SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Offers Free Emergency Preparedness Fair to Sonoma County Residents

San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (The Federation) is organizing and sponsoring a free Emergency Preparedness Fair on June 23, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Avenue in Santa Rosa. The Fair is being produced in partnership with Jewish synagogues and organizations from Sonoma County.

Over 25 local organizations and first responders will be participating by providing presentations, conducting practice sessions on CPR/first aid, and distributing informational materials to help residents develop emergency plans. A partial list of providers includes: Santa Rosa Fire Department, American Red Cross, Sonoma County Sheriff, FEMA, Office of Emergency Services, Sonoma County Animal Services, Search and Rescue, CAL FIRE, Sonoma County Horse Council, County of Sonoma Human Services Department, Jewish Community Free Clinic, and Rebuild Our County Sonoma County Resource Center. Activities for children and food for purchase will also be available.

Since the wildfires broke out in October 2017, the Federation has supported the response and recovery efforts in the North Bay by mobilizing volunteers, facilitating in-kind donations for fire survivors, and granting over $1.1 million to Jewish and non-sectarian organizations in the region. While the majority of donations tend to occur within weeks of a disaster, recovery efforts continue over several years. As the region continues to recover, the Federation is prioritizing preparedness.

“One lesson learned from the wildfire response was the need for better readiness on individual, organizational, and communal levels,” said Danny Grossman, CEO of the Federation. “This Fair is just one of several initiatives designed to continue to support the region’s disaster recovery needs by helping residents and organizations mitigate the effects of any future emergencies.”

Representatives from State Senator Bill Dodd, Congressman Mike Thompson, and Assemblyman Marc Levine’s offices plan to attend the Fair.

“The City of Santa Rosa is supportive of any opportunity that encourages families to come together and put focus on their own household emergency preparedness plans. Our community knows firsthand what it means to be faced with an emergency, and each of us must take proactive steps to ensure we are ready for the next one,” said Paul Lowenthal, Assistant Fire Marshal and Fair participant.



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For immediate release

June 18, 2019