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As the fight against the North Bay fires continues, several Bay Area businesses are offering free food, water, supplies, wifi, and health and wellness services to evacuees.  Here’s an ongoing list of resources that has been circling social media and can be passed on to friends and family in the Napa/Sonoma area:

UPDATE (10/17):

Insurance Claims and Recovery Assistance

  • Visit the Sonoma County Fairgrounds today from 11 am – 7 pm and bring any questions related to insurance claims, housing, or documents. Insurance companies will have booths set up where you can file a claim and may receive funding on the spot. ABC7 is offering locations like this throughout the week, check their site for updates daily.
  • The Local Assistance Center in Santa Rosa is a one-stop shop for those looking impacted by the fires. Here you can find information from FEMA, the State of California and Sonoma County services.

Free Food/Water

  • Elks Lodge: (2105 S McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA) Offering meals until need ends. They also need canned food, dried potatoes and volunteers. Any questions call/text Alice at 707.481.5596
  • Nopalito: (1905 Bodega Ave, Petaluma) 10/12: Free burritos from 11am-3pm
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co. Free water, bring your own container from 10am-6pm for foreseeable future
  • Hana’s Japanese Restaurant: In Rohnert Park, offering full meals for 250+ people a day until this tragedy ends
  • Mystic Theatre/McNears: Thursday 10/12 Lunch:12-2; Dinner: 5-8. Friday 10/13: Breakfast 9-11, Lunch 12-2 Boxed lunches, No dinner (unless show at Mystic gets canceled). All meals being served in Mystic Theater. Volunteers on site that can deliver or make meals to go. Contact them directly at 707-765-2121
  • Don Pancho’s Mexican Food: Offering meals for those who have lost a home as well as those who have taken them in. Call (707)775-2474 and let them know amount of people and if there are any allergies.
  • Quinua Peruvian Restaurant: (500 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA) Offering free lunch
  • Amy’s Drive Thru (58 Golf Course Dr W, Santa Rose, CA) in Rohnert Park: offering free meals to those evacuated. If you choose to pay for a evacuees meal, 100% of that money will be donated to help in the aids effort.
  • The Drawing Board: Offering food delivery to those in need, plus a special dinner menu for firefighters and victims… For those who want to donate they need pasta and dry noodles.

Free Wifi/Computers

  • Comcast FREE Internet/Comcast/Xfinity: Removed restrictions and opened their WiFi hotspots for all to use through Fri. 10/13. Log in as “Guest.”
  • Copperfield’s Books Petaluma: Free wifi, allows dogs, water, stickers & crayons for children
  • Mystic Theatre/McNears (10/10/17): Offering laptops for fire victims to use if they need to get a hold of their financial institutions or family. Ask for Sierra Bradley.
  • Roaring Donkey has laptops set up and wifi and chargers for people, as needed.
  • Verizon – From October 10 through October 12 Verizon is giving postpaid customers talk, text and data relief while prepaid customers receive an extra 3 GB for talk, text and data.

Free Health/Wellness

  • EOC (Emergency Operations Center): for evacuee triage and questions (707) 565-3856. Their website also has a list of shelters that are still accepting people and other helpful resources.
  • Aya Salon: Offering to wash and style hair for free for fire victims. Downtown Petaluma. 707-762-3100
  • 24 Hour Fitness in Rohnert Park (6345 Commerce Blvd. Rohnert Park) – Welcoming residents of the community to utilize their resources. They have hot showers, soap, and towels. They are currently open 24/7.
  • Pattersons Home Appliance is offering free washers and dryers to victims.
  • Finley Center in Santa Rosa is stocked with standard medications people may be missing. Kaiser in Rohnert Park will be open tomorrow for urgent care 8am-8pm.The understanding is that members and non-members alike who are in need of medical care are invited.
  • Petaluma Swim Center: Offering showers 8:30-10:30 am and 3:00-7:00 pm through the end of the week. (Soap, shampoo and towels provided)
  • Petaluma Health Center (10/10/17): 1179 N. McDowell Blvd. (707) 559-7500 Offering free or low cost medical/mental health care for any in need
  • Rohnert Park Health Center (10/10/17): 5900 State Farm Drive, Second Floor, Rohnert Park. (707) 559-7500 Offering free or low cost medical/mental health care for any in need
  • Synergy Health Club (10/12/17): Offering free showers plus towels to those in need. Also a place to relax with couches and TV. 1201 Redwood Way, Petaluma
  • Doula Services: Sophia’s Special Deliveries. Midwives are offering support for families who can’t safely get to their place of delivery. Message them on Facebook with non-urgent questions or call 707-529-8102 for emergencies.

Free Clothing/Entertainment

  • Rebounders- In Rohnert Park. 10/11/17 Free place for children to play, free wifi
  • Petaluma Bowling Alley (10/10/17): Offering a free space to hang out and free games.
  • Copperfield’s Books Petaluma: Free wifi, allows dogs, water, stickers & crayons for children
  • Ooh La Luxe: 109 Petaluma Blvd N 94952 Petaluma CA: Offering free toiletries, women’s clothing, kids clothing, diapers, and some men’s clothing as well. Call the store or message them on social media. “We always check our messages! ” Andrea Jin 707-769-7787. OPEN 10/12/17 10-4pm
  • Yoga Hell: Free yoga classes & showers

Pets/Animal Boarding/Animal Rescue

Shelters taking in small animals:

  • Petaluma Animal Shelter -840 Hopper St. Come between 9am-6pm for food, supplies, shelter. Snuggle Shuttle @ Petaluma Community Center at Luchessi Park (707-778-7387) Offering pet food, water, boarding, and lost and found pet information.
  • Unleashed Dog Training for boarding and if you need a place to hang. Call at (707) 763-9882
  • Marin Humane Society – 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. Additional information can be found by calling 415-883-4621
  • Sonoma Humane Society – 5345 Highway 12 West, Santa Rosa. Taking in animals for boarding, lost & found animals. No cost vet treatment for burn victims, owned or stray animals affected by fires. Open 8-5 daily.
  • Napa County Animal Shelter
  • Mendocino County Animal Shelter
  • Second Chance Rescue
  • Rabbit Rescue and other support: Sarah Kay Peregoy 408-394-4284. Sarah will coordinate any help needed, but has experience in rabbit rescue
  • House Rabbit Society: Contact them directly at (510) 970-7575 for free boarding and supplies. Located in Richmond, but they have people in the area to help transport.

Places taking in horses/livestock:

  • Flat Broke Animal Rescue – P/O Box 751418 Petaluma, CA 94975. Flat Broke Farm,a non -profit farm in Cotati, is helping displaced farm and domestic animals due to the fires. http://www.flatbrokefarm.net/
  • Dickson Ranch in WEST MARIN – can take horses, goats, chickens, etc. Call 415.488.0454.
  • Strong’s Second Chance Ranch – can message on Facebook
  • Sonoma County Fairgrounds
  • Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
  • Vallejo Fairgrounds – needs farm animal feed, wheelbarrows, hay carts, muck forks, shovels, shavings, first aid supplies
  • South Bay Horse Ranch
  • Napa County Fairgrounds
  • Solano County Fairgrounds
  • SPCA Solano County – needs food and supplies

Missing Animals

Missing a pet? You can try searching through this Facebook group – North Bay Fire Pets 2017

Animal Rescue

There are plenty of people willing to help out for overflow animals. Please reference their contact info here:

Misc. Animal Issues

Anyone encountering animal-related issues can call 707-565-4406, 24/7 until further notice. Donations can also be made through this line. Please share information about the number of animals, type of animals, address and location for the animals, and any information about the families associated with the animals, if known.

WILDLIFE NOTE: If you live anywhere near the forest fires, animals fleeing the fires may show up in your yards. The forestry department is urging you to bring your animals in at night and let the wild ones pass through. Please put out buckets of water for them. They are scared, exhausted and have lost their homes. They need to refuel.

Need a Ride?

Petaluma Green Taxi will be giving out free rides around town to those in need and have no transportation. This will start at 12pm-7pm, CALL 707-769-8294.

Missing a relative?

Or mark yourself as “safe”
Go here > https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Advice from former fire victims?

(1) Contact your insurance companies. Most will cover hotel stays, apart from the usual coverage.
(2) Call your credit card companies and have the last 3-6 months of your purchases reimbursed back (get a police report that testifies you are a fire victim).
(3) If you are renting and are a minor, your parents’ home insurance may cover your belongings.
(4) Call your chain retail stores and see what they can offer to fire victims (GAP gave away free clothes to fire victims up to $500 per person during the Oakland fires).
(5) Needing mail? Wait until the fire is over. Post offices in the Santa Rosa McBride area are being evacuated.

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