Extension is well-positioned to facilitate communication strategies that foster community resilience and disaster recovery, particularly for rural residents. This paper proposes a new approach to post-disaster communication that strengthens rural community capacities in locally and culturally relevant ways. The findings revealed specific post-disaster information needs, preferences for local resources, and communication that encourages resilience through a document analysis and interviews with informants recovering from the 2020 Colorado wildfires. The practical recommendations discussed serve as a starting point for Extension professionals in other areas to consider ways to engage with their communities before, during, and after a disaster.
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Bice, C., & Carter, S. (2023). After the Disaster Guidebook: Designing a Post-Disaster Communication Intervention for Rural Landowners. The Journal of Extension, 61(2), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.61.02.11