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Red Cross Financial Assistance Program Update: New inquiries for individual financial assistance relating to 2017 wildfires no longer accepted after December 31, 2018

Posted on December 19, 2018

        A Message from Anne Reynolds, Executive Director California Wildfire and Debris Flow Recovery Program (summary version): The 2017 California wildfire season was exhausting and heartbreaking for affected residents. For months on end, relentless, unprecedented blazes impacted communities across the state, causing tragic losses and forever changing lives. The American Red Cross...

Increased Risk of Flooding and Mud, Debris Flows after 2017 Wildfires

Posted on December 14, 2018

The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma encourage residents living in and around the areas burned by the October 2017 wildfires to prepare their property for the rainy season and remain alert for possible threats from intense winter storms. Many properties in the areas burned, and downstream of those areas, now have...

County Supervisors Approve Recovery and Resiliency Framework

Posted on December 13, 2018

SANTA ROSA – On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the Recovery and Resiliency Framework which serves as a vision and approach for how Sonoma County will recover and emerge more resilient from the October 2017 wildfires. The Framework was prepared by the County’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency in collaboration with other County departments...

Governor Extends State’s Prohibition on Price Gouging during Emergencies Until May 31, 2019

Posted on November 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Wednesday issued two executive orders to further assist communities recovering from devastating fires – one to help ensure students displaced by this month’s Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires are able to return to school as soon as possible and another to extend the state’s prohibition on price gouging...

Online Homeowner Insurance Pricing Tool Helps Residents Find Coverage

Posted on November 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO -- As survivors of the Camp and Woolsey wildfires begin the long road to recovery from the recent devastating wildfires that have so far tragically killed 91 people and destroyed more than 14,000 homes, other homeowners in wildfire areas may find themselves shopping for coverage when rates increase or they receive non-renewal notices, as some...

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...
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