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 of 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 guest 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.

The Bench

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.

After the Fire On the Road

From our visit to the Santiam Canyon fire zone in Marion County, OR to learn about their recovery progress 14 months post fire, which devastated the region on Labor Day weekend 2020.  We spent a few days and toured the area and met with local recovery leaders along with a group of experienced, trusted members of our network--Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, John Russell, CPCB Manager/Community Planning Expert, and Michael Morter, Wildfire Recovery Ombudsman, Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

From our visit to Greenville and Taylorsville in Plumas County, CA to support them as they navigate the first steps after the Dixie Fire.

Community to Community Monthly Meetings


Greenville, CA view of downtown after Dixie Fire with large fire-tinged rusted metal sculpture of an eagle in the foreground.

Wildfire Recovery Updates from After the Fire

October 14, 2021

Each year the wildfires across the West grow larger, more severe, and there are new communities faced with recovery and…

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the love in the air is thicker than the smoke

Remembrance and the Path Forward

October 8, 2021

Today marks four years since our lives and landscape changed in a megafire that swept across four counties for 23…

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Commissioner Lara

Commissioner Lara protects insurance coverage for 325,000 Northern California wildfire survivors

September 21, 2021

Announcement from the California Department of Insurance Mandatory one-year moratorium prevents homeowner insurance cancellations and non-renewals following an emergency declaration…

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Solving for Toilets meeting

ONLINE EVENT: Solving for Toilets in Wildfire Rebuilding and Recovery

September 15, 2021

View the Recording   Friday, September 24, 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time, via ZOOM Considerations for Non-Septic, Non-Sewer Alternative Toilets in…

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This work is made possible in partnership with Fannie Mae: Disaster Resiliency & Relief.