About the Webinar: It happens so fast. One day, all is well. And then suddenly, you’re homeless, unmoored, dependent on the kindness of strangers for the most basic necessities of life – a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, a few borrowed t-shirts and jeans. And when you look ahead, trying to figure out how to put your life back together, the road looks long and treacherous. Because it is. Natural disasters destroy both physical and personal worlds. A full response must comprise both material and emotional support. FEMA housing and even full-replacement insurance policies aren’t enough to heal traumatized minds and hearts. But faith, caring support, and a few simple yet profound practices proven to boost resilience can make a big difference in how well disaster survivors and emergency responders alike recover from catastrophic experiences. Resilience can even transform disaster into opportunities for deeper life experience and greater service. Sandra Millers Younger combines riveting storytelling, lessons learned from her personal experience as a wildfire survivor, and leading-edge research from the field of positive psychology in this common-sense approach to a critical but often overlooked aspect of disaster recovery for both emergency professionals and the communities they serve.
About the Speaker: Speaker, author and resilience mentor Sandra Millers Younger lost her home, 12 neighbors and almost her own life in the 2003 Cedar Fire, the biggest wildfire in modern California history. With journalism degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Syracuse University, plus 30 years of professional experience, she felt compelled to capture the historic Cedar Fire story for posterity. Her resulting 2013 book, The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire, has been hailed as required reading for residents of wildfire country, adopted as a training text for top-level emergency professionals, and featured in the NBC Dateline special, “Escape: The Great California Fire.” Now, as the founder of ComeBACK Solutions Intl., Sandra works with disaster survivors, top-level emergency professionals, and other mission-driven leaders to build resilience, the skill that can transform disaster into opportunity and loss into legacy.