My World’s on Fire is a newsletter about disasters.

My World’s on Fire is a free email dispatch to help expand your understanding of disasters through deep-dives, Q&As, and exclusive interviews. Covering Climate Now selected it as a newsletter finalist in its 2022 Journalism Awards, calling it “informative and gripping,” with a “distinctive and engaging” voice. See for yourself!

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Building disaster awareness, literacy, and accountability.

My name is Colleen Hagerty. I founded the My World’s on Fire newsletter and write each edition that comes to your inbox.

I’m a journalist who has covered extreme weather-related disasters in the US for outlets including BBC News, NY1, and Vox. My journalism aims to expand your understanding of how disasters happen, the systems built to prevent and address them, and the many ways communities are impacted in the long-term.

This newsletter goes back to basics—no unexplained acronyms or high-level jargon here—while bringing you insights from leading disaster experts and survivors.

If you’re interested in reading deep-dive journalism on preparation, community resiliency, and recovery, you’ve found the right newsletter.

And your support makes it possible.

I created MWOF to share important stories not covered elsewhere and to make sure information is free-to-access for anyone who needs it. But this takes resources, and I can’t do it alone.

If you have the means to give, please consider becoming a member. As a member you get extra MWOF content and a look behind the scenes at my journalism. Your financial support helps me travel to communities affected by disaster across the USA; it helps cover the cost of doing deep-dive explainers on topics like prescribed burns; and it helps keep my newsletter free.

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