The devastating Lake County Valley Fire of 2015 burned over 76,000 acres and nearly 2,000 structures.


During the Valley Fire response I had the opportunity to serve in the Emergency Operations Center as a member of the volunteer/donation team.  I worked alongside California Volunteers and during the response our team coordinated the management of over 23 volunteer stations with over 500 volunteers. During the recovery I served as an executive officer of Team Lake County, the long term recovery group. Our team served over 3,000 people who had been affected by the Valley Fire disaster. We worked with FEMA and Cal OES to develop resource connections, conduct case management, and rebuild homes. In late September, North Coast Opportunities was awarded an AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC grant to assist in the disaster recovery, and I became the director of those programs. Due to the size and complexities of the Valley Fire, the response and recovery became a teaching tool for other communities. I was honored to be asked to speak at the 30th Annual CERT National Prepardness conference in Hollywood, and provide disaster response training's to several County Office of Emergency Services.


What we accomplished:



Coordinated resources for over 3,000 Valley Fire and Clayton fire disaster survivors.



Managed over 23 volunteer stations with over 500 volunteers during the response.



Coordinated with FEMA to provide over 6 million dollars in disaster relief funds to disaster survivors.