individuals to be more informed, connected, and resilient in the face of unexpected challenges, ultimately saving lives and…

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Day 3-4: Envisioning Resilience: Our Wish List for Climate Crisis Resiliency Innovations and Development | Dr. Christa López & Andy Winkler

With increasingly severe weather events, ecosystem disruptions, and humanitarian consequences, innovative solutions and resilient strategies are critical for mitigating the damage and protecting vulnerable communities. Swift action is essential to fulfill international commitments, reduce economic losses, and safeguard the well-being of future generations. Hence, the dialogue on addressing the climate crisis is of utmost urgency…

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Day 3-3: Closing the Information Gap: Through Collaboration and Customer-Inspired Solutions | Shea Broussard

Firefighters often find themselves surrounded by thick smoke, making it difficult to navigate through the vast expanse of a raging wildfire. Every step is uncertain; every decision is crucial. Add to that the lack of detailed knowledge about the terrain, the vegetation, and the fire patterns.  Therefore, it’s time we recognize the dire need for…