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I also strongly recommend that people sign up for Nixle. It’s a text alert system used to disseminate public safety information. You can check with your city or county to see if they use Nixle to send alerts. I received several very helpful texts during the peak of Ashland’s fire season this year letting me know about wildfires near Ashland, community meetings and road closures etc.
Thanks for starting this thread. I just left a home perched on the coast of Manhattan Beach where I was visiting dear friends and watched the Woolsey Fire horror unfold from the safety their balcony. Truly awful.
Anyway, my colleagues and I created a resource to help folks recover from the emotional impact of any kind of disaster (hurricanes, floods, fires). One of my colleagues is even using it to help people impacted by shooting sprees.
I welcome everyone to download this and share it widely with anyone you know who has been involved in a disaster. The research clearly shows that when people address the emotional impact of a disaster using the sorts of somatic tools I provide here in this toolkit, it prevents the stress of surviving from becoming physical. When we are in a disaster like these fires, we mobilize survival energy in order fight, flee etc. When that energy is not fully discharged, it becomes lodged in our bodies such that unwanted effects emerge. For you skeptics out there, I recommend The Body Keeps The Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, a pioneer in the field of trauma and someone very vocal of the impact on society of the epidemic of unresolved trauma.
The journey is more important than the destinatiom.
The journey is more important than the destinatiom.
If anyone out there is in Southern Oregon and wants to come together to build tribe, Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan are holding a tribe building salon this coming Saturday from 9am until 5pm. From Bill & Zoe:
This workshop is for people longing for their own long-term, bonded community of people, we call tribe. This “new” tribe is designed to deepen love and connection in your life. It also creates a safety net to navigate rapidly changing times. This non-residential model (everyone has their own home) we have developed will bring you joy and save you years of struggle attempting to learn what we have to share. The Process: You will learn by doing – actually experiencing the ways of the tribe as you come to know the values, skills and needed structure.
If you are interested in joining us, please send me a message and I will put you in touch with Bill.
This summer's Chetco Bar fire which grew to over 190,000 acres caused evacuations in Brookings, OR, one of the Oregon coastal towns. Travel on Highway 101 was significantly impacted. I think anywhere a town is on the edge of a forest, there is increased risk of fire.
Thank you for your thoughts, words of encouragement and information. I especially appreciate the information about water because it is one of my biggest concerns with this area. I am spurred to get more serious about conservation and reuse and see what I can do where I live. For starters next week I will pick up a free moisture meter the city is handing out to all of the residents.
I will definitely keep you all posted of how it's going. So far, so good.
The effort to increase granny units is focused on large enough rural, residential properties and not in true suburban areas like Coffee Park. The woman I was talking to about it has a 5 acre parcel. The planning department in Sonoma County has a reputation of being extremely challenging when it comes to getting a permit even for clearly legal uses. Delays in permitting already legal uses are not helpful when we are facing a massive housing shortage.
Yes, some of the areas affected are quite pricey. However, the Coffee Park neighborhood, which was leveled, is a very middle class neighborhood. The Tubbs fire also leveled the Journey's End mobile home park and damaged several homes in the Coddingtown mobile home park. Here's a list of damaged buildings. The housing crisis in Sonoma County was awful before this, especially pressuring people on the low to middle end of the socioeconomic scale. I had dinner at restaurant in Sebastopol last night and happened to sit next to a couple who lost their home in the fire but they own a residential property management business. They said there is nothing available. They plan to advocate to Sonoma County to make it much easier for people to add granny units when they rebuild, a movement already underway before the fires. These fires will negatively affect housing pricing and availability here in Sonoma County and neighboring counties for a long time to come. How ironic that I am moving to Ashland, Oregon next Wednesday.
For those interested in following events as they happen our local radio station is doing an unbelievable job interviewing all of the officials involved in this disaster. You can live stream them.
Thankfully, the winds predicted for last night did not materialize. The county assessor was just live on KSRO saying that they plan to reduce assessed values of damaged properties prior to the December 1st tax bill.