Disaster Resilience, Relief and Recovery News
Study by Northern California Grantmakers examines how the fires affected a key economic driver in the region, aims to supplement research on fires’ impact.
NCG members looking to learn more about philanthropy’s response to Hurricane Florence are encouraged to attend a joint briefing by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the South Eastern Council on Foundations this...
Yesterday someone from San Francisco said to me “Wow…it’s been a year since the North Bay wildfires.” I quickly blurted back, “you mean 11 months.”
California's summer fire storms are threatening thousands of additional structures and tens of thousands have moved to safety. Evacuation orders remain in place in some of these locations. Some have been allowed to return, others have not, and the fires remain unpredicable.
Natural disasters are the great equalizers, razing a cruel path regardless of income, heritage, or history. When the firestorm blazed through Redwood and Potter Valleys on the night of October 8th over 7,000 residents fled, leaving behind a lifetime of belongings.
In the aftermath of the fires which devastated Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties, NCG spoke with members about their disaster funding interests and strategies. One such conversation – with Claire Solot, Managing Director of the Bigglesworth Family Foundation – highlighted an interesting shift in post-disaster grantmaking in both focus and process.
Andrea Zussman, who joined NCG in the fall of 2016 to establish a Disaster Resilience, Relief, and Recovery program to support regional philanthropic disaster planning and readiness, will be leaving her position to devote herself full-time to the needs of her family. Andrea will continue to guide NCG as a Senior Advisor and consultant.
Corporations can play a unique role in helping their communities recover from disasters. How can they make sure they are contributing where their help is most needed – and not inadvertently making recovery operations more difficult?
NCG is monitoring the fires in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Santa Barbara Counties.
There are some things you are glad to have, but hope never to have to use: A quarter for the phone booth (I know, I know – 20th century stuff). A snake for your drain. An epi pen. The capacity to respond quickly and effectively to an emergency is certainly close to – if not right at the top – of that list.