Monday Motivation | Community Born From The Ashes #SonomaStrong
Over the weekend, fires in Northern California raged, burning thousands of acres of land and forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. The people of Sonoma County have prepared to face emergencies like the Kincade Fire that doubled over the weekend, burning through nearly 60,000 acres at this point due to hurricane-like winds early Sunday morning.
— Sara Zendehnam (@szendehnam) October 28, 2019
While the destruction is devastating and stressful, the silver lining is the outpouring of support for the displaced people and animals. The #SonomaStrong are assisting each other with minute-to-minute updates through social media communications while California’s utility provider, PG&E has shut off power to millions in an effort to prevent fires from starting in other areas.
It’s easy to say that material things are replaceable and yes, in time, beds, pillows, blankets, clothing, cutlery, diapers, medications and everything else lost in the fire can be replaced, thousands are left without provisions they need to survive today.
Celebrity chef, Jose Andres’ organization World Central Kitchen, has activated #ChefsForCalifornia and is serving meals to the 3,400 firefighters and hundreds of first responders on the ground in addition to evacuees.
#KincadeFire update: We served just under 6000 meals today with @WCKitchen here at the Sonoma Fairgrounds. DM me if you want to volunteer anytime this week. We would prefer kitchen experience, but if you have a strong back and can handle a knife, we’ll take you. pic.twitter.com/4Ubo9asjvg
— Tyler Florence (@TylerFlorence) October 28, 2019
Additionally, Airbnb is offering free temporary housing to evacuees and dozens of churches and community organizations are opening their doors to displaced neighbors while fire rescue teams from all over the state and Oregon help to protect Sonoma County neighborhoods from further destruction.
#KincadeFire slows overnight after rushing toward areas of Santa Rosa hit by the deadly 2017 Tubbs Fire.
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 28, 2019
According to Cal Fire, the Kincade Fire is not expected to be contained until as late as November 7th which means people will need resources, provisions, food and shelter for days, if not weeks until the evacuation orders are lifted. Get motivated and do what you can to help. Donations can be made through Nor Cal Fire Donation List.
Thanks to all of the first responders who are holding the line against the fire and protecting communities across the state of California. Follow the latest at #kincadefire on Twitter.