County Administrator's Office
For Immediate Release

County of Sonoma Offices and Local Assistance Center will open Monday, November 4, 2019

En español

Santa Rosa, CA  –  November 4, 2019 at 8:05 AM  –  County of Sonoma offices will be open for business, 8 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2019. In addition, residents directly impacted by the Kincade Fire can access recovery services and resources at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) which will open Monday through Wednesday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Avenue. The LAC may remain open after Wednesday, if needed. 

While multiple County employees continue to focus on Kincade Fire recovery efforts (including providing services through the LAC), the majority of county staff will transition back to normal operations. The County continued to provide critical functions for residents last week, but many offices were closed until November 1, as efforts were focused on emergency response to the Kincade Fire.

County employees coordinated with emergency responders, assisted in the opening and operations of evacuation centers, transported people to areas outside of evacuation zones, placed barriers and signs at closed roads and intersections where traffic signals weren’t functioning, ensured that water and wastewater systems were operating, provided mental health services to stressed residents, and gave key information to the public regarding fire spread and location, evacuation areas and centers, health concerns and recovery efforts.

The Board of Supervisors, other elected officials and many County staff are working on Kincade Fire recovery efforts, including offering assistance at the LAC to ensure residents are supported through this difficult time. County of Sonoma services available at the LAC include:

  • Kits with information and protective equipment to help residents return safely to their property.
  • Permit Sonoma will provide information to help property owners understand the permitting process for recovery and rebuilding.
  • Human Services Department will take applications for CalFresh food benefits and Medi-Cal insurance, and have staff from Adult and Aging Services as well as the Veterans Service Office.
  • Health Services Department will have representatives and information from Animal Services, Environmental Health, and HOPE Sonoma to provide mental health support and referral.
  • Community Development Commission will support housing needs.
  • Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and Assessor’s Office for property tax and assessment information.
  • Clerk-Recorder will provide vital record replacement.
  • Economic Development Board to support local businesses.

State of California resources and community organizations will be available at the LAC to provide support services. 

For more information about Kincade Fire Recovery, visit https://socoemergency.org/home/recover/2019-kincade-fire/

 

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