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Northern Bay Area Fire News

Here are some updates from the fire ravaged areas:

From Stan at the Sonoma County SCI Peer Support Group

Today’s (10/16/17) meeting of the Sonoma County SCI Peer Support group has been canceled. The next meeting will be on November 20th


Read Christina Burke’s moving tribute to Christina Hanson, who lost her life in the wine country wildfires.

Greg Milano from BORP writes:  Several BORP community members have offered accessible rooms in their homes for evacuees in need of homes. Please email me if you know of anyone in need and I will connect them to you.

From Inga at the DSLC in Santa Rosa:

Dear DSLC Friends,
We wanted to let you know that Disability Services & Legal Center is open and will continue to provide assistance at our regular hours Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. We also continue to have staff working with the County Emergency Operation Center to coordinate services to our local residents with disabilities.

We have our information table at the Local Assistance Center at the Press Democrat building.

From Paul Mundell, CEO, Canine Companions for Independence

Dear members of the Canine Companions community,

I’m writing to update you on the effects that the wildfires in Northern California are having on Canine Companions and our Northwest Region Training Center. To begin, it is important to note that the Schulz campus remains safe and is in an area of Santa Rosa that is not currently threatened by the fires. However, due to the deterioration in the air quality to unhealthy levels, a forecast calling for higher winds, and an increasing number of staff who have been personally affected by the fire and subject to evacuation, we made the decision to evacuate the dogs and puppies to areas further from the fire and suspended a Team Training placement class. Click here to continue reading about status of the CCI campus.

The Sacramento Spinal Foundation is presenting a webinar on “Emergency Preparation For People w/ Disabilities”

Date Time: Nov 1, 2017 1:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada)

Presenter : Gina Biter-Mundt, M.A. of Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center

Click here to register to participate in the webinar


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Northern California Wildfires

Dear PNP subscribers,

2017 Statewide Fire Map

As you all undoubtedly know, wildfires are still burning out of control in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties. After a short break in the weather, dry windy conditions are expected to return later tonight.

If you live in one of the affected areas, you can sign up for evacuation and other emergency messages by visiting www.nixle.com. At that site, you can sign up to receive text messages alerts. You can also sign up for mobile alerts by texting your ZIP CODE to 888777 from your cell phone. You can chose English or Spanish alerts.

As of this moment, all of Calistoga and Geyserville are under a mandatory evacuation order. A list of known evacuation shelters can be found at this evacuation center link.

Those looking for missing people in Sonoma County can call (707) 565-3856.

Watch a FEMA video about the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program to help disabled disaster evacuees find a temporary hotel/motel during a disaster in American Sign Language (ASL).

Preparing for evacuation: Tonight, high winds are expected to resume. Though not as bad as what was observed Sunday night and early Monday morning, peak gusts of up to 40 mph are forecast for the region. It’s not too late to take steps that might save your life. Here are some tips:

  • Be ready to evacuate on short notice. As a point of reference, I’m a fully dependent quad and it took at least 15 minutes to get me out of bed and into my power wheelchair. If the fire had blown our way, we would not have had 20 minutes.
  • Locate a flashlight and an AM/FM radio, the wind has been knocking down trees and power lines. Test your batteries and replace if necessary.
  • Pack clothes, toiletry supplies, medication, and other medical necessities now.
  • Be sure to charge cell phones and wheelchairs now, and pack chargers.
  • Identify two routes out of your location.
  • Don’t forget to pack for your pets, including portable kennels, small pet carriers, leashes, and pet food.

If you’d like to help, please consider donating to organizations that are on the ground working tirelessly to support those affected. Some include:

Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) Disaster Relief Fund

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) Community Fund

100% of your donations will go directly to assist those affected by the fires.

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DSLC Tech Expo Postponed

The DSLC Tech Expo, has been postponed from it’s scheduled date of Oct 13th. The venue is currently being used as a shelter for people displaced by the many fires burning in Northern California. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the fires.

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DSLC Assistive Technology Expo, Oct 13th

Assistive Technology Expo

Join the Disability Services and Legal Center on Friday, October 13th, 10am to 3pm, Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Grace Pavilion, with free admission and parking.

This event will showcase the latest technology and services that enable people with disabilities and senior citizens to live/work independently and be an equal part of the community. Exhibitors will display and promote their products and services to individuals, educating them on the use of assistive technology, modified vehicles, sexual health, home modification options, adaptive equipment, funding resources, alternative medicine and more. The goal is to provide individuals with disabilities and aging community access services and support for their overall health and wellness in our community.

Click here to read more at mydslc.org

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Paying it forward: Hurricane and Earthquake Relief

A String of disasters have recently struck our friends and neighbors to the south.  They all need our help, and here is some information on ways we all can help out.  A donation of any size will make a difference!  Here are some links to help guide your giving:

From Charity Navigator.org
Charities Providing Aid to Those Affected By Earthquakes in Mexico
Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey


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