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41 episodes
  • 023: What We Learned from Season(s) [One &] Two of the How to Disaster Podcast

    Oct 18 2021

    “You are not alone if you’re going through a disaster. What we share is humanity.”  -Jennifer Gray Thompson

     

    Episode Description: 

    Two seasons have passed since you walked this journey with us on How to Disaster. As we close the season and welcome another, we want to express our eternal gratitude to you for the support and love you’ve shown for the show. 

     

    In this episode, Jennifer sums up heartwarming lessons we’ve learned about humanity, disaster, and community. May these lessons inculcate in our hearts that we are not alone- we never are and we will never be. 

     

    You can find all of our episodes conveniently located on our YouTube Channel page, or below in the following links to each season. Season Three will begin in 2022, and we’re looking forward to bringing you many more professionals who have experience in the disaster response, recovery, community engagement, philanthropy, and public health sectors. 

     

    Thank you again!



    Season One: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGiVHREZs3hRazzvZw5-5TNp34f9yEbdq

     

    Season Two: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGiVHREZs3hRaoPtRnNOkf6Qz0TQnj7n6

     

    Find us on Spotify or at our distribution portal

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    Highlights:

    00:37 The Story Behind How to Disaster

    03:15 Show Up for Humanity 

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    6 mins
  • 022: How to Heal from Trauma and Rebuild Your Property After a Fire- Practical Lessons from a Woolsey Fire Survivor with Gary Jones Part 2

    Oct 4 2021

    “When the call for evacuation comes, take it seriously. When the fire is coming at you, you don't have any time.” -Gary Jones

     

    Episode Description: 

    “All the big decisions in life are before you”, says Gary Jones, a Woolsey Fire survivor. We have heard Gary’s story in part 1 of this interview. This week, Jennifer and Gary  discuss practical lessons on survival, healing, and positivity. Tune in as Jennifer and Gary engage you in an insightful and fun conversation about the levers of recovery, rules and tips on rebuilding your property, and simple strategies for easier claiming of insurance. Most importantly, Gary shares how he was able to look at the positive side of things. A fire brings change and from that change comes the opportunity to make things better, acquire new things we can value, and create new memories we can fondly look back to. 

     

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    Highlights:

    03:18: What’s It Feel Like Losing Everything? 

    06:20: Document Everything 

    10:20: Dealing with the Trauma 

    19:49: Fire Can Be Beautiful

    24:13: Fire Mitigation  

    27:27: Take Warnings Seriously

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    32 mins
  • 021: How to Help Firefighters (Volunteer Firefighters Specifically) with Jacqui Jorgenson

    Sep 27 2021

    “Let the timing flow, be open to finding your space. There is a room for everyone and a need for everyone to participate. We're at a critical point in human evolution where we don't have the luxury of waiting for everyone else to solve the problems. We have to do this together.” -Jacqui Jorgenson

     

    Episode Description: 

    Majority of firefighters are volunteers. However, after risking their lives, they end up suffering behind the curtain- physically and emotionally. The trauma and health implications they have to go through go unnoticed. Compared to the level of work they do, the system owes them the respect, recognition, and assistance they deserve. This gap in the response system is an overlooked crisis that must be addressed if we are to move forward together. 

     

    In this episode, Jennifer sits with Volunteer Fire Foundation CEO and Founder, Jacqui Jorgenson. Jennifer and Jacqui discuss the lack of support experienced by volunteer firefighters, the disparities in resources and funding between fire agencies, the deeper unmet needs they have to endure, and the negative effects of heroification. When we are in our darkest moments, volunteer first-responders come to our rescue without hesitation. Certainly, they deserve more than getting paid in gratitude. Tune in as Jacqui shares how you can take part in helping the helpers remain safe, healthy, and sane



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    Highlights:

    02:03: Stepping Into Something New

    05:33: Who are the Volunteer Firefighters

    11:50: The Percentage of Volunteer Firefighters

    16:25: Unmet Needs 

    25:27: Firefighters and Their Health

    33:10: Be Careful Not to Push Them in Isolation

    37:23: Stop Paying in Gratitude

    43:09: Grant Scenarios 

    47:38: Support Volunteer Fire Foundation

    56:13: We Have to Do This Together!

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    1 hr and 3 mins
  • 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
  • 017: How to Bridge the Gap Between Federal and Local Policy with George Laws Garcia

    Aug 30 2021

     “After every disaster, communities need to be rebuilt, but it shouldn't just be the powers from above that decide how that happens. There should be a participatory process for people to engage and reassess.” -George Laws Garcia

     

    Episode Description: 

    What happens when politics enters into the disaster space? It depends on the community you ask, and for Puerto Rico, it’s an unfair battle. For 123 years, Puerto Rico has been a territory of the US, yet is treated differently in Congress. This presents a huge challenge during a disaster. When Hurricane Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, they had to rely on other states to do the advocacy work since they do not have representatives in the Congress. Puerto Rico has faced and continues to face injustices in the system, but they are learning how to navigate politics and disaster as a community. 

    Led by George Laws Garcia, Mirsonia Group helps their clients develop innovative and effective public policies. George is a bold advocate for Puerto Rico, especially in terms of legislative matters.  In this episode, George helps us navigate political aspects of managing natural disaster emergencies. Jennifer and George recount their own stories and observations about the government and federal laws, leadership during a disaster, biases and inequalities in resource allocation and action, flexibility in rebuilding, boosting resiliency and capacity, and investing in sustainable recovery. Be the author of your own resiliency story. Stay tuned until the end to hear three realistic and practical ways we can do to bridge the gap in public policies and disaster recovery. 



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    55 mins
  • 016: How to Provide Legal Aid to Disaster Survivors with Kendall Jarvis, Esq.

    Aug 23 2021

    “Advocate for yourself as best as you can in terms of knowing what your rights are.  There's this element where you lack confidence as a survivor, you think that that person knows more than you do and that's not true.” -Kendall Jarvis Esq. 

     

    Episode Description: 

    After a disaster, people go through two of the most complicated recovery issues at the same time: trauma and legal. It is almost impossible to make a sound judgment regarding financial matters amidst a traumatic event. And it's terrifying to make these decisions knowing criminals and exploiters are waiting to take advantage of your vulnerability. This week, Jennifer brings Kendall Jarvis, Esq. on the show to talk about helping disaster survivors and vulnerable communities receive the legal aid they deserve. As the Lead Disaster Attorney for Sonoma, Kendall has seen countless inequities, injustices, and unmet needs among survivors. In this episode, Kendal brings in her expertise in terms of navigating the legal aid appeal process, dealing with the primary and secondary impacts of a disaster, protection from fraud and tenant rights violation, and the injustices faced by undocumented communities because of the ironies in the immigration system. Recovery is a lengthy process. Tune in and learn practical ways you can do to advocate for yourself and your family.



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    Highlights:

    02:41: The Biggest Recovery Issues 

    12:02: The Appeal Process

    21:20: How to Deal with Disaster Impacts

    29:56: Fraud Awareness

    34:21: Tenant Protection

    47:15: Advocate For Yourself

    58:05: The Injustices Faced by the Undocumented

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    1 hr and 15 mins
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