Perspectives from the LRTG meetings

The general meetings of the Long Term Recovery Group are held weekly in our PLC, as you may know. This group brings together non-profits, agencies, churches as well as national organizations in our area like Red Cross, FEMA, Salvation Army and others. All are dedicated to helping the community recover. We have had between 80 and 100 people in our PLC over the last few meetings. This organization is connecting people in agencies in our community so that our community can carry on the recovery process after outside agencies leave our area.
At these meetings, we hear brief reports of the many activities in progress. The breadth of efforts and commitment of so many volunteers is impressive. Here is a sample of the topics I found interesting in the last weeks. Some are reported in the local press but others are just fascinating tidbits.
Amanda Ree spoke to the group regarding the actions and policies of the Red Cross at this point in our disaster. She was responding to the unfortunate editorial in the News and Review that clearly showed a lack of understanding of what is really happening locally. Amanda also reviewed steps their case managers are taking with those still in the shelter to help them find a new situation. Case workers meet with each shelter resident every 48 hours to check in on progress to transition to a better situation.
An additional Disaster Relief Center is opening in Paradise at 1080 Ewald Court (Creative Learning Center). This will bring information available at the Sears Center to Paradise.
Paradise is receiving the help of outside professional planners to develop a new Master Plan, looking to make Paradise safer and better. The outside help they said was “extraordinary.”
To begin rebuilding in Paradise, residents/builders asked that Foothill Mill and Lumber open ASAP. They are working to open a temporary location with fencing, road base and a temporary building for an office.
The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology provided a 3-day training for free to 26 local mental health volunteers to give them the tools to help people mitigate the effects of trauma and heal. An Jewish organization called IsRaid is also offering mental health training locally.
North State Relief, a local Latter-Day Saints organization, is working to make clean-up of burned out mobile home parks a priority. Over 30 mobile home parks could accommodate 1700 spaces for a quicker short-term solution to housing.
An Adventist group is sending 150 pallets of kitchen kits for people as they move into mobile housing units. They are looking for local storage space.
The Unmet Needs committee is looking for people who can repair used mobile homes to get them operable and safe.