• Summary

  • 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.
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  • 20: How to Heal from Trauma and Rebuild Your Property After a Fire- Practical Lessons from a Woolsey Fire Survivor with Gary Jones Part 1

    Sep 20 2021

    “Fire never has enough. It has an insatiable appetite.” -Gary Jones 

     

    Episode Description: 

    “911 showed up six days later”, says Gary Jones, a Woolsey Fire survivor. During a fire, you are on your own for days. So one of the biggest decisions we can make during a fire is to heed warnings immediately. On November 8, 2018, a bush fire was reported in Ventura County, California. The powerful Santa Ana winds caused this fire to accelerate and spread out. Gary ignored prior calls for evacuation, and this was one of the most regretful decisions he has made. He lost his property, three of his dogs, and nearly lost his life. In this episode, Gary relates the events of that terrifying day three years ago, and practical lessons he learned on heeding warnings as promptly as possible. Tune in as Jennifer and Gary engage you in a heart-wrenching conversation about being a fire survivor. 

     

     

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    Highlights:

    00:36: The Woolsey Fire

    06:08: Running Away From a Fast Raging Fire

    11:40: Seeking for a Refuge

    15:50: The Lenght of Recovery 

    20:47: Fire and Its Insatiable Appetite

    23:38: Who Will Take Responsibility? 

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    29 mins
  • 019: How to Address Wildfire Risks and Insurance with Indigenous Practices and Community-Wide Preventative Responses with Wendy E. Nystrom

    Sep 13 2021

    “We have much worse wildfires due to everything that climate change has caused. We need to have a forward-thinking conversation, not a reactionary one.” -Wendy Nystrom

     

    Episode Description: 

    We are living in a major historical event- climate change. And the best mechanism we have to combat this is community. By working together, we can overcome unprecedented events. Learn how your community can reduce the cost of preventive and mitigation measures while strengthening resiliency. In this episode, Jennifer interviews Wendy Nystrom, an expert on environmental and pollution risk management. One challenge faced by fire survivors is the lack of proper insurance. It is a lengthy and tricky process that sometimes causes more loss rather than support. Jennifer and Wendy address the pressing issue we face on insurance coverage, policies, fraud, climate change, giving more value to indigenous practices, and making the best use of the technology we have at hand. Wildfires will be a part of our life for the years ahead, but we can learn to live with them and craft sustainable strategies as a community. Beware of “predators”, and save your community from cost, trauma, and grief. We all have a role and a responsibility in this. If you’re wondering where to best start, tune in and find your match with this new “tinder” for fuel mitigation. 



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    Highlights:

    02:19: Insurance, Wildfires, and Loses

    11:20: A Time For Action

    17:53: A Tinder for Fuel Mitigation 

    21:10: Down the Cost Up the Resiliency

    29:32: Save Your Community from Cost, Grief, and Trauma 

    38:08: Beware of “Predators”

    45:11: Unprecedented Over Unprecedented Events

    50:54: Think Beyond

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    57 mins
  • 018: How Equity Can be Enhanced in Sustainability and Disaster Preparedness with Amy Simpkins

    Sep 6 2021

    “A fundamental principle of innovation is that if you want more diversity of ideas and possibilities, you need to have more diverse brains in the room. That's not a diminishment of anyone. In fact, that's an elevation of everyone.”  -Amy Simpkins

     

    Episode Description: 

    Electricity is probably one of the most significant achievements of all time. The biggest industries down to individual residences all rely upon electricity for almost everything. But what if power grids suddenly fail? With the traditional grids getting outdated and less inefficient, this is likely to happen IF interventions keep being delayed. About ⅓ of energy is delivered to end-users; the greater fraction goes to waste. Moreover, outdated traditional grids continue to pose security, safety, and equity issues. How? In this episode, Jennifer sits with MuGrid Analytics CEO, Amy Simpkins to uncover this overlooked problem we have today.  Jennifer and Amy talk about the advantages of shifting from large centralized power plants that we use today to localized, distributed energy using microgrids. Learn how communities can maximize resiliency, advocate for energy equity, and ensure safety and security. The world needs a new way to define sustainability and renewable energy. Tune in and discover effective ways to pattern resilience metrics as Amy shares how to solve wicked problems with math and modeling!



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    Highlights:

    02:52: Microgrid- Definition and Benefits

    06:35: The Danger of Traditional Grids 

    14:55: How to Increase Resiliency 

    17:52 Security Issues and the Political Landscape

    23:42: Modeling Resilience Metrics

    30:43: Energy Equity and Environmental Issues

    35:11: The Advantages of CHP-Based Solution

    41:46: Evolve with the New Energy Economy

    43:38: Women Power

    50:00: Define Resilience in Your Own Life

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    55 mins

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