Note: these stories are from 2019, and photos are pre-COVID-19. In Sonoma, Marin, Solano, and Napa Counties, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) + the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) operate Emergency Volunteer Centers and/or help with emergency evacuations. We work with government and nonprofit agencies to gather and assess community needs on an ongoing basis when a disaster strikes. Additionally, we help oversee and manage physical and monetary donations by distributing them to nonprofit agencies helping individuals directly affected.
The recent Kincade Fire raged for 11 days, burning nearly 78,000 acres — an area more than double the size of San Francisco. The Kincade Fire forced more than 180,000 residents out of their homes. Of the 374 buildings it destroyed, 174 were residential.
When a disaster strikes, many step up to help. We are incredibly grateful to our first responders who put themselves in danger to save lives. But what happens when the critical first response work is completed – once the victims have been transported, the injured treated, and fires suppressed? The workers on the scene in the days, weeks and months after a disaster see less of the limelight. Second responders work to clean up the ravages of a disaster area, stabilize infrastructure and help return regions to normal operations. Although they may not literally be putting out fires, those who work in the nonprofit sector play a vital role in disaster recovery.
Below are some of our second responder stories from last week.