Region 1 Members:
As many of us know, the wildfires in Northern California have been devastating and unimaginable loss. This past week has been unreal for those living through this event, having lost everything in a matter of moments. Images of the devastation have been flooding the airwaves and internet, but the real loss is the many families that have been left homeless with only the clothes they had on at the time they fled. There is no doubt in the resilience of the people in Northern California; however, they could use our help.
The San Francisco Chapter has the Grapevine Section in the middle of the wildfires. Peter Libeu, Chairperson, has been communicating with us as to their needs, which shift daily. At this time, their need is for PPE in protecting families as they return to their burned out areas to comb through what may be left of any belongings: 3M has donated 150,000 N95 masks.
Our goal is to provide assistance and get some help for the needs of our members and communities. Below are a few of links where members and others in the community may volunteer time, donations of needed materials or supplies, and money donations for shelter.
Here is what you can do:
Volunteer Time/Assistance and Donations Document
NOTE: This Google Doc updates daily and provides information for Sonoma County, the hardest hit area so far.
City of Sacramento Assistance and Donations
Protection after Fires:
Region 1 has developed a one page document – 5 Steps to Stay Safe When Returning Home – to assist people in protecting themselves when returning to what remains of their residence and structures.
The Center for Disease Control also has this website for this purpose: Worker Safety During Fire Cleanup
OSHA has also developed Wildfire Response Information: OSHA Wildfires
Please place these on your social media accounts to get the word out. Also, Chapters may want to tap their Communication’s Chairs to see if they can get press releases to local media to further spread the word.
Thus far, we are not aware of anyone of our members who has been lost; but we are aware they may have lost property and businesses. Any assistance is appreciated, including your prayers and thoughts for safety and recovery.
Fall 2017 ROC Meeting (Seattle) Sites Page (Documents & Photos)
Posted: Sep 07, 2017