Dear Far Northern Community;
As this terrible week ends we look to Monday for all of our services to be up and running. All of our service partners are working beyond expectations to have their doors open for a welcome return.
If you are unsure of transportation, please call your transportation provider and confirm your pickup.
Some updates: One of Rodney Zikan’s residential home’s was lost, displacing three men. We have found a new home for them and they are all moving in together today.
Our 10 clients who were evacuated to Sonoma Developmental Center for care and treatment are on their way back home today. Thank you Sonoma Developmental Center for your care and efforts. Thank you to the Chico Work Training Center for providing emergency transportation to Sonoma in the middle of the fires.
We believe all of our clients who were evacuated are back in their “home sweet homes”.
We worry still for our Trinity County clients and family, our friends in Igo and French Gulch. We hope the fire lines hold.
We have so many people to thank, you know who you are. You are the “good ones” thank you for being with us.
Have a good weekend.
Laura Larson, Executive Director Far Northern Regional Center
For those families and individuals who have lost homes in the Carr fire, and had neither rental nor home owner insurance, here is some information about valuable resources:
The first step a family should take to become connected with pertinent resource assistance is to register with the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross has a table set up at the local assistance center at Shasta High School (2500 Eureka Way, Redding, 96001). The local assistance center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily through Wednesday, 8/8/18. Families in need of registering with the American Red Cross will be required to bring a photo ID and proof of residence. The American Red Cross is providing recovery assistance on a case by case basis, and the scope of assistance available will in part depend on the condition of the home.
FEMA currently has 45 employees in the area that are in the process of conducting their preliminary damage assessment for the governor’s office. If the Carr fire is declared a national emergency then FEMA will be able to aid families through their individual assistance program. The FEMA representative we spoke with, Victor D. Inge, indicated that the maximum financial assistance available per household is $34,000. Receipt of FEMA assistance will trigger secondary support of up to $10,000 through a state grant. In addition, FEMA is partnering with the Small Business Association, which is providing a low interest disaster loan.
Another recovery assistance service available to displaced families is the United Way Shasta County Fire Relief Fund. Individuals interested in this resource will need to come to the local assistance center and fill out an application describing their loss. It is important to note that this resource is not just for the loss of property but also loss of wages. If a family is spending money to stay in a hotel or has lost $500+ due to the fire, they may be eligible to receive recovery assistance through the United Way Shasta County Fire Relief Fund.
As a reminder, the most important thing to first do is come to the local assistance center at Shasta High School and register with the American Red Cross. Individuals who lost their photo ID can obtain new copies at the assistance center.
As evacuations and road closures are lifted we are beginning to understand the great loss that our community has experienced. So many of our providers have employees who have lost their homes and two of our owners lost theirs. Our community doctors, educators, social workers, police and even fireman have lost everything they owned.
Our FNRC Community has been strong and providers are working hard to have our programs open on Monday the 6th of August at work or your day program. We cannot express our gratitude to the care that was given to our clients at community shelters, in private homes, in hotels and even campgrounds. We cannot say “thank you” enough to the direct care staff that stayed with our clients when their own families needed them. We are #ShastaStrong.
We have located all of our clients and all of our families. Thank you for that help.
Services Providers and Partners, once again because a State of Emergency was declared you will be paid as if your doors had been open.
If we manage your money:
FOR ALL REDDING INDEPENDENT LIVING FOLKS WHO DO NOT HAVE INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES OR SUPPORTED LIVING SERVICES:
You must come to the Redding office to pick up your check if scheduled for release this week. (7/30/18-8/3/18).
All checks that we mail to landlords will be released today via the US mail.
Far Northern Regional Center extends its sincere appreciation to everyone that has gone the extra mile to help our community during this time of fear and anxiety. We will rebuild, we are #SHASTASTRONG.
Vendor Payment during State of Emergency
The Regional Center is authorized to pay for absences that are the direct result of situations and/or occurrences for which a State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor. Providers shall bill only for absences in excess of the average number of absences experienced by the vendor during the 12-month period prior to the month in which the disaster occurred.
Thank you FNRC Community! We are strong and united in this time of trouble.
Day Programs in Shasta County will remain closed this week. We will re-evaluate later in the week.
Because so many people are in a state of evacuation and so many people have lost their homes, day programs do not have transportation or staff to support the programs. We also do not want people to be separated from their caregivers or support staff if there are additional road closures or evacuations.We know this is a hardship.
We want to know that you are safe!
FNRC staff have been calling you to determine your location and if you have food and shelter.
If you have not talked with someone please call 530.226.4093. Leave your name and let us know where you are and if you are okay.
If you need to talk to a person, call 530.222.4791.
Clients, what about your check?:
We are holding checks at the Redding regional center office so they do not get lost in the mail. If you were expecting a check that was mailed last week, please check with general delivery at the Churn Creek Post Office.
If you were expecting a check to be mailed to you this week it will be at the Redding regional center office. Please bring your id card with you. If you are served by an Independent Living or Supported Living agency we will deliver those checks to them.
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION. CHECKS WILL NOT COME IN THE MAIL IN SHASTA COUNTY THIS WEEK.
Damaged or Destroyed Residential Care Homes:
We have lost one care home with three men living in it. We are working to find a new home for these three and believe we already have. We are blessed that no more residential care homes were lost. Many support staff throughout our community have lost homes.
A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BILL AS USUAL FOR YOUR SERVICES.
See 7/30/2018, 3:27PM update for further information.
All Day Programs in the Redding area should remain closed tomorrow. There is a shortage of transportation and staff.
FNRC Staff who would like to help and are safe, please report to the office if you can safely do so. We can use your help contacting clients and families. Assume the elevators are not working.