The fifth and final in Sonoma County’s series of workshops for residents affected directly or indirectly by last October’s fires will be held this Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Sonoma Veterans Building.

The County of Sonoma’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency continues to encourage residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

Supervisor Susan Gorin and county department heads will welcome participants and provide general recovery planning information before breaking into small group discussions.

Workshops will include facilitated small group discussion sessions where residents will be encouraged to share their ideas and vision for each of the five strategy areas, including:

  • Community Preparedness and Infrastructure
  • Housing
  • Economy
  • Natural Resources, and
  • Safety Net Services.

The input collected at the workshops will be published and available for individuals, organizations, and municipalities to use in additional recovery planning. The feedback will go into the framework for a county recovery and resiliency plan, detailed and specific to recovery and resiliency in Sonoma County.

The goal is to get a draft of the plan to the Board of Supervisors at the end of September that will be the kick off of the public comment period, then bring the final plan back for adoption sometime in October.

Spanish translation, California HOPE counselors, and child care will be available at all of the meetings. Light refreshments will be served.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Sonoma Veterans Building, 126 1st Street W, Sonoma. For more information about the Sonoma County Office of Recovery, visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/ORR.