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Community Gatherings Offer Healing for Emotional Wounds After Disasters [publicintegrity.org]

 

By Megan Cattel, The Center for Public Integrity, August 25, 2020

After the Tubbs Fire in 2017, Anabel Garcia felt on edge every time an ambulance siren blared outside her home in Santa Rosa, California. Sirens reminded her of evacuating during the state’s second-deadliest wildfire, which killed 22 and destroyed 5,000 homes. Flames reached as close as five miles from her family’s house.

“It terrified us,” Garcia said in Spanish. “But it was scarier having to go through it all a second time.”

She means the Kincade Fire, which blazed through Sonoma County last fall. Garcia recalled the roads being blocked for hours, preventing her, her husband and their two teenage children from evacuating.

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I'd love to speak more to this, and also join in offering many kinds of supports and facilitations for those willing to do it.

One of my colleagues on the Humanitarian Committee has spent untold hours and months in the Shasta County CA area holding these kinds of groups to help process, recover and heal. Our committee has a perfect site that anyone can use, featuring what we call 'Emotional First-Aid.' It is free, and we urge anyone interested to go there, use it, refer to it, and spread the word.  Here it is:  www.R4R.support 

Thank you for the work you do, for sharing, and for reaching out collaboratively to provide more robust and comprehensive supports.

Hi Jondi, It would be great to if you wanted to join one of the Sonoma County ACEs Connection calls. We meet on the 4th Wed of each month at 3:30. Please reach out if you're interested! Karen

Thank you for sharing. I would love to continue seeing articles like this that capture how this pandemic is breaking down our cultures, communities, and well being. People need people, we all need concrete support in times of need-something that the internet cannot provide. 

 

I'd love to speak more to this, and also join in offering many kinds of supports and facilitations for those willing to do it.

One of my colleagues on the Humanitarian Committee has spent untold hours and months in the Shasta County CA area holding these kinds of groups to help process, recover and heal. Our committee has a perfect site that anyone can use, featuring what we call 'Emotional First-Aid.' It is free, and we urge anyone interested to go there, use it, refer to it, and spread the word.  Here it is:  www.R4R.support 

Thank you for the work you do, for sharing, and for reaching out collaboratively to provide more robust and comprehensive supports.

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