Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa, which was a hub for Jewish relief efforts during 2017 wildfires, will host an emergency preparedness fair on June 23. (Photo/Norm Levin)
Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa, which was a hub for Jewish relief efforts during 2017 wildfires, will host an emergency preparedness fair on June 23. (Photo/Norm Levin)

Free emergency preparedness fair in North Bay

In response to the devastating wildfires in Northern California and the approaching fire season, a free Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held in Santa Rosa, where dozens of experts will speak about different aspects of developing an emergency plan.

More than 25 first-aid responders and organizations will give presentations at the June 23 fair hosted by Congregation Beth Ami. The groups represented range from the Santa Rose Fire Department to Cal Fire, Sonoma County Animal Services, the Jewish Community Free Clinic and American Red Cross. Several state legislators also plan to attend.

Participants will receive materials to help organize their home plans, and have an opportunity to practice and learn CPR and first aid. The programs and information will equip individuals with imperative knowledge and skills in the event of a disaster.

Sponsored by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and local synagogues, the event is a response to the wildfires in Santa Rosa in 2017 and in Paradise in 2018. The Federation distributed over $1.1 million to Jewish and nonsectarian institutions in Northern California after the disasters. In addition, the Federation organized volunteer efforts and managed donations for fire victims.

The Emergency Preparedness Fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. The event is free. For more information, visit jewishfed.org/emergencyfair.

Tova Ricardo
Tova Ricardo

Tova Ricardo is a student at Columbia University and the former youth poet laureate of Oakland. She was J.'s 2019 summer intern.