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This podcast is for those who have experienced disaster or want to build in resiliency prior to a disaster. No community should begin at the beginning. Host Jennifer Gray Thompson, Executive Director of After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine., interviews disaster professionals, community members, emergent leaders, and ordinary, yet extraordinary people who bring lessons, strategies, mistakes, triumphs, and humanity forward to help you recover, rebuild, and reimagine.

How to Disaster JENNIFER GRAY THOMPSON

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This podcast is for those who have experienced disaster or want to build in resiliency prior to a disaster. No community should begin at the beginning. Host Jennifer Gray Thompson, Executive Director of After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine., interviews disaster professionals, community members, emergent leaders, and ordinary, yet extraordinary people who bring lessons, strategies, mistakes, triumphs, and humanity forward to help you recover, rebuild, and reimagine.

    002: How to Improve Community Resilience and Preparedness with Michelle Luckett

    002: How to Improve Community Resilience and Preparedness with Michelle Luckett

     “The significance of the average person understanding the consequence of what's coming is huge.” -Michelle Luckett
     
    Episode Description: 
    Every community is unique. It's not just about the geography or demographic, but also the way a community responds to a disaster. So it's important that we take the time to assess our community's resilience.
     
    Community resilience is about bringing together all of the resources and people in our neighborhood to make sure that everyone has what they need to survive in the case of a disaster. As part of this, it's important to make sure that we, ourselves,  are prepared for any kind of emergency, and that everyone in the community is, too— down to the most vulnerable ones. 
     
    In this episode, Jennifer interviews Michelle Luckett, the CEO of Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies/ BRACE. Michelle answers the question, what do we rebuild first— businesses or residences? She also shares practical steps that small businesses and ordinary citizens can do to prepare for compound disasters and strengthen their resiliency, and the secret to staying in the resiliency and recovery space long-term.
     
    In order to initiate recovery, most people require assistance. However, in a disaster, it’s a challenge to qualify for one. And even if we do, it will probably take a long time before we get our hands on it. This can be discouraging, especially if we’ve lost both our homes and our jobs— that sense of loss that drives many to hopelessness. Listen in as Michelle shares a less known provision that displaced workers can take advantage of and what to do to qualify for it. 



    Connect with After The Fire USA: 
    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebuildNorthBay/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/atf3r
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ



    Highlights:
    03:45: BRACE and Its Focus Goals
    14:52: How Small Businesses Can Prepare for a Disaster
    22:21: A Provision for Displaced Workers
    29:31: What to Rebuild First— Business or Residence
    36:27: Dealing with Compound Disasters
    39:18: How to Build Community Resilience
    44:35: How to Approach the Next Decade
    52:11: Mental Health for First Responders

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    001: Welcome to the FOURTH Season of HTD

    001: Welcome to the FOURTH Season of HTD

    “There’s no place on the globe that is safe from climate-based disasters. So. it’s all of our jobs to not engage in magical thinking at all, but instead to lean all of the ways in to figure out how we are going to get to the other side  and when the worst happens, how we recover, rebuild, and reimagine.” -Jennifer Thompson
     
    Episode Description: 
    Welcome to the FOURTH season of How to Disaster Podcast!
    We are truly humbled by everyone’s support throughout the past three seasons. We have been blown away by your enthusiasm for this mission and how you've stuck with us from the beginning. You are our inspiration behind what we do. We appreciate you very much!
    This season, we’re excited to bring you inspiring stories from the front lines, new perspectives, and more conversations with experts and community members about what it means to recover, rebuild, and reimagine after a wildfire. We’ll also hear how wildfire recovery is evolving and how we can work together to protect people and property in the face of a wildfire.
    We hope you continue listening, sharing, and supporting the podcast. We’re always looking for ways to grow so please let us know what you think, and we’ll keep listening for your feedback.  We hope you enjoy this season as much as the past ones.                                        
    We look forward to sharing this new season with you!
     
    You can find all of our episodes conveniently located on our YouTube Channel. Below are the links to each season: 
     
    Season One: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGiVHREZs3hRazzvZw5-5TNp34f9yEbdq
     
    Season Two: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGiVHREZs3hRaoPtRnNOkf6Qz0TQnj7n6
     
    Season Three:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AURoOcmEwvk&list=PLGiVHREZs3hTQujvz8vgNTCjXE1MMMvRv 
     
    Take 5’s: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTGlo3O84sg&list=PLGiVHREZs3hTHIUEp1OGHfh9zr6D2V9GY 
     
    Find us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6qf4grpRpMbegzl56vM4fM?si=CeHOPe8nSumMahhIexJKkA&dl_branch=1
     
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    https://howtodisaster.libsyn.com



    Highlights:
    00:32 Thank You! 
    01:22 A Glorious Privilege
    02:18 A Wonderful Couple of Years

    • 3 min
    What We Learned in Season 3

    What We Learned in Season 3

    “Be safe, be prepared, and be ready.” -Jennifer Thompson
     
    Episode Description: 
    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: 
     
    Season One: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGiVHREZs3hRazzvZw5-5TNp34f9yEbdq
     
    Season Two: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGiVHREZs3hRaoPtRnNOkf6Qz0TQnj7n6
     
    Season Three:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AURoOcmEwvk&list=PLGiVHREZs3hTQujvz8vgNTCjXE1MMMvRv 
     
    Take 5’s: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTGlo3O84sg&list=PLGiVHREZs3hTHIUEp1OGHfh9zr6D2V9GY 
     
    Find us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6qf4grpRpMbegzl56vM4fM?si=CeHOPe8nSumMahhIexJKkA&dl_branch=1
     
    Find us on Our Libsyn Distribution Portal:
    https://howtodisaster.libsyn.com



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

    • 4 min
    How to Prepare for Disaster: Our Pets, Livestock, and Animal Companions with Julie Atwood

    How to Prepare for Disaster: Our Pets, Livestock, and Animal Companions with Julie Atwood

    “For every animal we rescue during an incident, we are all together going to save hundreds and thousands through education and preparedness.” -Julie Atwood
     
    Episode Description: 
    When an emergency strikes, we all want to do our best to take care of each other and our homes. But sometimes, the victims of a disaster are not humans—they're our beloved animals. 
     
    Our pets, livestock, and animal companions are part of our family, and losing them in a disaster is painfully devastating. But in an emergency, it can be hard to keep track of what's happening and what you need to do. There is no time for anything during a wildfire. We may only have minutes to get out of the house and into safety before the fire engulfs it completely. 
     
    So, how can we make sure that our animal companions are taken care of during a disaster?
     
    In this episode, Jennifer sits with Horses and Livestock Team Emergency Rescue/HALTER Project founder, Julie Atwood. Julie started the HALTER Project in 2013 to provide local communities across the US with the resources they need to ensure the welfare of their animals during emergencies. 
     
    Listen in as Jennifer and Julie share how to determine what we need and how much we need in terms of food, water, medication, sanitation, and documentation— both for us and our pets, how to plan for evacuation with our animals during the pandemic, and how to ensure the safety of our animals if we have no choice but to leave them during evacuation. They also discuss why we should set multiple plans in place in case of an emergency, how to failsafe everything in a disaster, and how to prepare for communication fails. 
     
     
    Connect with After The Fire USA: 
    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebuildNorthBay/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/erTheFireUSA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/atf3r
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ



    Highlights:
    02:27: When There’s Nowhere to Go
    11:17: Why Have Multiple Plans in Place
    24:26: What You Need and How Much You Need  
    32:02: Evacuating with Your Animals During a Pandemic
    36:49: Taking Care of Your Livestock and Large Animals
    49:14: Preparing for Communication Fails
    57:50: Know the Warning Signs
    01:07:20: The Odin Story

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    022: How Buildings with LEED and PEER Certification Make us More Resilient to Disaster with Hon. Katherine Hammack

    022: How Buildings with LEED and PEER Certification Make us More Resilient to Disaster with Hon. Katherine Hammack

    “Doing it now at your leisure is much better than doing it at haste during an emergency.” -Katherine Hammack
     
    Episode Description: 
    In disaster preparedness, the need for resilient buildings is often overlooked. Resilient buildings are those that can withstand the effects of a disaster and continue to function as needed. They include things like emergency communication systems and energy efficiency measures that ensure that utilities aren't compromised by damage. By taking steps now to make our buildings more resilient before disaster strikes, we'll be better equipped when it does hit—and that can make all the difference between staying safe or not.
     
    And when it comes to resilience, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) certifications are some of the most important building standards in existence today—and they're gaining traction fast. LEED is a globally recognized rating system that provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, while PEER is the world’s first certification program that measures and improves power system performance and electricity infrastructure. 
     
    These certifications indicate that our buildings are safer, more energy efficient, more reliable, and more innovative than conventional buildings. It means less strain on the environment, more security to people, and less building cost! In addition, when a disaster strikes, we won't have to worry about whether or not our buildings will be able to handle it. These certifications are proof that we understand how the building industry fits into our world—and how it can help us make sure we're all prepared for whatever comes our way.
     
    Listen in as Jennifer and Hon. Katherine Hammack, the Senior Director of Green Building Council Inc. (GCBI) discuss more about these certifications and how they can help us be more resilient in the era of mega disasters. 



     
    Connect with After The Fire USA: 
    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebuildNorthBay/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/atf3r
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ



    Highlights:
    02:03: GBCI and Its Role in Sustainable Building
    07:42: Sustainable Building vs Unsustainable Building
    10:41: How CLT Wood is Making a Difference
    17:12: Go Above Building Codes
    21:06: The True Cost of Unsustainable Building  
    26:43: Rebuilding After a Disaster with the LEED and PEER  Standard
    29:03: Microgrids Contribute to Resilience
    34:16: Build Back Better
    40:27: Adapting to Disaster
    44:00: NOW is Better than LATER

    • 46 min
    Take 5 - After the Hurricane - Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Florida

    Take 5 - After the Hurricane - Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Florida

    Links are provided where to find all three guests’ organizational or personal affiliations below:
     
    Connect with: Viequeslove: 
    Website: https://viequeslove.org/ 
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/viequeslove 
    Twitter; https://twitter.com/viequeslove 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vieques_love/ 
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/viequeslove 
      
    Connect with Christa: 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christasandelierlopez/ 
     
    Connect with George:
    Website: https://mirsoniagroup.com/ 
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LawsPR51 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-laws-garcia/ 
     
     
    “In five days, we had over $500,000, and it was just an incredible show of love for Vieques.” -Kelly Thompson
     
    “Take the time when there is not a disaster to adjust from the lessons learned and to use these resources that are being put out there to build resiliency.” -Mark Martin Bras
     
    “I'm always updating what's in my house and what my house looks like for insurance purposes. Most people have a smartphone so you can do it.” -Christa López Ph.D., CEM
     
    “That inequality that happens under colonialism creates a structural vulnerability that becomes exacerbated and highlighted.” -George Laws Garcia 



    Episode Description: 
    We often talk about wildfires here at After the Fire. But in this episode, we are going deep into the extreme opposite of the spectrum, hurricane— a type of disaster that is equally deserving of our attention.
    A hurricane or tropical cyclone is a type of storm that generally develops in tropical regions and has a brewing center below the surface of the ocean. Hurricanes are most common in the summer and fall.
    And when the hurricane season approaches, it's hard to not feel a sense of threat and dread. Whether you are a recent storm victim or looking to be prepared for future hurricanes, this episode is for you! 
    Our guests share steps to ensure that you have the resources you need to prepare and recover from this disaster. Here from Viequeslove’s Co-Founder Mark Martin Bras and Executive Director Kelly Thompson, Chief of Staff for Community Development and Revitalization for the Texas General Land Office Dr. Christa López, and Mirsonia Group’s Executive Director, George Laws Garcia.
     
    Connect with After The Fire USA: 
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    Highlights:
    01:32: How to Face Disaster on an Island (Hurricane Maria)  with Kelly Thompson and Martin Bras 
    05:19: How to Serve Communities Pre and Post Disaster with Christa López PhD CEM
    09:43: How to Bridge the Gap Between Federal and Local Policy with George Laws Garcia 

    • 16 min

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