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Southern California Wildfires

Publication date: 
12/2017
Our Philanthropy California colleagues are responding as they can to the wildfires in Southern California. We are lending our expertise where it is needed. Wildfires in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties are forcing thousands of people from their homes and destroying millions of dollars in property. We will keep this page updated with information that could be helpful in responding appropriately to these disasters.
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Resources from Fires: Post-Program and Community Support

Publication date: 
10/2017
On October 17th, we were joined by over 150 participants on our funder call with leaders of local community foundations and disaster experts located in the areas most affected by recent Northern California wildfires. We heard a firsthand report of the situation, and learned what funders, nonprofits, and government are doing to assist at this stage of the emergency.
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Resources from Wisdom from the Front Lines: Lessons for Disaster Planning

Publication date: 
10/2017
In this October 26th program, two disaster-tested philanthropic leaders shared lessons about disaster planning for funding organizations, drawing on their experiences with disasters in the Monterey area in recent years, the devastating Cedar Rapids flood in 2008, and disasters in Louisiana.
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Resources from After Hurricane Harvey and Irma: Specific Challenges Facing Immigrants and Refugees

Publication date: 
09/2017
In this webinar co-sponsored with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, members learned about unique post-disaster challenges facing immigrants and refugees, particularly those who are low-income and limited English proficient, and explored both their immediate and long-term needs. We discussed ways that philanthropy can most effectively support recovery and rebuilding efforts in diverse affected regions in the months and years that lie ahead.
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Resources from Flipping the Script on Disaster: A Tale of Three Resilient Cities

Publication date: 
06/2017
At NCG’s May 31 event, Flipping the Script on Disaster: A Tale of Three Cities , the Chief Resilience Officers of Oakland and San Francisco each shared their city’s resilience strategy and ways for philanthropy to support resilience. The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, also offered her perspective on resilience and current efforts in Oakland. The Managing Director of the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge shared details of this new effort to catalyze innovative, collaborative planning to build resilience in advance of disaster. Although the Berkeley Chief Resilience Officer was...
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Why We've Stopped Saying 'Natural Disaster': Taking Action

Release Date: 
08/29/2019
There’s nothing natural about the suffering that follows disasters because it doesn’t have to be that way. Philanthropy can proactively invest in hazard mitigation and preparedness efforts to lessen the impacts of disasters.
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Why We’ve Stopped Saying ‘Natural Disaster’ and You Should Too

Release Date: 
08/01/2019
Not so long ago, I used the term "natural disaster" in a manuscript for a publication. My PhD supervisor shot back, “There's nothing natural about disasters.” Decades of hazard research and our frontline communities are concluding the same thing:...

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