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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...

PG&E to Begin Replacement of Underground Electric and Gas Lines in Coffey Park on Monday, April 2

Posted on March 30, 2018

PG&E crews will begin building new underground electric and gas utilities in the Coffey Park neighborhood beginning Monday, April 2. Much of the underground electrical equipment in the Coffey Park area, such as cables and transformers, was destroyed during the fire due to high temperatures and needs to be completely replaced, along with approximately 13...

Santa Rosa Parks Foundation to Fundraise, Collect Donations to Rebuild Fire-damaged City Parks

Posted on March 22, 2018

The Santa Rosa Parks Foundation, in coordination with the City of Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department, has stepped up to lead fundraising efforts to help rebuild and rehabilitate City parks that were damaged in the October 2017 wildfires. The Parks Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, will head fundraising efforts and serve as the single...

United Policyholders Conducting Wildfire Recovery Survey

Posted on March 13, 2018

United Policyholders (UP)  is seeking the help of survivors of the October 2017 wildfires to track insurance progress and problems related to the North Bay wildfire recovery. The information UP collects through this survey will help the non-profit organization and its local partners support the community during the long term recovery. Take the survey now. The...

County to host Rebuilding Community Meeting on March 21

Posted on March 12, 2018

SANTA ROSA, CA — The County of Sonoma encourages residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mark West Elementary School located at 4600 Lavell Rd., Santa Rosa. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Disaster Task Force Alerts Fire Survivors About Suspected Unlicensed Contractor Trying to Get Debris/Tree Removal Jobs

Posted on March 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and partners in the North Bay Disaster Fraud Task Force (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office) are issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Sonoma County wildfire survivors about a suspected unlicensed debris and tree removal contractor who may have already victimized at least a...

$3.25 million Grant to Train Local Workers for Construction Industry

Posted on March 1, 2018

Santa Rosa, CA – To help prepare and train Sonoma County residents for jobs in the construction industry after the October wildfires, the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), in partnership with the Human Services Department Employment and Training Division, has received $3.25 million in emergency funds from the California Employment Development Department. Residents can apply...

Debris Removal Update: Deadline for late ROE consideration March 5; Private Cleanup Deadline April 9

Posted on February 27, 2018

Though the deadline to submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form to opt in to the government-operated Sonoma County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program (Consolidated Program) passed on November 13th, late ROE form submissions have continued to be accepted and honored on a case-by-case basis, per FEMA approval. However, March 5th will be the final...

Sonoma County Supervisors Seek Community Input at Infrastructure Workshop on Feb. 27

Posted on February 26, 2018

  SANTA ROSA – The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at a workshop on infrastructure on Tuesday, February 27. Other local, state and federal officials will be taking part. Topics that will be discussed include how best to prepare to be a...
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