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Webinar: The Paradise California Campfire: A Survivor Speaks

Webinar - The Paradise California Camp Fire: A Survivor Speaks (and Films) the Lessons by Christopher Allan Smith

June 30 – The Paradise California Campfire: A Survivor Speaks (and Films) the Lessons In this webinar I dive deeply into the Camp Fire disaster and the dearly bought lessons all of those who prepared for, lived through and survived the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe. Upshot: You can deal with more than you imagine, and disasters are […]

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Column: Keep Calm and Run for Your Life–HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY

A cat scared by alive after the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.

The third column for HSToday is up and can be read HERE. As I’ve said before, it’s an honor to write for HSToday, appearing alongside Michael Chertoff (former Secretary of Homeland Security) and former FEMA administrator Brock Long.

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Column: The Titanic Had an Emergency Plan–QUALITY DIGEST

The second column for my series in Quality Digest, the leading magazine in the metrology industry (covering quality control, advanced measurement for organizations like NASA, Boeing and more) is live and can be found HERE. My bio and list of all the writing I’ve done for QD can be found HERE.

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Column: Planning for the Worst Case Imaginable–HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY

A damaged fiesta-ware carafe in the rubble of a burned out home in Paradise, California following the Camp Fire.

The second column for HSToday is up and can be read HERE. As I’ve said before, it’s an honor to write for HSToday, appearing alongside Michael Chertoff (former Secretary of Homeland Security) and former FEMA administrator Brock Long.

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Column: Disaster Is Coming, and Camp Fire Lessons Can Help You Manage and Survive–HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY

A lone pipe trickles water in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

I’ll be publishing a series of columns in Homeland Security Today focusing on disaster preparedness and response through the lens of what my fellow residents and I experienced before and after the Camp Fire. The first can be found HERE, and my site bio can be found HERE. I’m especially thankful to HSToday as one […]

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Column: Preparing for the End of Your World–QUALITY DIGEST

The burned out home of Christopher Allan Smith in Paradise California. The home was lost November 8, 2018 in the Camp Fire.

The leading magazine in the metrology industry, Quality Digest, was kind enough to allow me to write a series of columns based on the lessons learned from the Camp Fire. You can find my bio HERE and the first column HERE.

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Training Module: Surviving the Fire

This 4 hour course focused on first responders provides the audience with the complete timeline, response, recovery, and aftermath of the Paradise fire.  Take-aways include:The Paradise Fire:  NIST TimelineWHAT WERE THE PIECES YOU WERE GOING TO WRITE AROUND NIST’S REPORT?

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Webinar: A HIGH AND AWFUL PRICE: Lessons Learned from the Camp Fire–THE ARC OF CALIFORNIA

Last year I was honored to be asked to speak at the annual conference of The Arc of California, an organization which as their website puts it “promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” But we all know about the best laid plans of 2020. Thankfully, they welcomed me […]

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Presentation 1: Lessons Learned from the Camp Fire (60 min)

His most personal and affecting presentation, LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE CAMP FIRE is based on Smith’s Emmy nominated documentary series, A HIGH AND AWFUL PRICE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE CAMP FIRE. Through interviews with first responders, friends and fellow citizens who faced the Camp Fire, which destroyed 95-percent of Paradise, killed 85-fellow townspeople and became […]

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Presentation 2: A High and Awful Price–A documentary of disaster (120 minutes)

This presentation is a formal presentation of the expanded and revised version of the Emmy Award-nominated film, A HIGH AND AWFUL PRICE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE CAMP FIRE followed by a question and answer session with Christopher Allan Smith. With a wide-range of experiences in educational filmmaking (as an entertainment journalist, a professional editor, and […]

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