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Rapid Response Network Poster
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Yesterday, we heard about a new hotline that helps protect local immigrants who may be swept up in raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

At the rally announcing the new "Rapid Response" phone line, news director Steve Mencher spoke with immigrant rights activist Anna Salgado. He asked  whether her neighbors’ fears of deportation have been heightened by the North Bay fires and how the hotline will help.

FEMA trailer in Santa Rosa
Stacey Dennick

As of Monday, November 13,  FEMA has set up 11 trailers in the Sonoma Fairgrounds RV Park to help uninsured and underinsured victims of last month’s firestorms. Designed to house up to four people in about 200 square feet, each unit is connected to water, electricity and sewer lines.

Fifteen more RVs, some suitable for more than four people, are coming Tuesday, November 14. “These units are already full,” said Paul Corah, media relations specialist at FEMA. “More are on order. We’re trying to accommodate as many people as possible.”

Sonoma County Fire Poster
KRCB/Steve Mencher

The recent fire crisis has prompted an outpouring of support from Sonoma County and beyond. But with fire cost estimates in the billions, more is needed. An infusion of cash is the highest priority for most fire victims, and for the organizations that serve them.

With overwhelming need comes an almost equally overwhelming number of worthy groups seeking donations, from small businesses with GoFundMe pages to large organizations. There are alliances for every sector of the population from undocumented immigrants, to firefighters to animals. Here are a few noteworthy organizations.

We wanted to end the week of fire-related news with a look back at last Saturday’s Day of Remembrance at Santa Rosa Junior College. Earlier in the week we heard from Sheriff Rob Giordano – but now let’s listen to the music and poetry that brought the audience of several hundred to tears… and to their feet repeatedly on a crystal clear and warm fall day. You’ll hear MC Pat Kerrigan of KSRO and young poet Vicente Reyes of Mark West Charter School.

Bill Gittins

Painter Bill Gittins, a KRCB board member, is featured online today at the KQED website, talking about his experience during the Tubbs fire that burned so many homes in his Fountaingrove neighborhood.

“I had completed about 35 new paintings for ArtTrails over the last several months, and that was while I was doing some commission pieces at the same time,” he told KQED reporter Joshua Bote.

Firefighters
Sonoma County

The record-breaking destruction of the North Bay fires has many experts questioning the way California determines fire risk.  It seems clear that stricter building codes will be required in high risk areas, but some say the current risk designations are outdated and need re-mapping. Penny Nelson, a host of KQED’s The California Report recently discussed the issue with KQED science reporter Lauren Sommer.

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Those affected by the North Bay fires will have the opportunity to enroll in Disaster CalFresh until Nov. 1.

Disaster CalFresh will provide  cash grants which can be used at participating food stores.

For in-person assistance, find your closest Sonoma County Economic Assistance office here.

Ashley Oldham
KZYX

They’ve been called the “wine country” fires – but cannabis farmers suffered losses in the recent firestorm as well.  Unlike vintners, whose grapes were nearly all picked, the cannabis harvest was just getting started when the fires struck. Reporter Sarah Reith visited growers in Mendocino County who are now reckoning with their losses.

See Sarah Reith's original report on KZYX

Community gathering to remember those who we have lost, celebrate community heroes, and support neighbors in need

SANTA ROSA, CA – Over the past several weeks, we have seen the very best of our county come through during the worst of the terrible fire storm we experienced: our resilience, strength, and grit; kindness, decency, and generosity; and above all, our essential humanity.

Link to Press Release

Kaiser Permanente reopened its Santa Rosa hospital and emergency department today, following an emergency evacuation and closure on Oct. 9 as wildfires approached the building.

October 14, 2017 at 3:05 PM  

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa are opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 14th and will be open daily for at least two weeks.

What: 

Local Assistance Center (LAC) 

When: 

Opens at 9:00 AM, last entry at 6:00 PM, daily for at least two weeks

Where:

Evacuation Shelters

Published:  October 14, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Please note: Evacuation Centers are not checking immigration status, however they may ask for identification. The purpose of this is to locate missing persons. You do not have to provide identification and you may only share your name if you choose.

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