The following is a press release issued by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County:
January’s storms resulted in one of the deadliest disaster incidents in California’s recent history, claiming more lives than combined in the past two years of wildfire. In Mendocino County, coastal residents experienced extensive power outages, downed trees, property damage, and loss of life. In Willits, a dangerous sinkhole opened at a culvert in front of Creekside Cabins & RV Resort, forcing the relocation of over 60 residents.
Since 2017, the Community Foundation has taken a leadership role in disaster response, ensuring nonprofits and first responders have critical resources to meet the community’s needs. With the support of generous donors, the Community Foundation released $40,000 from the Disaster Fund to provide immediate assistance and case management to individuals on the coast through the Mendonoma Health Alliance, Action Network, and the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund. In partnership with United Disaster Relief of Northern California and North Coast Opportunities, the Community Foundation provided another $20,000 for the Creekside Cabins residents’ immediate health and safety needs, case management, and individual relocation assistance.
Throughout January, county and federal agencies tracked, documented, and verified storm damage to bring additional recovery resources to Mendocino County. In February, Mendocino County was added to the major disaster declaration, facilitating public and individual assistance dollars. The County of Mendocino also released $50,000 of its PG&E settlement dollars, retained at the Foundation, towards individual assistance for the Creekside Cabins and coastal residents impacted by the recent storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers and Mobile Registration Intake Centers for impacted residents to apply for federal assistance programs. For more information, please visit www.mendocinocounty.org or DisasterAssistance.gov.
The Community Foundation’s Board and staff are proud to partner with nonprofits, local government, and donors to meet the county’s immediate relief and recovery needs. Together, we weather the storm and build back toward a resilient future. If you want to learn more or contribute to the Community Foundation, please visit www.communityfound.org.