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Reflections of the Thomas Fire: How Grassroots and Government Officials Join Force to make Santa Barbara a safer place
January 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join us on January 11th from 5:30-8:00 pm for a presentation and panel discussion on community preparedness and recovering from natural disasters.
Last year in December, our community experienced one of the most devastating fire and debris slides in our history. As we progress into a new year, Antioch University is opening up our doors to consider questions and solutions on what we can do to be better prepared for our next natural disaster.
We’ve taken this year to reflect on the tools, processes and best practices commonly used among residents, disaster relief organizations, and even government officials who have all systematically determined the roadmaps of actions and collaboration with other organizations in the community. Our aim is to take this information and discuss what works for our community, what we can improve on individually, and in our neighborhoods and community at large, as well as what goals we can strive for to mitigate the worst of the damage for our local population.
Our two keynote speakers are Emily Barany, founder of Visionality Partners, co-founder of Thomas Fire Help, and Rob Lewin, Emergency Operations Director for Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management. Both keynote speakers have contributed to the relief efforts of disasters in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
This firsthand experience from all our guests will provide a necessary look into the reality of recovering from a natural disaster. Join us for a meaningful evening that involves both reflections and a look toward the future. How may we come together as a team and be more prepared?