Three seasons have passed and it’s been an incredible journey! 

As we take a moment to reflect on the past three seasons, we want to say a big, big thank you to all of you!!

We are so grateful for the community of people who have supported us along this journey— from those who watched us grow from the ground up to those who helped us find our voice and purpose, your support has been unwavering. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Join Jennifer as she highlights remarkable episodes and guests who brought us unforgettable lessons from season three, and her touching message of appreciation to all who made this success possible. 

We’re excited about all the amazing things coming up in season 4 and we hope that this new season will be even more rewarding than the last. We’re so glad to be able to continue this journey with you, and we hope that you’ll stick around for it!


You can find all of our episodes conveniently located on our YouTube Channel. Below are the links to each season: 

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Season Three: 

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“Be safe, be prepared, and be ready.” -Jennifer Thompson





  • 00:20: A Big Thank You to All! 
  • 02:48: Season 4:  What to Expect
  • 04:17: Be Safe, Be Prepared, and Be Ready!



Three seasons and counting! We can’t wait to see where this new chapter takes us! Join @AfterTheFireUSA CEO @JenGrayThompson as she ends Season 3 with a stirring message of gratitude and hope. #Recover #Rebuild #Reimagine #HowToDisaster #wildfire #AfterTheFire #season3finale #season4 #collaboration #besafe #beprepared #beready



00:47 “Anything worth doing is usually a collaborative effort, and this is true for the How to Disaster Podcast.” -Jennifer Thompson

04:17 “Be safe, be prepared, and be ready.” -Jennifer Thompson


Meet Our Host:


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Jennifer Gray Thompson is a lifelong resident of Sonoma Valley in Northern California’s wine country. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated from Dominican University with dual degrees in English and History, and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.  After the devastating fires of October 2017, she accepted her current position as Executive Director of Rebuild Northbay Foundation (RNBF), a long-term post-disaster organization dedicated to helping our region rebuild better, greener, safer, and faster. In this capacity, Jennifer has traveled across the country to share the innovative model of RNBF with colleagues and newly disaster-affected communities. Jennifer resides in Sonoma Valley with her husband, Douglas, children, and two rescue dogs, Buddy and GiGi, who have both randomly appeared in podcast cameos


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Jennifer Gray Thompson: Hi, my name is Jennifer Gray Thompson, and I am the CEO of After The Fire. Welcome to the podcast, How to Disaster, recover, rebuild and reimagine. In this podcast, we bring you the very best practices, best hearts and great ideas from other disaster affected communities. Thank you for joining us. 


“Anything worth doing is usually a collaborative effort, and this is true for the How to Disaster Podcast.” -Jennifer Thompson


So here we are at the end of Season 3, and I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you before we move into the next round of the How to DisasterPodcast. This has been a remarkable experience, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed our truly amazing guests. I always say I love doing this podcast because it gives me an opportunity to introduce you to all of these incredible people that I meet along the way. I also want to make sure that I’m very thankful to the people who work on this podcast. Anything worth doing is usually a collaborative effort, and this is the same that is true for the How to Disaster Podcast. 

First and foremost, I want to thank Kyle Burnett, our Executive Producer for the podcast, and he’s also a program associate in After The Fire. I want to thank Melissa Stone who is our Business Operations Manager, and she works with Kyle on this podcast. And then Leng and her team. This is definitely a group effort. Learning to do a podcast was not our first impulse in this work, but it’s turned out to be incredibly gratifying. I love it so much when I walk into a newly or mid-disaster community and I find out that they have been accessing this podcast and they’re using it in the way that it was intended, which is why begin at the beginning. Let’s all go through this together and why not listen to people who have all of these amazing different types of perspectives and experiences. 

I’ve been really pleased this season to bring to you experts like Zack Rosenburg, the co-founder of SBP, St. Bernard’s project based out of New Orleans. Trey Bearden who is amazing, who’s the CPO for ToolBank USA. We’ve brought you an artist to really amazing artists actually. Brian Fies who wrote a fire story after losing his own home in the Tubbs fire. We brought you Dr. Rina Faletti. We brought you such a whole host of people that I hope that you have learned a lot. We had Amy Simpkins from Power Flow. I don’t know anything about energy really or micro grids, and I really depend upon people with very specific knowledge to sort of walk me through all of the areas that are really critical in how we’re going to address climate change and these climate based disasters. I know that I’m leaving a lot of people out that we’ve interviewed, and I just want to really be very clear that I appreciate each and every person who has taken the time out of their jobs and out of their lives to spend an hour, an hour and a half with us, and to share their lessons with you. 


“Be safe, be prepared, and be ready.” -Jennifer Thompson


We also want to hear from you, and if you can think of something that you wish that we had covered that we haven’t covered, we can totally put that into Season 4. I’m really pleased that in Season 4, we’re bringing back Josh Farrell who is our citizen prepper. And we’re going to do a shorter episode to really talk about how to get ready for wildfire season, a lot of lessons there that are actually good for any kind of disaster. Speaking of other disasters, and thank you so much to Cherry Jochum and Michelle from BRACE for really coming to us from a wind and rain perspective out of Florida. Florida is one of the most practiced states in the country on how to do disasters. And Dr. Christa Lopez, like there’s been so many people that I’ve been incredibly proud to bring you and I’m looking forward to spending more time with you in Season 4.And once again, thank you for being a part of the How to Disaster Podcast. I also wanted to let you know that we’re going to take a break for several weeks so that we can actually attend to the wildfire season as it unfolds here in the American West. We look forward to Season 4 of the How to Disaster Podcast, we have some great guests coming up for you. In the meantime, you can certainly find older episodes and more of our content and services at You can find us on Twitter and LinkedIn, on all social media outlets. If you have anything that you’d like us to discuss, please feel free to reach out at [email protected]

In the meantime, be safe, be prepared and be ready. Thank you so much. 

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