Dear PNP subscribers,
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:
100% of your donations will go directly to assist those affected by the fires.