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MASSIVE firestorms in Northern California destroyed about 7,000 structures regionally which displaced over 100,000 people according to FEMA.
Here’s the 5 things I want to share with you now:
If you are looking for our #SonomaStrong Recovery Guide, click here.
If you need or can offer an RV for emergency, temporary housing and can Home-Host an RV, click here. We are re-writing our guide for setting up agreements with asset owners and hooking up to utilities.
There will be periodic closures for road work and tree removal. If in doubt check CalTrans Website. If you want final status reports visit CalFire’s status map.
Sonoma County has done a great job with communication and this is the county’s official recovery website. California OEC (aka WildFireRecovery.org) has some good info too but is a regional focused site. This is the damage map for Sonoma County.
Wind + Trees + Power Lines = Lethal Fire Storms. We have lost over ten thousand homes in California during the past 2 years because of this. The water shortage plays a big role in this environmental challenge. We have a responsibility as citizens to watch and report. Suing the power company doesn’t fix our problem. It will probably make the financial outcome of the problem much worse for EVERYONE in the long run. Please learn more here.
To those grieving the loss of their home in the recent fire storms in Northern California, please take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone.
As you move thru the recovery experience your emotions will swing wildly in any given day. Breathe into it.
I know you will cry yourself to sleep at night, wishing things were different. And in the morning feel for a brief moment the bliss of the illusion that everything is normal.
In time this will pass.
Your nervous system is hyper-active right now and your body will use water more. Please stay hydrated and have regular meals. Exercise or take walks, especially with a companion.
I will never forget the brief moment I spent alone after the Whittier Fire at Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara earlier this year. I deeply wish everyone could have witnessed that moment, as I’ve seen this in others affected by such loss.
In the still quietness of a barren forest, I sat in a circle of burned trees for reflection. There were two tiny birds that were clearly flying, but barely, and still had their fluffy baby feathers.
They looked down on me and sang as if they were trying to communicate to me that they were hungry and confused. I understood this, yet all I could do was witness their precious little lives.
The same is true for you. You have been forced out of your nest and you may think at times that you don’t have the strength for what lies ahead. The truth is most of you do… Even those desperately handicapped, like I was when I lost my own home.
The most important gifts you will receive from this experience are knowing who your friends really are, a new lightness of being, an opportunity to challenge your communication skills and personal strength… and best of all, an opportunity to deepen your community bonds.
TipsFromSurvivors has much to say about lessons from those who lost their home that can be a gift to the future. When you are ready, if you have big lessons that can help many, please let me know, by dropping message here.
For each person, their story is their own. You are writing it now as you move through one of the most powerful experiences of your life. As you move into this new phase of life, that is forever changed, please do your best to tell it well by searching for the love and levity in your own journey.
My main contribution to assist with recovery is to provide emergency housing with RVs. It is a new model for emergency housing, so please bear with us as we adapt and learn together.
This song below speaks volumes for how I feel in being here with you now. Please know I’m coming from a very strong place spiritually, but my hands are small… I cannot do this alone. I need you too.
Fly baby fly!!!
Wishing you well,
“Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn’t steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn’t ever after
We’ll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what’s right
‘Cause where there’s a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters…”
~ Jewel ~
If you want to know why I do what I do, please watch this video from an anniversary ceremony for the Valley Fire of 2015. There is also a sample video of a tip from a survivor.
This is a dynamic, constantly changing situation and the links provided will change as better information becomes available.
Together we can help each other with valuable advice that needs to be shared to protect our homes and our foundation to thrive.