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Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Debris Insurance Collection from 2017 Fires Begins

Sonoma County is now collecting insurance funds for Sonoma Complex Fires debris removal.

Many fire survivors have received copies of invoices sent to their insurance company for the Government-Sponsored Debris Removal work by FEMA. 

Property owners are NOT responsible for the full amount of the invoice.

The only money that should be turned over to the County is insurance proceeds designated for debris removal, less any reimbursable expenses property owners may have for additional debris removal or for repairs to property caused by the debris removal process. 

Learn more about the Debris Insurance Collection.

How is Sonoma County More Prepared Than Ever Before?

In October 2017, 173 square miles burned, 5,300 homes were destroyed, and 24 lives were lost in the Sonoma Complex Fires. Sonoma County staff and officials have worked tirelessly to recover and increase our capacity to respond to future fires and other disasters. We have made exceptional progress. We have improved local policies and committed tens of millions of dollars to become a stronger, more resilient community. 

Watch this video to learn how we are more prepared than ever before.

Read this quick one-page summary to learn more!
How Are We Prepared English(PDF: 535 kB)
How Are We Prepared Español(PDF: 508 kB)

Recovery Updates, Activities and Progress

Recovery_219.jpgThe Board of Supervisors have approved the Recovery and Resiliency Framework to serve as a vision and approach for how Sonoma County will recover and emerge more resilient from the October 2017 wildfires.

  • Published on September 25, 2019

    Many Sonoma County property owners utilized the Government-Sponsored Debris Removal Program (Program) to clear debris after the devastating Sonoma Complex Fires. The Program was administered and paid for by FEMA and CalOES.

  • Published on September 17, 2019

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors formally joined cities, counties, and countries across the world in declaring a climate emergency, establishing this issue as a top priority. Over 1,000 local governments representing 219 million people in 19 countries have issued resolutions to solidify their commitment to mobilizing an emergency response commensurate with the scale of the climate cris

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Contact Information

Michael Gossman

Deputy County Administrator

Office of Recovery and Resiliency

County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235

Official Recovery Information

Sonoma County Recovers

Recovers

A recovery resource for residents of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma for all things concerning the fire.

Rebuilding Together

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2017 Sonoma Complex Fire

Rebuilding Together

Information and resource site for unincorporated Sonoma County rebuilding efforts related to the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fire.

SoCo Emergency Website

SoCo Emergency

SoCo Emergency

Learn how to prepare for disasters, sign up for alerts and receive detailed information during active emergencies.

Sonoma County Rises

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Sonoma County Rises

A group that formed after the October 2017 fires to ensure the community’s voice is heard during the recovery.

ROC Sonoma County

Rebuilding Our Community

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Long-term help for fire survivors from dozens of collaborating non-profits