The wildfires that have raced through California this year have devastated thousands of people, not only the citizens that we government workers serve, but also many of our fellow county workers in other communities.
A fund has been set up to help county workers in these other communities to rebuild their homes and lives by the County State Association of Counties and the California Association of County Executives — the “County Family Fire Fund.”
If you’d like to donate you can do so here.
If anyone can empathize with the people who have been devastated by this summer’s wildfires, it’s us. We lived through our own horrible firestorms here in San Diego County, in 2003, 2007 and 2014.
And we know from those experiences that disaster strike us all. Not only the public we serve as government employees, but us as well. County workers live in the places they serve. They work on the front lines and they work in support. They’re emergency responders, they help coordinate evacuations and relief, and staff local recovery centers. In the horrific Northern California fires, there have been stories of county workers continuing to work — even as their own homes burned — to help the public.
It’s going to take our fellow counties years to rebuild. We know. We’ve seen it; we’ve lived through it. If you’d like to help, you can by donating to the County Family Fire Fund.