*Updated as of 11/21/17 3:48pm
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Most needs/resources can be posted and found at: www.sonomacounty.recovers.org
Volunteer Information - Active Needs
Interested in volunteering please click the link below to sign up. We will email you when there is a need. Thank you for all the continued love and support!
Santa Rosa/Rohnert Park/Sebastopol
Donation Updates - PETALUMA
Refer to www.sonomacounty.recovers.org if you need donations, or if you have items to donate.
DONATION DROP OFF
Redwood Empire Food Bank REFB at 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa
SLYC Kidz 4th Annual Giving Event - For Tubbs Fire Survivors: Currently, we are collecting donations (love gift cards) & matching families with a special Secret Santa #SonomaCountyStrong
MONETARY DONATIONS NEEDED:
There are so many ways to give!
BR Cohn winery has established a go fund me account that will be used to purchase gift cards for families affected by the fires. They will match the donations up to $25,000. https://www.gofundme.com/vweheartofthevine
Places to STAY - Including RV camping
FIRE VICTIM RESOURCES
Resources for Assistance:
The following are new hours at the main centers offering financial assistance and casework support to fire affected individuals and businesses:
Red Cross caseworkers help people create recovery plans, complete paperwork, find help from other agencies and provide limited financial assistance for those who qualify (whose homes were destroyed or suffered major damage).
Even if you checked in with Red Cross at a shelter, you need to stop by our service centers or call our Assistance Hotline at (866) 272-2237 to connect with a Red Cross caseworker to discuss the available resources and tools to support your individual recovery. You do not need to be an American citizen to receive Red Cross Assistance. Please bring some proof of pre-disaster address such as a utility bill.
Location: 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa
11/21 9 am - 7 pm
11/22 9 am - 12 pm
CLOSED 11/23 - 11/26
11/27 - 12/4 9 am - 7 pm
Sonoma County Disaster Recovery Centers
Affected residents and businesses can visit the Disaster Recovery Centers 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 affected residents and businesses apply for aid. If possible, please register with FEMA before visiting a Recovery Center. You will not be asked to show proof of legal citizenship to receive assistance.
Santa Rosa Disaster Recovery Center
Location Press Democrat Building 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Hours of Operation (New Hours Beginning Monday, November 20th) Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm Saturday-Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm (CLOSED on Thursday, November 23rd)
Parking Parking is free off of B St. in the City lot. The Disaster Recovery Center is just three blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall.
Sonoma Valley Disaster Recovery Center
Location Hanna Boys Center 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Hours of Operation (New Hours Beginning Monday, November 20th) Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Sunday: Closed (CLOSED on Thursday, November 23rd)
Parking Parking is located on site, public transportation is also available.
NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW PROJECT
NorCAL Rapid Response: Thank you to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Governor's Office for sharing these resources:
FEMA Longer Term Assistance (e.g. Individuals and Household Program) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. It is available if at least one household member is a U.S. citizen or a "qualified" immigrant. For example, undocumented individuals can apply on behalf of a minor child who is a citizen and has a social security number. FEMA can provide information about obtaining a social security number for a minor child. The minor child must live with the parent/guardian applying on his/her behalf.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance requires that a person be work authorized (and have been work authorized or PRUCOL during the base period)
Other Major Benefits Programs Major benefit programs tend to be more flexible about requiring documentation immediately after a disaster – but may require applicants to declare that they have an eligible status – so applicants need to be careful.
For more information about current California eligibility see NILC Major Benefits Programs chart: https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/programs-available-to-immigrants-in-calif/
State Emergency Services California's AB 2327 (among other things) requires that public employees provide assistance to survivors of disaster without eliciting any information or documentation not strictly necessary to determine eligibility
Funds and Services on the Ground Compiled by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). Links to funds available and organizations in the region to support: https://www.gcir.org/initiatives/natural-disaster-response
Replacing Vital Records and Other Disaster Assistance and Recovery Links from LawHelp: Information on how to replace identification, birth, marriage and death certificates, etc. Guide to insurance legal rights, claim guidance and more. For more information: http://www.lawhelpca.org/subtopics/disaster-assistance-and-recovery
Evacuation Centers/Shelters Several local officials have made public statements to make clear that these shelters are open to everyone regardless of immigration status. The list includes many churches and schools that are hopefully seen as trusted spaces. For more information including a list of evacuation centers: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/ICESite/Pages/October-2017-Northern-California-Fires.aspx
Resources re: benefits an undocumented person may be eligible for and whether applying may be risky.
Insurance / Legal Services:
Free Health / Wellness
Free Child Care (Licensed)
Daycare Owl ha reunido a más de una docena de proveedores de cuidados infantiles y ofrecerá este servicio de forma gratuita a las familias desplazadas por los incendios forestales en el norte de California. Proveedores de cuidados infantiles de toda la zona del norte de Californiase están sumando al apoyo brindado a su estado en estos tiempos de necesidad. Si usted es padre o madre y los incendios forestales afectaron a su familia, comuníquese a la creciente lista de proveedores de Daycare Owl. Quienes no puedan encontrar un proveedor cerca del refugio donde se encuentran deben enviar un correo-e a firstname.lastname@example.org. Los proveedores de cuidados infantiles que deseen donar servicios de cuidado infantil pueden enviar un correo-e a email@example.com.
Pets / Animal Boarding / Animal Rescue / Fostering
Shelters taking in Small Animals:
Places taking in Horses/Livestock:
Large Animal Transport:
There are plenty of people willing to help out for overflow animals. Please reference their contact info here >
Advice from former fire victim:
(1) Contact your insurance companies. Most will cover hotel stays, apart from the usual coverage.
(2) Call your credit card companies and have the last 3-6 months of your purchases reimbursed back (get a police report that testifies you are a fire victim).
(3) If you are renting and are a minor, your parents' home insurance may cover your belongings.
(4) Call your chain retail stores and see what they can offer to fire victims.
Other REFERENCES & LINKS
All-in-one resources for Nixle Signup, access to this Google Doc, Current Evac Information, volunteer needs, EOCs, Fire Dept, and Current Fire Maps: