Podcasts

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 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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How to Lead: Public Sector (Local) with James Gore

April 12, 2021

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.

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How to Execute a Successful Disaster Response with Gerardo Castillo

April 5, 2021

Gerardo Castillo describes the process and scope of work they do in helping communities before, during, and after a disaster.

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How to Zone Captain: Rural Area with Jenna Murray Johnson

March 29, 2021

Jennifer interviews Jenna Murray Johnson, Co-Founder of Camp Fire Zone Captains on the role of zone captains in fostering recovery in rural areas.

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How to Face Disaster on an Island (Hurricane Maria) with Kelly Thompson and Martin Bras

March 22, 2021

Hurricane Maria, 2017- named “the worst natural disaster” and the “deadliest” in the history of Dominica, Saint Croix, and Puerto Rico.

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How to Heal Through Art with Peter Alan

March 8, 2021

In this episode, we learn how art can be used in recovery as Jennifer speaks with Peter Alan, a Visual/conceptual mixed-media artist.

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How to Lead During a Disaster & Racial Reckoning with Lorez Bailey

March 8, 2021

What makes leadership harder than it already is? Lorez Bailey gives us a glimpse of this unique mission and how it impacts recovery.

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How to Advocate: Public Sector (Local) with Belia Ramos

March 8, 2021

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.

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How to Help the Helpers (First Responders) with Sue Farren and Bailey Farren

March 8, 2021

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.

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