A message from SEAOC President Joyce Fuss
Thursday, December 20, 2018
By Joyce Fuss, SE, SECB, LEED AP
SEAOC President 2018-2019
As I write this message it is with a somber feeling in light of recent events. I am thankful for all those reaching out to help with immediate needs and for all the talented and hard-working SEAOC volunteers that contribute to the well-being of our communities. Wishing you and yours a meaningful holiday season and time to connect with friends, family, and colleagues.
In the wake of the recent and ongoing devastating fires, we all seek ways to help with immediate needs and recovery efforts. The first group of 11 SAP volunteers were deployed to Paradise CA on November 14th, with the oversight of our disaster response and Steve Hiner of SEAOCC (we are working to get more information regarding this effort for a SEAOC news update soon). A call went out statewide that same week for more SAP evaluators for the more than 15,000 structures damaged or destroyed in the fires. There are also several organizations ideally situated for getting the help where it is needed most and resources for recovery, here are a few:
-For the Camp Fire in Northern California, the North Valley Community Foundation: www.nvcf.org
-For the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, the Ventura County Community Foundation: https://vccf.org/
-For the Cal OES California Wildfires Statewide Recovery Resources: http://wildfirerecovery.org/
As we move forward into the new “normal” regarding wild fire risk, we look forward to hearing from the new SEAOC as-hoc Fire resilience working group led by our past president Janah Risha. Please also check out the Cal Fire website (you can also download the app) for preparedness: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
Several SEAOC delegates and members attended the annual 2018 NCSEA Summit and committee meetings in Chicago last month, and we will have a report posted soon. It was an amazing event, both educational and enlightening-there are opportunities for SEAOC to continue and broaden our influence on a national level. The midterm elections are also now behind us and the outlook for infrastructure is looking good for California and the nation. The defeat of CA Prop 6 means much needed funding for safe roads along with much more will continue to be in place.