Most people that find this website, will be under threat of evacuation or lost their home to a fire. I will offer valuable content to help them recover and they in turn will tell their loved ones about the 3 things they wish they did to be better prepared for such loss.
Everyone thinks this kind of event only happens to OTHER people until it happens to them. In that moment of loss, their loved ones will take preparedness more seriously.
Our goal is to optimize the resources that are available DIRECTLY to survivors in the community while the recovery effort is still in the honeymoon phase (before media attention and volunteers leave).
“Meet Me” by Viewing the Video Below
The video below is from the 1 year anniversary gathering at “ground zero” of the Valley Fire which burned an area 2.5 times the size San Francisco in 2015.
That fateful day in September 2015 changed the lives of thousands of people. I hope by sharing our perspectives you will gain an appreciation of what the experience of losing a home is like, without having to learn the hard way.
My personal story is at 1m21 to 5m18.
I was involved in very critical aspects of the recovery, so I could learn as much as possible. Here are some important examples:
- I helped with community sourced emergency supplies in North Lake County. This was a community driven effort thru Facebook. My role was to call all the relief centers each morning and ask what specific supplies were needed and then gave that information to the “dispatcher” to coordinate with delivery volunteers all over Northern California.
- My neighbors in Sonoma County offered a lost and found database for animals. I helped get the word out about how to help the animals that were scattered across 4 or more counties. Lake County had inadequate resources for the scope of the problem. What we offered was incredibly valuable to animal welfare and reunification across Northern California.
- With my close friends, we created an experimental crowd sourced RV program called RVsWithoutBorders.org. We collaborated directly with the Board of Supervisors. It was clear in the end that there were hard lessons learned that we all would do differently. With the lessons learned, communities can do better in providing emergency housing. …If we are willing to share our lessons with other communities affected by a disaster.
I have a draft for this publication that is over 60+ pages for the main publication and another 60+ on emergency housing.
About the Following Video
I have not shared survivor stories yet. Content like this would be part of my offering for subscribers and I want to present it in a unique way by weaving each new story into a song that will be presented every time I connect with subscribers.
I have chosen Sara Bareilles song “Chasing the Sun” to share important survivor stories. Her song challenges us to look at the world from a bird’s eye view and see how we are interconnected thru past and present, as our lives unfold.
She presents the song as a clever riddle about “a cemetery in the center of Queens”. It refers to the 1964 World’s Fair which was a place where community gathered to learn from each other before TVs changed our habits of connecting with each other. Today the Internet poses special challenges and opportunities in truly connecting with neighbors which I am trying to embrace with you now.
Fire burns down those walls and fences and gives people an opportunity to see their neighbors again. For those people, the loss is immense, but most will tell you that was the greatest gift from this experience was the nurturing of new relations and the strengthening of old bonds with each other.
So please, take a moment and meet your neighbors.
Listen to their wisdom and remember
your “earth is somebody’s ceiling.”
Sara, thank you for your sweet song and wisdom. You are my “Hercules” and I am yours. 🙂 I hope to meet you. XoXo! ~> Kimberly
(In the above video I have already received permission to include some of the contributions and am waiting on others for their reply. There are many segments under development which are not public yet.)
No story is told if there is no lesson. Be informed. Choose wisely.
Together we can help each other with valuable advice needs to be shared to protect our homes and our foundation to thrive.