Hi friends, quick update to let you know The Kitchen Girl has been on hold since the firestorms erupted across several counties in Northern California on Sunday, Oct 8. One of those fires was just a few miles away from my residence. We’re safe, but broken-hearted for so many in neighboring counties that are deeply affected by this disaster.
Sonoma County Firestorm Check-In
When natural disaster knocks at your door, you get yourself safe…and then you help others. Then you continue staying safe, and you continue helping others. It’s what you do.
This past week has been unpredictable, crazy, and stressful…
~ watching wildfires burn our nearby hills for days
~ being under ‘advisory’ evacuation, with necessities packed for days
~ putting EVERYTHING on hold for days
~ knowing hundreds of people have lost homes in neighboring communities and feeling the heartbreak for days
~ avoiding sensationalized news…but trying to get the story for days.
One week has felt like months. Every day has been a ‘wait and see’ kind of day. Watch the fire burn. Wait for Nixle updates. Rinse and repeat. Get cabin fever.
Time to VOLUNTEER! So I went to Santa Rosa, the epicenter of residential wildfire damage and emergency evacuation centers.
My first day scouting volunteer opportunities, I ended up at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, in the donations receiving area. Other volunteers couldn’t believe I left my little town that was under advisory evacuation.
I felt the same way about working alongside people who had just lost a home, who also had cabin fever from being stuck inside the evacuation shelter for days.
Since last week, I’ve been staying safe, and trying to help others when possible. So thank you for understanding and bearing with my absence of new content.
Most evacuations have been lifted in the past 24 hours, while ours is still in effect. The road ahead is long for so many North Bay residents and businesses.
Volunteers will be in demand for months to come!
Where to volunteer or donate funds for wine country fire relief:
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County has an active listing of local volunteer opportunities with several agencies. Many skills are needed for fire relief, as well as ongoing community opportunities. They also have monetary donation opportunities as well.
North Bay Fire Relief is a monetary donation center established with Redwood Credit Union. You can appoint your donation to any or all of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, or Mendocino counties.
Sonoma Fire Info website also has a volunteer listing for fire relief opportunities…and a great deal of general information about the wine country fires.