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Curious: Exploring UO's Partnership For Disaster Resilience

A man puts out spot fires in DeVos' backyard as the Santiam Fire threatens her neighborhood near Gates, Ore., Sept. 9, 2020. "I've never had anyone help me like this before," DeVos said. "I'm just speechless." A portion of her backyard and the front of her home were charred or actively burning Wednesday. The homes around hers were destroyed.
Gates, Oregon, in the heart of the Santiam fire burn zone.

Thousands of people in our region are getting a crash course in recovering from disaster. The Almeda fire alone destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Jackson County, forcing their former occupants to figure out a way ahead in the world.

Most of them have no experience in such things. Fortunately, lots of organizations do. Josh Bruce teaches at the University of Oregon and heads up the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience based there.

He joins us to talk about the work and how it's already being used to help fire victims; this is this month's edition of Curious: Research Meets Radio, our partnership with UO.

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