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Welcome to "How to Disaster," the ultimate podcast for navigating the challenges of climate-based disasters, the defining crisis of our generation. With the increasing frequency and severity of these calamities, it's not a matter of if, but when you'll be affected. Whether you're a disaster survivor or seeking proactive strategies, this podcast is your beacon of hope.

In each episode, we delve into the profound stories and lessons from those who have triumphed over adversity. Hosted by the CEO of After the Fire USA & #Forbes 50 over 50 Impact leader (2022) Jennifer Gray Thompson, this podcast focuses on the stories of individuals from public, private and non-profit sectors that have encountered a disaster.

Join us as we bring you the most compelling insights, innovative solutions, and best practices to equip you with the tools to face any disaster head-on.
Recognized by top leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector, "How to Disaster" is the go-to podcast for those seeking a 360-degree view of disaster management. From gripping survivor accounts to exclusive interviews with experts, each episode offers a unique perspective that transcends conventional thinking.

Gain invaluable knowledge as we explore groundbreaking strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and sustainable approaches to disaster resilience. Our mission is to empower you with actionable steps to safeguard yourself, your community, and the planet. Together, we can shape a more resilient future.

Don't miss out on the transformative insights of "How to Disaster." Subscribe now to unlock the secrets of overcoming disaster and ensure you're prepared for whatever lies ahead. Together, we can turn the tide of catastrophe into a beacon of hope.

Listen to "How to Disaster" on Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Listen, and all other major platforms and discover a new era of resilience.

Keywords: climate-based disasters, global problem, hope, resilience, strategies, innovations, best practices, top leaders, government, business, nonprofit sector, survivor stories, 360-degree view, actionable steps, safeguard, resilient future.

How to Disaster JENNIFER GRAY THOMPSON

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Welcome to "How to Disaster," the ultimate podcast for navigating the challenges of climate-based disasters, the defining crisis of our generation. With the increasing frequency and severity of these calamities, it's not a matter of if, but when you'll be affected. Whether you're a disaster survivor or seeking proactive strategies, this podcast is your beacon of hope.

In each episode, we delve into the profound stories and lessons from those who have triumphed over adversity. Hosted by the CEO of After the Fire USA & #Forbes 50 over 50 Impact leader (2022) Jennifer Gray Thompson, this podcast focuses on the stories of individuals from public, private and non-profit sectors that have encountered a disaster.

Join us as we bring you the most compelling insights, innovative solutions, and best practices to equip you with the tools to face any disaster head-on.
Recognized by top leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector, "How to Disaster" is the go-to podcast for those seeking a 360-degree view of disaster management. From gripping survivor accounts to exclusive interviews with experts, each episode offers a unique perspective that transcends conventional thinking.

Gain invaluable knowledge as we explore groundbreaking strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and sustainable approaches to disaster resilience. Our mission is to empower you with actionable steps to safeguard yourself, your community, and the planet. Together, we can shape a more resilient future.

Don't miss out on the transformative insights of "How to Disaster." Subscribe now to unlock the secrets of overcoming disaster and ensure you're prepared for whatever lies ahead. Together, we can turn the tide of catastrophe into a beacon of hope.

Listen to "How to Disaster" on Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Listen, and all other major platforms and discover a new era of resilience.

Keywords: climate-based disasters, global problem, hope, resilience, strategies, innovations, best practices, top leaders, government, business, nonprofit sector, survivor stories, 360-degree view, actionable steps, safeguard, resilient future.

    017 Encore: Emergent Leadership: The Power of Community in Disaster Recovery and Rehousing Efforts with Margie Foster

    017 Encore: Emergent Leadership: The Power of Community in Disaster Recovery and Rehousing Efforts with Margie Foster

    “Don't expect to go through it yourself. People will want to help, ask for it. And then when you get through your disaster, pay it forward.” -Margie Foster
     
    Episode Description: 
    When catastrophe strikes, it falls to ordinary citizens to come together, support each other, and lead the recovery efforts from the ground up.  And in these moments, they also discover inner strength and resilience within themselves and their community. By banding together through difficult times, they can help rebuild and renew their town stronger than before.
    Margie Foster, a longtime resident of Glen Ellen, shares her first-hand experience of evacuating from the Tubbs Fire and the emotional toll it took on her tight-knit community. She discusses the frustration of the slow rebuilding process in the first year, the challenges of mitigating fire-damaged land, how she helped coordinate a local rehousing initiative and secure funding to support fire survivors. 
    Join in as Jennifer and Margie reflect on the importance of “neighbor helping neighbor” in times of crisis and valuable lessons on community preparedness, the emotional toll of disaster, and innovative ways citizens can lead recovery efforts through connectivity and grassroots organization. 
     
    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:
    03:59 Surviving the Devastating Fire
    10:22 Disaster Preparedness and Community Response
    17:57 Rehousing Initiatives
    23:08 Disaster Relief Efforts and Community Resilience
    29:09 Rebuilding Challenges
    33:04 Recovery and Emergent Leadership
     

    • 39 min
    016 Encore: Prepared Citizen, Prepared Community— Checklist of Essential Supplies to Extend Your Impact with Joshua Farrell (PART 2)

    016 Encore: Prepared Citizen, Prepared Community— Checklist of Essential Supplies to Extend Your Impact with Joshua Farrell (PART 2)

    "Be prepared so you can help, because everyone needs everybody in this situation." -Joshua Farrell
     
    Preparation isn't just about survival— it's about having the capacity to help others. Our ability to lend a hand can significantly ease the burden and contribute to a faster recovery for the entire community. 
    In the previous episode, we covered the basics of individual disaster preparedness with citizen prepper, Josh Farrell. This week, Josh continues unpacking the contents of his go bag, sharing additional items that can help us transition from basic preparedness to a more proactive role.
    Stay tuned as Jennifer and Josh cover communication and respiration needs to stay connected when infrastructure fails, rations and essentials to keep us fueled until assistance arrives, building necessities that allow innovative solutions in dire straits, pets necessities to reduce their anxiety during disaster, clothing, disinfection, and navigation supplies to keep us healthy on the move, and power supplies to ensure we can keep our lines open to coordinate relief efforts.
     
    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:
    02:06 Check #1- Communication and Respiration
    07:41 Check #2- Rations and Essentials 
    17:38 Check #3- Building Necessities
    23:20 Check #4- Shelter and Pets and Sunblock?
    39:44 Check #5-Clothing, Disinfection, and Navigation
    36:07 How Heavy? 
    39:16 Check #6- Power Supply
    43:04 Prepared to Help 
     

    • 49 min
    015 Encore: Prepared Citizen, Prepared Community— Checklist of Essentials for Your Go-Bag with Josh Farrell (Part 1)

    015 Encore: Prepared Citizen, Prepared Community— Checklist of Essentials for Your Go-Bag with Josh Farrell (Part 1)

    “If you're prepared, you're not freaking out, you're taken care of, and you can help other people.” -Joshua Farrell
     
    Being prepared for disaster is crucial for citizens and communities alike. When emergencies like wildfires or other natural hazards strike, they can overwhelm local response efforts and leave many residents vulnerable in the aftermath. However, with some basic preparation at an individual level, people can significantly improve their resilience and ability to weather crises. 
    In this two-part podcast series, Jennifer interviews her friend, Josh Farrell, about his experiences with the devastating 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County, California, and how it prompted him to become more prepared for emergencies as a citizen.
    In part one, Josh shares his harrowing experience evacuating his elderly mother from the rapidly advancing wildfires. He recounts the chaotic scenes upon returning to find the town without power or resources. This personal encounter was the catalyst for Josh to seriously focus on disaster readiness.
    Listen in as Jennifer and Josh talk about the importance of promptly heeding evacuation orders, must-haves in a go-bag, ways to ensure that necessary documents are accessible, how to maintain preparedness, and how even small steps at an individual level can boost community resilience in the face of catastrophe.
     
    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:
    03:34 Fire Evacuation and Preparedness
    07:39 The Impact of Wildfire 
    11:07 Firefighting Efforts
    14:52 How to Prep
    19:03 Emergency Response Strategies
    23:55 What to Have In Your Go Bag
    32:51 Other Essentials
     

    • 35 min
    014 Encore: How to Lighten the Load for Those Who Bear It with Sue Farren and Bailey Farren

    014 Encore: How to Lighten the Load for Those Who Bear It with Sue Farren and Bailey Farren

     “Don't isolate first responders by making them into heroes. The greatest thing that anyone can do is just say, ‘thank you for your service.’” -Susan Farren
     
    “We owe it to our first responders to do whatever we can to help make their jobs easier.” -Bailey Farren



    Episode Description: 
    Our first responders and healthcare workers sacrifice so much to care for our communities during times of crisis. They put their own health and safety at risk on a daily basis to save lives. However, the trauma and stress of responding to disaster after disaster take a tremendous toll. Thus, we must find ways to support their well-being. Truly, our first responders deserve nothing less for their selfless service. 
     
    In this episode, Jennifer interviews two outstanding pioneers in this field, Susan Farren, Founder of First Responders Resiliency, a nonprofit organization that provides proactive training to help mitigate the effects of trauma and stress for first responders, and Bailey Farren, CEO and co-founder of Perimeter, a map-based platform to provide real-time situational information to first responders and citizens. With over 33 years of experience as a paramedic, Sue was inspired to start First Responders Resiliency after being diagnosed with kidney cancer and learning about the health impacts experienced by many in the first responder community. On the other hand, Bailey was motivated to start Perimeter after seeing how first responders and those affected lacked access to up-to-date information.
    Join in as Jennifer, Sue, and Bailey dive deep into the increasing toll that responding to massive, fast-moving wildfires is taking on first responders' mental and physical health. They also highlight ways to create innovative solutions to support first responders, the challenges of funding organizations in this space, scaling technology to reach more communities, and valuable insights into how communities can better partner with and care for the public servants risking their lives every day to keep us safe.



    Connect with After The Fire USA:  
    Website : https://afterthefireusa.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/after-the-fire-usa-8241b7217/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ
     
    Highlights:
    01:17 Different but Effective Ways to Help the Helpers
    09:38 Improving Disaster Response Through Geospatial Mapping
    12:29 First Responders Mental Health
    16:07 Fire Safety and Tech to Reduce Anxiety for First Responders
    24:40 Funding Challenges
    32:20 Showing Support and Gratitude
    40:14 Community Preparedness for Disasters
    43:07 Resiliency Centers for First Responders
     

    • 46 min
    013 Encore: How Unexpected Moments Can Reveal Your Inner Leader with Jocksana Corona

    013 Encore: How Unexpected Moments Can Reveal Your Inner Leader with Jocksana Corona

    “Being a volunteer is a privilege…  I wasn't documented so I volunteered a lot. And that volunteer work led many doors to be opened up for me.” -Jocksana Corona
     
    Episode Description: 
    When disaster strikes a community, ordinary people frequently discover an inner strength and sense of purpose they never knew they possessed. Driven by a desire to help their neighbors through difficult circumstances, emergent leaders step forward to direct rescue efforts, organize relief supplies, provide calm guidance, and more. Though they may lack formal titles or training, these individuals understand that leadership isn't defined by a position, but rather by one's willingness to serve others in their hours of greatest need. 
    Jocksana Corona exemplified what it means to be an emergent leader, rising to the forefront of her community's response and recovery efforts following the devastating Alameda Fire in Southern Oregon. Through empathy, initiative, and an unwavering commitment to helping others, she made a profound difference for many families during an incredibly challenging time.
    Tune in as Jocksana discusses the obstacles faced by mixed-status families in navigating recovery systems not designed with their needs in mind, the emotional toll of loss, and the strength and resilience required in supporting others in the face devastation. 
     
    Connect with After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine.
    Website : https://afterthefireusa.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/after-the-fire-usa-8241b7217/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ



    Highlights:
    01:28 When the Reg Flag Stands
    16:46 Stuck In Between Two Fires
    21:53 A Tearful, Sleepless Night
    25:40 Finding Shelter Amidst COVID 
    30:44 Being a Volunteer is a Privilege
    41:19 The Beauty of a Community 
    45:53 Challenges Faced by the Undocumented Community
    56:39Housing and Undocumented Communities
    01:03:16 54 Days and Reunited
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    012 Encore: How to Rebuild as a Public Sector Official with Tennis Wick

    012 Encore: How to Rebuild as a Public Sector Official with Tennis Wick

    “You're in that place where disaster hasn't hit you, but you know it’s coming. Start training now.” -Tennis Wick
     
    Episode Description: 
    In the aftermath of the devastating 2017 wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes in Sonoma County, Tennis Wick found himself at the center of recovery efforts as the director of Permit Sonoma. 
    This interview explores how to effectively navigate the dual roles of public servant and fire survivor in the crucial period after the fires. Listen in as Tennis details the immense challenges of the initial disaster phase from managing emergency response operations around the clock to setting up a local assistance center where displaced residents could access vital services. 
    Jennifer and Tennis also discuss how Permit Sonoma adapted its processes to better serve overwhelmed homeowners seeking permits with a commitment to rapid five-day turnarounds, creative problem-solving through the block captain system and leveraging community relationships, and lessons learned about the importance of mitigation and managing wildfire risk proactively. 



    Connect with After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine.
    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/after-the-fire-usa-8241b7217/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ



    Highlights:
    02:11: On the Disaster Frontline
    11:15: Meeting the Needs
    16:04: How to Approach Rebuild Projects 
    20:35 The Role of a Block Captain
    25:15 The Problem with Contractor Fraud
    30:19 Be Disaster Smart 
    36:51 Risk Mitigation is a Collective Effort
    42:31 How Helpers Can Help Themselves

    • 48 min

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