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How to Disaster

By: JENNIFER GRAY THOMPSON
  • Summary

  • Welcome to "How to Disaster," the ultimate podcast for navigating the challenges of climate-based disasters, the defining crisis of our generation. With the increasing frequency and severity of these calamities, it's not a matter of if, but when you'll be affected. Whether you're a disaster survivor or seeking proactive strategies, this podcast is your beacon of hope. In each episode, we delve into the profound stories and lessons from those who have triumphed over adversity. Hosted by the CEO of After the Fire USA & #Forbes 50 over 50 Impact leader (2022) Jennifer Gray Thompson, this podcast focuses on the stories of individuals from public, private and non-profit sectors that have encountered a disaster. Join us as we bring you the most compelling insights, innovative solutions, and best practices to equip you with the tools to face any disaster head-on. Recognized by top leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector, "How to Disaster" is the go-to podcast for those seeking a 360-degree view of disaster management. From gripping survivor accounts to exclusive interviews with experts, each episode offers a unique perspective that transcends conventional thinking. Gain invaluable knowledge as we explore groundbreaking strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and sustainable approaches to disaster resilience. Our mission is to empower you with actionable steps to safeguard yourself, your community, and the planet. Together, we can shape a more resilient future. Don't miss out on the transformative insights of "How to Disaster." Subscribe now to unlock the secrets of overcoming disaster and ensure you're prepared for whatever lies ahead. Together, we can turn the tide of catastrophe into a beacon of hope. Listen to "How to Disaster" on Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Listen, and all other major platforms and discover a new era of resilience. Keywords: climate-based disasters, global problem, hope, resilience, strategies, innovations, best practices, top leaders, government, business, nonprofit sector, survivor stories, 360-degree view, actionable steps, safeguard, resilient future.
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Episodes
  • Encore 19: Coordinating Response and Maximizing Resources During Crisis with Aristotle Wolfe
    May 7 2024

    “If you're just doing a very limited role and not maximizing your contribution, you're selling yourself short. And it's probably not why you were selected.” -Aristotle Wolfe

    Episode Description:

    When disaster strikes, police officers take on the difficult but vital role of protecting the public. They establish security perimeters, communicate warnings, and keep other first responders safe, all while making fast decisions under pressure. Truly these officers are invaluable pillars of strength for communities in need, facing uncertainty and risks to their well-being to protect others from threats.

    In this episode, Jennifer interviews CHP Officer Aristotle Wolfe to discuss the crucial but often unseen roles of law enforcement during emergencies, effective communication strategies, the importance of cross-agency cooperation, ways in which citizens can support first responders and continually improve our disaster recovery systems, plus much more.

    Connect with After The Fire USA:

    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfterTheFireUSA

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/atf3r

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ

    Highlights:

    03:13 A Unique Job Description

    08:08 What The Job Means

    14:04 Who Plays Which Role?

    17:01 Communication Lessons

    22:34 Leader of Leaders

    26:04 CHP’s Role in Supporting Local Officials

    31:05 Be a Human Being

    39:15 Maximize Your Role

    46:32 Mental Health Support for Law Enforcement Officers

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    59 mins
  • 018 Encore: Managing the Wildland— Strategies for Protecting Private Lands from Mega Fires with Algeo Che Casul
    Apr 23 2024

    “You do have to bring in some science and some education. But there is something that people who have this generational knowledge can teach.” -Algeo Che Casul

    Episode Description:

    Mega fires pose a grave threat to private lands across California in the era of climate change. As hotter, drier conditions fuel larger and more destructive wildfires, the majority of wildlands that surround communities remain in private ownership. Adopting ecologically-minded stewardship techniques is necessary to not only protect personal property but also safeguard surrounding communities from the devastation of mega-fires.

    In this episode, Jennifer interviews Algeo Che Casul, a seventh-generation rancher in Sonoma County. In addition to operating his ranch, Che runs the local nonprofit Circuit Rider Community Services which teaches at-risk youth ecological land management practices through paid vocational programs.

    Tune in as Jennifer and Che discuss effective practices to mitigate mega-fires, the benefits and challenges of these stewardship techniques, invasive species impacting the landscape, strategies to build more fire-resilient communities, as well as helpful insights into balancing fire safety, sustainability, and equity concerns as climate change drives larger wildland fires.

    Connect with After The Fire USA:

    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebuildNorthBay/

    X: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/atf3r

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ

    Highlights:

    05:28 Prescribed Fires

    11:08 Education for Land Treatment

    15:23 The Grazers Controversy and Responsible Land Stewardship

    24:01 Wildfires and Their Impacts on Residents

    27:26 Resiliency Practices

    30:45 Priority Checklist

    36:19 Fire Forward

    41:16 Energy and Equity

    45:20 Generational Sustainability

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    47 mins
  • 017 Encore: Emergent Leadership: The Power of Community in Disaster Recovery and Rehousing Efforts with Margie Foster
    Apr 9 2024

    “Don't expect to go through it yourself. People will want to help, ask for it. And then when you get through your disaster, pay it forward.” -Margie Foster

    Episode Description:

    When catastrophe strikes, it falls to ordinary citizens to come together, support each other, and lead the recovery efforts from the ground up. And in these moments, they also discover inner strength and resilience within themselves and their community. By banding together through difficult times, they can help rebuild and renew their town stronger than before.

    Margie Foster, a longtime resident of Glen Ellen, shares her first-hand experience of evacuating from the Tubbs Fire and the emotional toll it took on her tight-knit community. She discusses the frustration of the slow rebuilding process in the first year, the challenges of mitigating fire-damaged land, how she helped coordinate a local rehousing initiative and secure funding to support fire survivors.

    Join in as Jennifer and Margie reflect on the importance of “neighbor helping neighbor” in times of crisis and valuable lessons on community preparedness, the emotional toll of disaster, and innovative ways citizens can lead recovery efforts through connectivity and grassroots organization.

    Connect with After The Fire USA:

    Website: https://afterthefireusa.org/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebuildNorthBay/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfterTheFireUSA

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afterthefireusa/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/atf3r

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTefxZgWUJkDVoZGZQpxgQ



    Highlights:

    03:59 Surviving the Devastating Fire

    10:22 Disaster Preparedness and Community Response

    17:57 Rehousing Initiatives

    23:08 Disaster Relief Efforts and Community Resilience

    29:09 Rebuilding Challenges

    33:04 Recovery and Emergent Leadership

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    39 mins

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