How to Disaster: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine.

Hosted by our Executive Director, Jennifer Gray Thompson, the podcast focuses on the stories of individuals from public, private and non-profit sectors that have encountered a disaster.

On the evening of October 8, 2017, eleven fires erupted across four counties: Lake, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino. These fires were “mega fires” and over the next 23 days, they grew, merged, and destroyed over 9,000 structures and over 6,000 homes and took 43 lives. The scale and scope of the disaster was unprecedented. The community was left stunned and yet determined to overcome, and to do it together. Since 2017, wildfire disasters have continued, year in and year out. Our new reality is shared across the state of California and most recently, the entire American West.

Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine. are three words chosen for their importance in a disaster. Recover, for the time after a disaster for communities to come together and start to heal; Rebuild, for the efforts to build back safer, greener, faster, stronger and prepared, and; Reimagine, to talk about what is possible if we let go of the idea that we can return to the day before the disaster, but instead look forward with hope, vision, and determination.

How to Navigate Insurance Before, During, and After a Disaster with Amy Bach Part 2

June 14, 2021

Jennifer and Amy talk about the coverage of insurance policy, the role of advocacy, laws, and opportunities in insurance, as well as money and equity issues.

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How to Navigate Insurance Before, During, and After a Disaster with Amy Bach Part 1

June 7, 2021

How do you know who to trust? In this episode, you will be empowered to successfully navigate the world of insurance with United Policyholders Founder, Amy Bach, Esq..

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How to Serve Vulnerable Communities with Alma Bowen

May 31, 2021

Tune in as Jennifer and Alma Bowen, the CEO and Founder of Nuestra Comunidad, discuss the best practices and most appropriate approaches to bring the culture of preparedness and resiliency into these communities.

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How to Manage Private Lands in the Era of Mega Fires with Algeo Che Casul

May 24, 2021

This week, we are going back to the past to discover how our ancestors protected their lands from fire. As a 7th generation landowner in Sonoma, Algeo Che Casul shares practical wisdom on land stewardship passed on to him by his great grandfathers.

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How to Protect and Serve During a Disaster with Aristotle Wolfe

May 17, 2021

“To Protect and To Serve” is more than a motto. It is a vow that every police officer must take seriously. Listen in as Jennifer and CHP officer Aristotle Wolfe walk you through the life of a police officer.

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How to Design and Implement a Mental Health Collaborative with Adrienne Heinz, PhD

May 10, 2021

Jennifer interviews Dr. Adrienne Heinz for an in-depth discussion about mental health, why it is important to address trauma as a community.

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How to Help Communities Prepare and Respond to Disaster with Nancy Brown, PhD

May 3, 2021

Nancy Brown talks about the role of the public sector in ensuring that their community is adequately prepared for a disaster.

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How to Broadcast Media: Radio with Pat Kerrigan

April 26, 2021

Pat Kerrigan spent 24 days on-air delivering urgent news and serving the community in every way she can during the 2017 wildfire.

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How to Lead a Community Post Disaster with Margie Foster

April 19, 2021

Margie Foster shares how her experience of a prior disaster helped her be an advocate for her community.

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