Wildfires swept across Sonoma County the night of October 8, 2017, eventually destroying 5,300 homes, leaving 24 people dead and burning 110,000 acres. In December 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors established the Office of Recovery and Resiliency in the County Administrator’s Office with a mandate to develop a post-fire recovery and resiliency plan.
As Sonoma County heals, it is vital to have a roadmap for our elected officials and government leaders, with input from all members of our community, that charts a bold course for recovery that will make our residents, families, and communities stronger and more resilient.
The Office of Recovery and Resiliency is working with the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors and public and private partners to develop a blueprint that will address the immediate and long-term recovery efforts needed to ensure the future safety, livelihoods and economic prosperity of all residents of Sonoma County.
The plan will outline strategies for recovery and resiliency in five critical areas: Housing, Economic Recovery, Natural Resources, Community Preparedness and Infrastructure, and Safety Net Services.
Our recovery and rebuilding partnerships are strong and have made rapid progress a reality since the fires. The removal of 1.8 million tons of fire debris, to the protection and restoration of watersheds, to the rebuilding of homes and businesses, to safety net support of those who lost so much in the fires – each represents key partnerships built with the can-do spirit and compassion of those who live and work in our County. Working together is the key to success, now and in the future.
The plan will provide the foundation for optimal integration of public, private and nongovernmental recovery efforts across the county.