Resilience and Recovery Technology

Applying new technologies are helping us mitigate risk of megafire, learn how to recover from megafire, and rebuild our communities more quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.

Complex Data Displayed with Maps

view of a digital application of a map from Paradise, CA showing in purple the parcels for rebuilding and layers that indicate different types of information displayed on the mapReal-time understanding of complex data is possible using software that renders Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which capture, store, check, and display data related to positions on Earth's surface.  Whether preventing fire, fighting fire, or recovering from it, these technologies have life saving, time saving, and cost saving potential.

Collaborations for Rebuild Cost Savings

blueprint background with a simple line drawing of a single story house in black and white on top

The factors to consider for rebuilding a home are daunting: budget, codes and zoning requirements, energy and water considerations and more. After the Camp Fire, Rebuild Paradise Foundation helped create a Residential Floor Plan Library, drawn to local specifications, adaptable, and free to those who need them. Innovations in home design like this make the task of rebuilding just a little more within reach for those faced with this task. ATF3R will help other fire communities find and develop these economies of scale and practical resources, too.

Monitoring Air Quality

A screenshot from the OpenAQ website which shows a map key with a range of colors indicating air quality ratings with blue as good scaling to blue which is badNew systems that collect air sensor data and render maps displaying ratings for harmful air particulates from smoke have been developed to inform public health leaders as well as community members so they can take preventive measures for their own health during times of wildfire.  As one of our nonprofit partners, Open AQ is leading the way to making these maps open source as a global resource.

 Accessible Communications

graphic symbolizing broadband communications

Too many areas, especially in the rural West, lack access to broadband high speed internet to receive emergency alerts and to collaborate with recovery efforts. Advances in communications need to serve everyone's needs, and we advocate and collaborate to create investment in those areas that have been marginalized for too long.

An Invitation to Share

If you have a technology that you have deployed that has positively impacted a fire recovery, please let us know so we can share your best practices with others.


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