Wildfire Resilience on the Farm: Sonoma County, CA

Fire Resilience on the Farm. This 6-part workshop includes presentations from farmers, ranchers, experts and agencies on preparing your farm or ranch for wildfire. While some speakers may be focused on topics specific to Sonoma County, most content will be relevant to farmers and ranchers anywhere.
0:00 – 0:30, Che Casul, Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship
Che Casul, CEO of the Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, an organization focused on mentoring and pro-social service-learning activities for at-risk youth will be sharing his personal experience with his insurance trying to cancel his plan as well as the needs of our ag lands for fire resiliency and safety.
0:30 – 1:00, Cindy Foreman, Sonoma County Fire District
Vice President of the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs Association and Battalion Chief/ Fire Marshal at the Sonoma County Fire District, Cindy will offer her expertise on home hardening, how to be best prepared for fire season, and the importance of knowing your evacuation zones.
1:00 – 1:30, Sonoma County Ag Commissioner
The Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures enforces the laws and regulations of the California Food and Agriculture Code, the California Business & Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations while serving at the discretion of the County Board of Supervisors and CDFA’s Secretary of Food & Agriculture.
1:30 – 2:00, Lt. Piccinini, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
Lt Piccinini supervises the Rural Crimes Task Force at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. This specialty unit is trained to respond to the unique needs of the Sonoma County’s ag community. Lt Piccinini will share Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Wildfire and Evacuation protocol specifically focused on Sonoma County farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners.
2:00 – 2:30, Alma Bowen, Nuestra Comunidad
After serving Sonoma County as a 9-1-1 emergency services dispatcher for over 17 years, Alma’s desire to educate the general public on the effective use the 9-1-1 emergency response system, disaster preparedness, and her focus on inclusion of the Spanish-speaking community, led to creating the non-profit public benefit organization ‘Nuestra Comunidad.’ Alma will offer her expertise on effectively communicating workplace emergency plans and preparedness with employees personally and professionally.
2:30 – 3:00, Lisa Frazee, Tubbs Fire Survivor, District 4 Block Captain
Lisa Frazee, a Neighborhood Block Captain for Rebuild Larkfield efforts, is a neighborhood leader put in place as a liaison between fire-affected communities and the board of supervisors and other government agencies. Lisa will be sharing her expertise on what she wishes to have known before the Tubbs fire and what she has learned from her experience as a block captain. She will also be sharing why having strength in numbers is critical to the success of wildfire preparedness.