2017 Fires: Resources for Recovery & Rebuilding

Banner ResilientThe City of Sonoma was fortunate to escape direct damage from the 2017 fires.  We are extremely grateful to all the emergency responders - local, regional, national, and even international - who worked together to save our town. 

Sadly, many of our neighbors in Sonoma Valley were not as fortunate, with homes and businesses lost or damaged in the hills above town, the eastern edge of the Valley, and the communities of Glen Ellen and Kenwood.  At final containment, the Nuns Fire had comprised more than 56,000 acres and destroyed more than 400 Sonoma Valley homes.

At the City of Sonoma, we are committed to supporting the recovery and rebuilding efforts.  One of the best ways for us to do this is to help connect the Sonoma Valley community to resources for recovery and the best places to access up-to-date information. 

A comprehensive "Sonoma County Recovers" website has been developed as the official source of information on recovery resources for the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa.   We recommend that you keep informed of latest updates by visiting their News page.

We also invite you to follow the City of Sonoma's facebook page, and to learn about "The Love In The Air" community gratitude project.  Direct links to key information, as well as updates and FAQs for Sonoma Valley, are provided below. 

Fire Recovery FAQ

(707) 565-3856 or 2-1-1. This is the number to call regarding information and recovery resources.

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have opened at locations in Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley.  The DRC’s are a continuation of the locally led assistance center that opened in the early days of the fire response.  The Sonoma Valley DRC is open seven days a week from 9 am – 7 pm at Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive.

Affected residents and businesses can visit the DRC for in-person support when seeking state and federal aid. Representatives from FEMA will be at these locations to provide information about disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a Recovery Center. You will not be asked to show proof of legal citizenship to receive assistance.

Learn more about the Disaster Recovery Centers and available services at sonomacountyrecovers.org.

Since the North Bay fires began, about 359,000 PG&E customers lost electric power  and about 42,000 lost gas service.  PG&E has now restored service to all who can receive it.

PG&E has asked the CPUC to waive fees involved with getting temporary power for rebuilding. Customers affected by the fires can go to www.pge.com/cco to sign up for a single point of contact to guide through the entire process of re-establishing service.

PG&E has launched a one-stop resource site for all fire-related and rebuilding information at www.pgecommitment.com.

 

Information on roads in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County that are closed or have restricted access can be found at the County’s road closures map and road conditions page.

The top priority at this time appears to be financial donations.  Various organizations have established fundraisers; the focus may vary.  Among them:

Sonoma Strong Fire Relief and Recovery by Sonoma Valley Rotary

Sonoma County Resilience Fund

North Bay Fire Relief

Rebuild Wine Country

If you would like to volunteer your time to help those affected by the fires please email the Volunteer Center: info@volunteernow.org or call: 707-573-3399. You’ll be contacted by the County of Sonoma. www.volunteernow.org.

Local volunteers have compiled donation information in support of Fire Relief at northbayfiredonations.com.

The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters’ Association has established two donation funds.

Unfortunately, after a disaster can be a time when scam artists and unscrupulous people may try to take advantage of victims and the generosity of the community. The Sonoma  County Office of the District Attorney has put out some information on their Consumer Alerts page regarding “Wildfire Disaster – Price Gouging and Disaster Scams“.  It includes information about filing a complaint.

Please also be aware of individuals posing as government representatives and seeking personal information, such as your social security or bank account information.

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is conducting one-on-one outreach to local businesses to assess needs, and is also collecting information on available resources for businesses affecting by the fires, including employment issues and economic injury as well as direct fire damage.  The Sonoma County Economic Development Board is providing business resources on their fire recovery page, and has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to open a Business Recovery Center at their offices in Santa Rosa.

 

Visit the new “Rain Ready” page at sonomacountyrecovers.org to learn about possible impacts from rains on burned areas, what is being done by public agencies, and what steps property owners in affected areas can take.

The City of Sonoma’s water supply and distribution system was not compromised by the fires.  Sonoma’s primary source of water is supplied by the Sonoma County Water Agency.  The Water Agency pumps water that is naturally filtered through rock, sand and gravel from wells about 100 feet below the bed of the Russian River and transports that water down Sonoma Valley in an underground aqueduct.  The City has seven deep wells that supplement the purchased water supply. These wells were protected during the fires and are not impacted by surface runoff from burned areas.

 

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