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    MikeH
     

    Fire Recovery Community Listening Forum


    When
    Wednesday, July 11th;6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Where Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
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    I post this in case anyone wants to attend. It has to do with various County policies going forward, to get input from the community.

    Initially, it had to do with future disaster preparedness, but it is now much larger. Attend if you'd like to provide input on issues, such as housing, environmental concerns. And emergency alert policy, and how to prevent fires. Vegetation management policy.

    See you there!

    Sebastopol Center for the Arts. This is the building near Ives Park.

    Here is the official link

    Fire Recovery - Community Listening Forum
    July 11, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    Sebastopol Center for the Arts
    282 S. High Street, Sebastopol

    The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in Fire Recovery Community Listening Sessions that will gather public input and shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan that will provide a framework for our County’s future.

    At each meeting, County staff will provide a brief overview of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the five strategic areas identified by the Board of Supervisors in December 2017. The Office’s mission is to help the County recover from the October 2017 wildfires and emerge better prepared, stronger and more resilient from the disaster.

    The five strategic areas:

    • Community preparedness and infrastructure
    • Housing
    • Natural resources
    • Economy
    • Safety net services
    Spanish translation, California HOPE counselors and child care will be available at all of the forums. Refreshments will be served.
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    Re: Fire Recovery Community Listening Forum

    Location:  Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
    I have to wonder why you posted this the day of the meeting instead of at least a few days before so people could plan ahead to show up. I have to wonder if you really want to hear what people have to say about the fires or not. There are a lot of things that need to be addressed. It’s much easier if you don’t have to hear all of the voices, isn’t it.

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    I post this in case anyone wants to attend. It has to do with various County policies going forward, to get input from the community.
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    MikeH
     

    Re: Fire Recovery Community Listening Forum

    Location:  Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
    Well it was packed, or at least well attended. There are three more upcoming. You need not even attend one in "your district." You can attend any, they are all the same, will be attended by the same County Staff.

    https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Office-o...ency/Calendar/

    July 25, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM


    August 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM


    August 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    The easiest upcoming one for Sebastopol area residents to attend will be at the Finley Center, corner of West College Avenue and Stony Point Road in West Santa Rosa.

    Fire Recovery, Community Listening Forum, August 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    Finley Community Center
    2060 West College Avenue
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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    Re: Fire Recovery Community Listening Forum

    Location:  Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
    One thing that was discussed was the failure to send an appropriate alert the night of Oct 9th. It was said, whether you are talking cell phone or landline, the alert would have needed to be county-wide. Either send the alert to everyone or no-one. The decision not to send the county-wide alert was made. The representative from county emergency services said that was a mistake, and if they had it to do again, or in a similar future event the county-wide alert would go out.

    The exception to that as far as Oct 9th, is for those that had been signed up for SOCO Alerts. There were some alerts sent to those people. So they could have sent easily county-wide alerts to all landlines and also cell phones, chose not to do that and instead sent a few targeted alerts to a subset of people signed up for SOCO Alerts.

    You can sign up here, put your location and register your phone number -

    http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/FES/Emergency-Management/SoCoAlert/

    Also the system for sending cell phone alerts has been updated, so going forward it can be targeted to geographical areas, not just county-wide or nothing. Making sure there was coverage by old-fashioned sirens was also discussed.

    We also discussed housing. And the proposal to add 30,000 new housing units by 2020. That would be on top of rebuilt homes lost to the fire.

    A passionate Occidental resident was there who said the Water Agency has already "over-allocated" available water going into the future, and is contractually obligated to supply into the indefinite future seemingly more than they can.
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