The information below and elsewhere on this site can still be useful for fire survivors. However, I am currently not creating new content. I created this site in 2018 to address the needs of 2017 Tubbs Fire survivors and sadly, there continue to be catastrophic wildfires, the most recent being the Glass Fire Incident (Napa/Sonoma). But now I have shifted into working my own recovery, interrupted by what you all have experienced: further evacuations, power outages, red flag warnings, and Covid-19 pandemic protocols.
Current fire survivors, you can look at the Insureds Groups and Neighborhoods tabs to find examples of how we organized for insurance claims and rebuilding purposes. Organizing and working together helped us push through the devastation and bolstered our resiliency. It even helped us find new “fire friends” with whom we can commiserate and not have to explain things.
Thank you to all the amazing Tubbs Fire survivors and allies I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with.
Best wishes in solidarity.
Vita (but I might still post…once in a while)
Neighbors Together ~ Strong & Resilient
October 2, 2020
If your home was damaged or destroyed by wildfire, see below. Be sure to check current local and state regulations concerning rebuilding (see your City or County website) and insurance.
- First Steps After a Wildfire Part A (All Fire Survivors)
- First Steps After a Wildfire Part B (Insured Fire Survivors)
- A Message to Friends & Family of Fire Survivors
- Smoke Damage / Partial Fire Damage / Mobile & Manufactured Homes
- United Policyholders is a consumer advocacy non-profit that has helped with insurance claims for almost 30 years (informational only–does not sell any services)
Visit UP early and often
This group has helped thousands of us insureds get the insurance proceeds we paid in premiums for 10, 20, and even 50 years.
Be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can be notified of insurance claim workshops relevant to your fire: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/nKj4Oyf.
UP Insurance claims workshops as of 10/2/20: https://www.uphelp.org/blog/2020-california-wildfires.
Topics include: Navigating Your Partial Loss/Smoke Loss Claim; Navigating the “Dwelling” Portion of Your Claim; Roadmap to Recovery Q&A; Roadmap to Recovery for Renters
- KSRO 103.5 FM; 1350 AM FB https://www.facebook.com/KSRO1350/ Streaming online https://v7player.wostreaming.net/961
- KZST 101.1 FM Streaming online http://streamdb8web.securenetsystems.net/cirrusencore/KZSTFM
COUNTY OF SONOMA/EMERGENCY ALERTS: The official pages of agencies on social media are currently the fastest sources of information.
- Sonoma County Interactive Map – CAL FIRE defined perimeter, current evac areas, current power outage areas https://sonomacounty.maps.arcgis.com/
- County of Sonoma: https://socoemergency.org/
- Santa Rosa: https://srcity.org/emergency
- CAL Fire Sonoma-Napa-Lake Unit: https://www.facebook.com/CALFIRELNU/
- Sonoma Sheriff: https://www.facebook.com/sonoma.sheriff/ (Updates in both English & Spanish)
- County of Sonoma: https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSonoma/ (Updates in both English & Spanish)
- North Sonoma County District Supervisor Supervisor Lynda Hopkins https://facebook.com/supervisorlyndahopkins/
- West Sonoma County District 4 Supervisor James Gore https://facebook.com/GoreCountry/
- NorthEast Sonoma County District 3 Supervisor Shirlee Zane https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorShirleeZane/
- East Sonoma County District 1 Supervisor Susan Gorin https://www.facebook.com/susangorin1st/
- CAL Fire: https://www.facebook.com/CALFIRE/
- Geyserville Fire: https://www.facebook.com/GeyservilleFire/
- Healdsburg Fire: https://www.facebook.com/healdsburgfire/
- Cloverdale Fire: https://www.facebook.com/cloverdalefiredistrict/
- Sonoma County Fire: District: https://www.facebook.com/sonomacountyfd/
- City of Santa Rosa Fire: https://www.facebook.com/SantaRosaFD/
- Public Safety Real-Time Scanners: https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/231, Sonoma County Fire and CAL FIRE Dispatch – North West
CITIES/TOWNS IN THE 4TH DISTRICT:
- City of Healdsburg: https://www.facebook.com/cityofhealdsburg/
- Town of Windsor: https://www.facebook.com/townofwindsorfan/
- City of Cloverdale: https://www.facebook.com/cityofcloverdale/
ANIMALS (SMALL & LARGE) INFORMATION:
- Animal Services: https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyAnimalServices/
- Sonoma Community Animal Response Team: Sonoma CART https://www.facebook.com/sonomacart
- Sonoma County CHANGE Program: Sonoma Change https://www.facebook.com/Sonoma-County-CHANGE-Program-141207519228785/
- Sonoma County Fairgrounds – Large animal evacuations: Sonoma County Fairgrounds http://www.sonomacountyfair.com/animal-evacuation.php
- HALTER Project: https://www.halterproject.org/
- To assess air quality during wildfire or emergency conditions, the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District recommends reviewing websites in the following order. https://www.nosocoair.net/air-quality.html You can also receive their updates via their FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/nosocoair/
- AirNow Fire – The most accurate source for available fine Particulate Matter (PM) measurements. https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires
- PurpleAir Provides the most cautious health-based numbers. ● District Data Provide accurate measurements of PM-10 levels, a good indicator of ash concentrations during wildfire conditions. https://www2.purpleair.com/
- AirNow Current AQI (and Forecast) Forecasts air quality. https://cfpub.epa.gov/airnow/state/CA/index.cfm
- For more information on the advisory and air quality information, visit: https://socoemergency.org/smoke-health-advisory/Â
- Bay Area Air Quality Management http://www.baaqmd.gov/
- PG&E’s Power Shutoff Address Lookup Tool: https://psps.ss.pge.com/?_ga=2.112677958.359490707.1571774175-1478877766.1569268945
- SoCo Emergency PG&E Power Shutoff Fact Sheet https://socoemergency.org/fact-sheet-pge-power-shutoff-red-flag-warning-2/
- City of Santa Rosa Emergency Information https://srcity.org/610/Emergency-Information
- National Weather Service Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/NWSBayArea/
- SoCo Emergency: https://socoemergency.org
PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS for your home only if you have time
When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists (if time allows) to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire. https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/go-evacuation-guide/pre-evacuation-preparation-steps/
Home Evacuation Checklist – How to Prepare for Evacuation:
Inside the House
- Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
- Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.
- Remove lightweight curtains.
- Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
- Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
- Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
- Shut off the air conditioning.
- Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
- Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
- Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
- Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
- Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
- Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
- Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
- Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
- Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
- Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.
- Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
- Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.