Community to Community Programs
Every person's needs and their capacity to recover are different. And when you can break it down and share the load, it's more likely that people will make it through.
-Pamela Van Halsema, After the Fire Director or Community and Digital Programs, Tubbs Fire Survivor
No disaster affected community should begin at the beginning.
We support and mentor newly disaster survivor communities in a variety of ways; advocacy, mentorship, survivor networks and partnerships. We understand the challenges of undergoing the trauma of experiencing a major disaster and then searching for answers on how to recover, rebuild, and reimagine. We are not prescriptive; we are adaptive.
We don’t have all of the answers, but we do have a number of strategies, tools, and resources to help other communities affected by any type of disaster, from wildfires to pandemics to wind and rain events. Our goal is to shorten the “pain period” between disaster and recovery.
The Wildfire Survivor Network
There is nothing to compared to the empathy, trust and advice of others who have been through wildfire recovery too. We convene monthly, in our Community to Community meetings on Zoom, to listen, share perspectives, information and care with the people who are emerging and established leaders in their own community's recovery. We record these sessions, often with guests participants from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and we share them on YouTube for others to access. We do this because these human connections are an essential part of resilience and recovery, and wildfire survivors know that it is healing to #PayItForward.
We bring our experience along with 'The Bench', our growing network of disaster recovery and resilience experts across many disciplines and sectors, to inform our work, and help communities with the right information at the right time.