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After the Fires: Back Home with Wanda Hudspeth


When Wanda Hudspeth lost her Pope Valley home in the 2020 LNU Complex Fire, she didn’t know how she’d be able to recover. A master gardener living in a small home that had been in her family since the 1950s, Wanda had few financial resources, but endless faith in people. She turned to UpValley Family…

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Our Response to the Fires in Napa County


  The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is responding to the 2020 wildfires in Napa County. Read our Open Letter to the Community on the one year anniversary of the fires to learn about expenditures and activities to-date. On August 18, 2020 and September 28, 2020, respectively, Governor Newsom declared states of emergencies for…

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Our response to COVID-19 and help available


The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, about $5.4 million has been distributed to provide emergency financial assistance to more than 1,700 local families and farmworkers, and help more than 25,000 Napa County residents with essential recovery services, like medical care and counseling,  groceries, hot meals, legal and housing…

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St. Helena Star: New map will aid evacuations in St. Helena


July 6, 2021 for the Star A new map splits St. Helena into zones, in hopes of simplifying the evacuation process during fires or other disasters. The city is encouraging residents to “Know Your Zone.” During an emergency, zone numbers will be provided along with evacuation instructions. The zones will enable the St. Helena Police…

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Wildfire doesn’t discriminate


November 10, 2020 by Terence Mulligan Wildfire doesn’t discriminate. It burns a Napa Valley estate and a mobile home park with equal devastation. What isn’t equal are the resources that survivors have for recovery once the disaster is over. All wildfire survivors go through trauma, but people who are poor, elderly, sick or undocumented tend…

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