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CPUC Acts to Further Protect State from Wildfires

Posted on November 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2018 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today acted to further protect the state from wildfires related to electric facilities by setting the framework to provide guidance on initial utility wildfire mitigation plans, and inviting the input of all stakeholders in guiding its approach. Senate Bill 901 requires electric utilities...

Public Comment Needed: State HCD Draft Action Plan Released with $124 million in Federal Disaster Recovery Funds

Posted on November 13, 2018

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the grantee of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a result of the 2017 wildfires in California. On November 12, HCD released a draft Action Plan for proposed usage...

Re-establishing Postal Service in Rebuilding Communities

Posted on October 19, 2018

As neighborhoods are rebuilding, how to plan for the re-establishing of mail delivery has been a frequent question. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued the following statement regarding this topic: While centralized delivery is the Postal Service’s preferred mode of delivery for all new residential and commercial developments, the fire-damaged areas of Santa...

Recovery Information and Resource Packet Mailed to Fire Survivors

Posted on October 12, 2018

The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma recently mailed recovery and resource information to fire survivors. The following materials were included in the mailing: Preparing your property for the rainy season Creating defensible fire-scaping Frequently asked questions regarding the debris removal insurance reimbursement process (sent only to residents who participated in the Government-Sponsored Debris...

County, City to Observe One Year Anniversary of Wildfires

Posted on September 21, 2018

SANTA ROSA, CA – The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa will hold a ceremony on October 8, 2018 in observance of the one year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex fires. The ceremony will include a memorial bell ringing to remember those who lost their lives in the fires and provide an opportunity...

State Department of Housing to hold Public Meeting in Santa Rosa on Disaster Recovery Program

Posted on September 20, 2018

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting in Santa Rosa on October 2, 2018,  to provide an overview of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for residents of Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa who were impacted by wildfires in October 2017. HCD is...

Update for Fire Survivors Who Participated in Government-Sponsored Debris Removal Program

Posted on September 19, 2018

Over the past several months, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES) has been working to address over-excavation that occurred as a result of the Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Removal program. After this Friday, September 21, CAL OES will not be able to support the evaluation and potential remediation of any additional properties...

State Insurance Commissioner Warns Wildfire Survivors of Scam Artists

Posted on August 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO -- Thousands of wildfire survivors face a long road recovering from the latest  devastating fires that have destroyed or damaged at least a thousand homes in Northern California. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urges wildfire survivors to be aware about the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors as they begin the recovery process and to...

County Receives National Award for Digital Response with Santa Rosa to Fires

Posted on July 17, 2018

Santa Rosa, CA  –  The County of Sonoma is pleased to announce it has been named the national first place winner by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the innovative and collaborative digital response with the City of Santa Rosa to the October wildfires. The Digital Counties Survey...

Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24-7

Posted on July 3, 2018

If you are experiencing emotional distress, perhaps because of recent red flag warnings, fireworks, or smoke from fires outside Sonoma County, a national Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress...

County of Sonoma to Launch Fire Recovery Community Engagement

Posted on June 29, 2018

The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County. “Sonoma County will recover from these devastating fires, but we cannot do it alone,” said Board of Supervisors Chair...

Free, Scalable Residential Landscape Design Templates for the Fire Rebuild

Posted on June 8, 2018

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has developed eight scalable landscape design templates for the fire rebuild. These free, front yard designs are scalable to fit landscaped areas up to 2,500 square feet, ready-to-permit, and in compliance with local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances. The eight front yard plans are available in two of each of these styles: Sonoma Native/Adaptive...

New Process Established for Addressing Over Excavation During Fire Debris Removal Program

Posted on May 14, 2018

SANTA ROSA, CA — The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored debris removal program after the October 2017 wildfires. Cal OES will work in coordination...

May 16 is Last Day to Call Army Corps Wildfire Debris Information Line With New Issues

Posted on May 14, 2018

Local, state and federal officials have announced that debris operations in all Northern California counties impacted by the October 2017 fires is nearly complete. As part of the completion process the last day to call the Wildfire Debris Information Line with new inquiries or issues is May 16, 2018. The information line for debris removal operations began...

Governor Issues Executive Order to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Climate Impacts

Posted on May 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In the face of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to combat dangerous tree mortality, increase the ability of our forests to capture carbon and systematically improve forest management. “Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” said Governor Brown. “I intend to...

Major Debris Removal Operations are Complete Following October Wildfires

Posted on May 10, 2018

Santa Rosa -- State, federal and local officials today announced the completion of major debris removal operations on more than 4,500 parcels across four counties associated with the October 2017 wildfires – the largest disaster debris removal operation since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake – and expect to conclude operations within the coming days. The California Governor’s...

California HOPE Program Provides Crisis Counselors for Those Impacted by Fires

Posted on May 4, 2018

Sonoma County launched the California HOPE program to provide outreach and counseling to those emotionally impacted by the Sonoma Complex Fires in October 2017. California HOPE is a federally funded program that can send crisis counselors to meet people wherever they are (at home, school, business, etc.) to provide crisis counseling, resource navigation, and disaster...

Advanced Energy Rebuilding Incentives Offered for Wildfire Victims

Posted on May 4, 2018

        Santa Rosa -- In an unprecedented show of collaboration between agencies, Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, is partnering with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to offer up to $17,500 in incentives for property...

Governor Brown Extends Price Gouging Protections Through Dec. 4, 2018

Posted on April 17, 2018

Santa Rosa, CA  –  Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced Monday that Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order on Friday extending the protections against Price Gouging under Penal Code Section 396 through and including December 4, 2018. A prior Executive Order issued by the Governor had extended the protections through April...

Rainfall and Stream Gauges Provide Early Flood Monitoring System for Flash Floods and Debris Flows in Burn Areas

Posted on April 5, 2018

  SANTA ROSA – A series of rain and stream flow gauges have been installed within and downstream of the areas burned by the devastating October wildfires, providing real-time data to weather forecasters who are responsible for sending out alerts to residents when flashfloods or debris flows may be imminent. The gauge installations enhance Sonoma...
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