Hi All, I hope you are able to catch your breath (literally and figuratively) after all that we have been through over the last couple of months. As I write, the air quality index is shining green in the single digits. I am delighted to be able to sit outside without an N95 mask on as I prepare this email for you. I am also grateful for the chance for my nervous system to settle down after weeks of being on edge and living with uncertainty. I'm sure you know what I mean. For those of you directly affected by the fires, I'm sure you are still navigating your path to recovery. I think of you often.
I envision our next Leadership meeting to be similar to the debrief that we had after the Kincade fire last year. We will get an overview of the event from the fire official's perspective, law enforcement and the county. Then we will identify lessons learned; what worked and didn't work then discuss ways we can better prepare for the next emergency. What are some concrete ways we can work together to improve?
3:30 PM Introductions and announcements
3:45 PM Chief Marshall Turbeville, overview of incident
4:00 PM Sam Wallis, Alert and Warnings Manager, Sonoma county
4:15 Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
4:30 Dyan and Margie Lessons Learned from Community Leaders/Group Discussion
Topic: COPE Leadership
Time: Sep 21, 2020 03:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Learn the basics of Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) development with Fire Safe Sonoma. The purpose of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is to identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend current best practices as to the types and methods of treatment on land that will protect one or more at-risk communities. Additionally, CWPPs recommend measures to reduce structural ignitability. CWPPs are collaborative agreements, developed by at-risk communities in consultation with various interested parties and agreed to by the appropriate local government, fire department and CAL FIRE. September 24, 2020 2:00 PM. Here is the link to register.
A new video from the Department of Emergency Management, Build your home shelter in place kit available in English and Spanish. They have a bunch of good stuff on their YouTube channel and Facebook so check it out.
Attached please find a letter from Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara summarizing recent wildfire actions taken to further assist survivors, displaced residents, and businesses affected by the current and recent wildfires. The notices include:
A message from CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara:
I wanted to notify you of the attached official Notice that the California Department of Insurance sent out this morning, calling for a virtual investigatory hearing on Monday, October 19, 2020 regarding potential administrative changes to existing insurance regulations and practices that will help address the pervasive and increasing challenges that homeowners face when seeking and maintaining insurance in high wildfire risk regions of California, especially in light of climate change.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mobile Response Intake Center is open at the Sonoma County Office of Education, 5430 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
The center is open daily, Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.
At the intake center, fire survivors can register for FEMA assistance, check the status of their FEMA applications, find information about programs and agencies that can help speed their recovery, receive answers to questions and find out whether they can still receive assistance if they have insurance.
Survivors can register with FEMA in one of three ways: by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov; by downloading the FEMA app to a smartphone or tablet; or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The helpline staff can also answer questions about applications already submitted.
PG&E Supports Customers Impacted by Recent Lightning-Sparked Wildfires
As part of its commitment to help communities recover from the August wildfires in Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has outlined a series of billing and service modifications available to support customers in impacted areas.
Billing Support: As part of its comprehensive disaster billing and credit policy, PG&E will:
Stop estimated energy usage for billing attributed to the time period when the home/unit was unoccupied as a result of the emergency;
Discontinue billing for destroyed homes or businesses; and
Prorate any monthly access charge or minimum charges.
For residential and small-business customers, disconnections for non-payment have been suspended, as well as associated fees.
Credit Support: PG&E is committed to providing customers gas and electric service regardless of their ability to pay during this difficult time. PG&E already does not charge residential and small-business customers deposits or reconnection fees.
Flexible Payment Plans: Once wildfire-impacted customers start receiving gas and electric service again, flexible payment plans are available.
Bill Assistance Programs
In addition, PG&E offers additional programs for customers who qualify to help save money on their PG&E bill:
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Qualified households can save 20 percent or more each month on their energy bill.
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: Separate from CARE, income-qualified households with three or more people can apply for a monthly discount on their electric bill.
Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH): Provides income-qualified customers with financial assistance during times of hardship. Customers impacted by the wildfires are eligible for financial assistance. Certain limitations may apply.
Medical Baseline: Residential customers who have additional energy needs due to certain qualifying medical conditions can receive a lower rate on monthly energy bills. There are no income qualifications. Visit www.pge.com/medicalbaseline for more information.
Dedicated Support Contact
For customers who chose to rebuild, they will be assigned a dedicated member of the PG&E Community Rebuild Team through the "Customer Connections" portal, who will provide the following:
In-Person and Online Support: PG&E has dedicated service support for customers to initiate and track new and temporary electric service installation requests through www.pge.com/cco.
Expediting Service Requests: Expediting move-in and move-out service requests. PG&E is also offering the ability to re-establish service under a prior rate schedule.
No Temporary Service Fees: PG&E will waive fees for establishing temporary service for rebuilding purposes.
For more information, please visit pge.com/consumer-protections. PG&E is continuing to work across the company to review policies and procedures to ensure it is supporting and providing relief to customers who were impacted by wildfires.
PG&E's customer service personnel are available any time of day through PG&E's dedicated Building and Renovation line. Call 877-743-7782 and push #4 for wildfire victim support.
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By the way, we know they are not all men! See you soon, Priscilla