Go bags to be handed out at Sonoma community events

Rebuild North Bay Foundation has partnered with a half dozen companies to put together 5,000 “go bags” to encourage community emergency preparedness.

The Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley led the efforts to assemble the bags and local students and other community members helped with the production efforts as well, according to Rotary member Gary Edwards who oversaw the assembling of the bags.

Each bright yellow draw-string go bag contains emergency resource guides, a window sticker for pet recovery, an air mask, a toiletries kit, a manual flashlight, cell phone chargers and more.

“We are really proud to have partnered with these donors to create these bags to get people started with their emergency planning,” said Jennifer Gray Thompson, executive director of Rebuild North Bay Foundation. “People can also add items to the bags that are crucial and relevant to the needs of themselves, their families, pets and their house.”

The free bags will be distributed at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue community event at the Second Street West firehouse from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, and from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the firehouse on Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen. La Luz Center will also be distributing bags at its community event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

Gray Thompson describes Rebuild North Bay’s mission as collaborating to fill unmet needs gaps in the aftermath of the fires, advocating for maximum federal and state dollars, and providing a platform for information and resources. On Oct. 8, the foundation will launch a new website with a resource library for disaster preparedness at

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