Fire Recovery Resources

ANNOUNCING: $700,000 GRANT TO SONOMA LAND TRUST TO PROTECT CRITICAL OPEN SPACE LAND AT SONOMA DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER [CFSC]

By Caitlin Childs, June 26, 2019, Community Foundation Sonoma County We are so pleased to announce this wonderful news: Thanks to the vision of a family that cared deeply about the future of Sonoma County, the Sonoma Land Trust has received a $700,000 grant from Community Foundation Sonoma County and our regional affiliate the Sonoma Valley Fund to protect more than 700 acres of open space, trails and natural resources at the site of the former Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC). This grant...

SonomaCountyRecovers: Official recovery information for Sonoma County fires

When we experience a disaster, people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With community and family support, most of us bounce back. Some of us, however, may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties. Everyone, even the people that others look up to for guidance and assistance, is entitled to their feelings and deserves support throughout the recovery process. If you or someone in your care needs additional assistance recovering emotionally from the...

Find out about events to observe the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires at SonomaCountyRecovers.org

You may have heard about a number of events that are planned around the county to observe the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires. A listing of these events can be found at SonomaCountyRecovers.org . The anniversary of our October 2017 fires is not just a typical day, it is a day where many may feel disillusioned and realize they are still working their grief. It is a day where while we might have to go to work, we have to remember to take care of ourselves and remember it is...

FREE Train-the-Trainer to enhance resilience and meditation skills in a post-fire Sonoma County

A new coalition, the Sonoma County Resiliency Collaborative, is offering a free train-the-trainer taught by the Center for Mind Body Medicine. The training program is about the neuroscience of trauma (including new studies about the difference between men and women) with a focus on environmental disasters and trauma and the various techniques to heal from trauma, mainly training a cohort in different forms of meditation. If you weren’t able to join us on July 26 to hear about this...

Preparing People for Climate Change in California: Sonoma County Listens and Shares

Last summer Bob Doppelt asked me to join a planning committee for a conference on climate change . I was surprised to be asked as my recent professional expertise is tied to addressing childhood adversity. Bob changed my perspective on the relevance by saying, "Adversity and trauma are the social side effects of climate-related disasters. Imagine the social-emotional impacts on Katrina survivors." The connection was a glimmer in my mind, but I agreed to support a California conference .

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Training in Santa Rosa on July 27-28.

Dear Colleagues, We would like to invite you to join us for a Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Training that we are hosting in Santa Rosa on July 27-28. The attached flyer includes a more detailed description of the content and link for registration. It isn’t often that we have the chance to attend training on evidenced-based practices to care for clients affected by natural disasters. Caring for wildfire survivors is clinically different in its approach – yet very few local...

Soco Rises Updates 7.16.18

SOCO RISES UPDATES... Summit Video is now available! If you happened to miss the excellent speakers and discussion that occurred at our Summit on Equity, Recovery, & Resilience, or would like to refer back to some of the advice and experience shared by our guests, a full recording is now available on the Summit website. Choose from one speaker's presentation, the question & answer panel, or the entire summit. You can also view the results from the audience participation activities...

Public Health Matters Blog Posts: Using trauma-informed care to guide emergency preparedness and response

"Exposure to a traumatic event or set of circumstances can negatively affect a person’s mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being for a long time after the initial incident. We know that not all individuals respond to trauma in the same way and we know that individuals with a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma, are more likely to experience psychological distress and are at increased risk for the development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with future...

Community Partners Invited to Share Ideas for Recovery

From the Sonoma County Office of Recovery: Sonoma County Recovers Together Come share your ideas about what actions will lead to a successful recovery and resilient future for Sonoma County. Topics include: preparedness, infrastructure, housing, economy, natural resources, and safety net services that are important to your organization, including health and human services. July 10 th , 6 - 8 pm: Sonoma County Office of Education July 11 th , 6 - 8 pm: Sebastopol Center for the Arts July 25...

First Responder Resiliency Center is hosting a conference in Sonoma, CA on June 29-July 1

The First Responder Resiliency Center, a nonprofit organization, is hosting a Resiliency Conference from June 29-July 1. It will be held at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, CA. To register: https://resiliencytrainingcenter.com/training/conference/june-2018/ The First Responders Resiliency Conference is a comprehensive event where participants will be asked to learn and participate in modalities designed to create new ways of thinking, processing and utilizing creative outlets to mitigate stress...

Addressing Trauma and Building Resiliency as Comprehensive Disaster Planning and Response

The attached memo is intended to make observations about communities affected by disaster-related trauma, and to offer recommendations for trauma-informed recovery. Community examples provide case studies or models for other communities grappling with similar issues. Suggested resources and tools provide communities with support for accelerated action. Memo authors represent active cross sector networks that contribute to resilient community infrastructure development, awareness building,...

Sonoma County Resiliency Collaborative A Practical Approach to Post-Wildlife Resilience and Wellbeing

The traumatic events of the North Bay wildfires affect our emotional and physical health, social functioning, and overall well-being, both as individuals and as a community. Unresolved, they can damage our health and limit our potential to rebuild a strong community. Join diverse Sonoma County leaders and representatives to participate in dynamic workshop where you will practice tools for effectively addressing personal and team stress after the fires, network with peers, and learn about an...

Listening Session – North Bay Wildfires on June 14

See attached flyer. Please forward to your e-mail distribution lists and share with your clients, colleagues, family, friends, neighbors, etc. What: Listening Session – October 2017 North Bay Wildfires When: Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 1:00-3:00 p.m. Where: Salvation Army (Chapel Room) 93 Stony Cir. – Santa Rosa, CA Who: Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties We are interested in hearing about the experiences of community members with disabilities and from...

Post-wildfire report on nonprofit services: mental health a critical need, services to most vulnerable citizens impacted

At the end of 2017, Community Foundation of Sonoma County and Napa Valley Community Foundation enlisted the Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct a survey of local nonprofit organizations about the impacts of the wildfires on the people they serve and on their organizational capacity to provide services in response. While reading CEP Advisory Services " 2018 Wildfire Response Survey " report through an ACEs and trauma-informed lens, the following findings jumped out at me: 1. Mental...

Save the Date! Skills for Psychological Recovery Training July 27-28

Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Training Save the Date! Skills for Psychological Recovery Training July 27-28, 8:30 - 4:30 Location: Sonoma County (Site TBD) 12 CE's for Psychologists, RNs, LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs Trainer: Dr. Patricia Watson is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, and assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. Patricia Watson, Ph.D. is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD,...

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