From Footprint Project's Instagram: Mary's home in Bayou Dularge was completely destroyed in Hurricane Ida. She has been living with her daughter. Yesterday, we installed a solar + battery system in Mary's brand new BuiltBayou recovery shelter.

Anyone who has been in a disaster and experienced the initial government or major nonprofit response may have noticed that there is a lot of waste involved. From the thousands of single-use water bottles and throw-away medical supplies to the constant churning of diesel and gas-powered generators, there’s just really no other option. But what if there was? Would it be adopted? How could these large disaster response institutions even know that things could be done differently?

That’s where Footprint Project comes in. Since 2017 they have been proving that it’s possible to respond cleaner and build back greener by deploying 200+ kW of mobile solar and 600+ kWh of mobile battery storage on more than 20 disaster response and recovery missions, to provide emergency clean power access to over 28,000 people in some of the hardest hit communities following disasters.

Today on the show, we’ve brought on Footprint Project’s Operations Director, Will Heegaard, who shares the genesis stories for how he got involved in disaster response work and the impetus behind launching the organization. He also unpacks the importance of building resilient communities and the role he feels that state agencies should play in disaster relief.

And for those listeners who just completed our Emergency Battery Network Co-Lab (or are planning to check out the course recordings and Toolkit that are soon to be on our website), stick around for the full conversation to hear Will’s advice on how to build power in your community.


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The Response is an award-winning podcast series produced by Shareable and Robert Raymond exploring how communities respond to disaster — from hurricanes to wildfires to reactionary politics and more.


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