After Paradise

6:30 p.m. Thursdays

“After Paradise” is dedicated to post-Camp Fire recovery information. Each Thursday night, the NSPR News Team will bring you the latest from government officials, rescue organizations, financial planners, trauma experts and local reporters.

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If you’re feeling depressed, hopeless or like you can’t stop thinking about what has happened to you, your family, your friends or your neighbors – you’re not alone. It’s important to know that there are a lot of resources out there to help. That includes counselors who are trained in working with people who have experienced trauma. Gerard Lawson is one of those counselors. He’s also the past president of the American Counseling Association and currently a professor of counselor education at Virginia Tech. When asked what he thought Camp Fire survivors needed to know about trauma, the first thing he said was that it’s important they understand that everyone has different responses to a traumatic event.

After Paradise: Week 6

Dec 20, 2018

Tonight on After Paradise - it’s been six weeks since the Camp Fire started. Tonight we hear about an investigation into why emergency alerts failed as the fire was unfolding… plus,  we check in with a detective about where the three people left on the missing person’s list may be… and the Butte County superintendent of schools talks about what’s next for students as they depart for a tough holiday break.

Areta Ekarafi

Wednesday was the last day of school for kids across Butte County before going into the holiday break. We continue with more from Teresa Cotsirilos, who interviewed county Superintendent of Schools Tim Taylor earlier this week. She asked him to reflect on the biggest challenges after the fire … and on how students and teachers are doing since joining new classrooms across the county. 

Photo used courtesy of Father's House Church

Thousands of Butte County families are bracing for a tough holiday season this year. Parents have been scrambling to figure out basic needs like clothing and housing and driving long distances to get their children to school. Christmas shopping is the last thing on many people’s minds. Earlier this week a group of volunteers set up decorations and presents at a church in South Oroville to make sure kids displaced by the fire had something to celebrate. Teresa Cotsirilos reports. 

One of the biggest questions officials are facing in the aftermath of this disaster is why so many people never received warnings as the fire raged toward Paradise and Concow and Magalia. Even people who had signed up to receive them. This week the San Jose Mercury News published a detailed report looking into that question. NSPR’s Tess Vigeland spoke with science reporter Lisa Krieger about the investigation. 

Marc Albert

  • Re-homing begins: Evacuee families will take up temporary residence in Gridley after local authorities approved a Federal Emergency Management Agency plan to locate 350 manufactured homes in the southern Butte County city. Officials are expected to announce similar large sites in Red Bluff and Oroville in coming days. 

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 36 days since the Camp Fire started. Tonight an important update on emergency shelters housing the pets of fire victims. If you haven’t claimed yours, you need to do so soon. Plus… Airbnb’s Open Homes Program. And we hear about and from three people whose names are intertwined with this disaster… Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, Reverend Ron Zimmer of East Avenue Church, and Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea… who is now, apparently, everyone’s homie.

After Paradise: Day 35

Dec 14, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 35 days since the Camp Fire started. With the city of Paradise wiped off the map… at least for the time being… Chico now finds itself contending with a sudden surge in population, using infrastructure that isn’t prepared for the influx. There isn’t enough housing. Roads are clogged with new traffic. Anger spilled over at a city council meeting last night. We’ll hear the latest and talk with Chico’s new mayor, who’s been in office for just over a week. Plus… a Paradise tradition moves to a new home. Despite the loss of their town, the Parrott Family Christmas show WILL go on.

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 34 days since the Camp Fire started. In almost every crisis, it helps to know that other people have been through something similar, and come out on the other side. The trauma currently being experienced by people who lost their homes and so much more in Paradise, is a familiar one to so many just in this state who’ve been through the same thing. So today we hear from three people who lost everything in last year’s Tubbs Fire. They share slivers of hope to help Camp Fire victims get through the long recovery process.

After Paradise: Day 33

Dec 11, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 33 days since the Camp Fire started. The death toll from the Camp Fire remains at 85, but the number of missing now stands at three. Tonight we hear the latest on the staggering financial cost of the recovery effort. Plus… an update on what PG&E is doing to change its safety inspection program for transmission lines. And we’ll talk with a social worker from the Butte County behavioral health department about how to help children through the trauma of surviving a disaster that’s taken their homes, their schools, and their sense of safety in the world.