LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (August 31, 2018) – The Ranch and River Fires, together known as the Mendocino Complex, have exacted a considerable toll upon County lands and residents, alike. County and City, State and Federal Agencies, local and national non-profit groups, and countless community members have risen up in response. Our communities have once again ensured that “Lake County Strong” is more than a catchphrase – the resilience and capacity of Lake County residents in the face of repeated disasters has been truly inspiring.
Needs remain, and full recovery will be a long-term effort. Many wildfire survivors were able to take positive steps by visiting the County’s Local Assistance Center, receiving a variety of supports and services in Lucerne in early August. Dozens more have connected with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to get information on federal assistance, including grants and low interest disaster loans. FEMA’s Disaster Resource Center (DRC) remains open Monday-Saturday, from 9am to 6pm, at the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Community Center, 9460 Main Street, Upper Lake. The DRC will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 3.
Each individual’s recovery journey is unique, and Lake County residents are understandably at various stages. Some are navigating initial responsive steps. Others, for example, have detailed questions regarding steps required to rebuild. Some have practical needs, and may need to be pointed in the right direction to replace a vital document. For others, emotional needs may be in the foreground, and the County can connect individuals with Behavioral Health and other supportive resources.
Given the diversity of emerging recovery needs and the geographic expansiveness of the Mendocino Complex disaster, Lake County Recovery Coordinator Nathan Spangler is meeting County residents where they are, by holding office hours throughout the County.
Spangler will be available 10am-1pm, Tuesday, September 4, through Friday, September 7, at the following locations:
• Tuesday, 9/4, Scotts Valley Women’s Club, 2298 Hendricks Rd, Lakeport, 95453
• Wednesday, 9/5, FEMA DRC at the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Community Center, 9460 Main Street, Upper Lake
• Thursday, 9/6, Spring Valley Community Center, 1300 Wolf Creek Rd, Clearlake Oaks, 95423
• Friday, 9/7, Nylander Park Visitor Center, 12588 Acorn St., Clearlake Oaks, 95423
“I am looking forward to meeting with Ranch and River Fire survivors, helping to identify needs and available supports, and working with wildfire survivors to chart the best way forward,” relates Spangler. “Whatever your recovery-related needs are right now, you are not alone. I hope to see many of you, and will happily do all I can to help make your next steps a little clearer.”
Spangler can be reached at Nathan.Spangler@lakecountyca.gov, and 916-521-7108.