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.
Margie Foster shares how her experience of a prior disaster helped her be an advocate for her community.Listen --->
Tune in as Jennifer and Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore share how to be a public official that the community needs in the midst of a disaster.Listen --->
Gerardo Castillo describes the process and scope of work they do in helping communities before, during, and after a disaster.Listen --->
Jennifer interviews Jenna Murray Johnson, Co-Founder of Camp Fire Zone Captains on the role of zone captains in fostering recovery in rural areas.Listen --->
Hurricane Maria, 2017- named “the worst natural disaster” and the “deadliest” in the history of Dominica, Saint Croix, and Puerto Rico.Listen --->
What makes leadership harder than it already is? Lorez Bailey gives us a glimpse of this unique mission and how it impacts recovery.Listen --->
Communication is a crucial factor in a successful recovery and rebuild project. But with all the chaos, communication is also the first defense to fail.Listen --->
Sue shares her research about the unwanted and subtle effects these events have on first responders while Bailey speaks about tools to help both first responders and citizens gain quick access to needed information.Listen --->