In the beginning days of the largest fire in Washington State’s history, we knew our community needed to respond as an organized, collaborating movement.
In partnership with stakeholders from across our community, Room One helped establish three long-term recovery organizations in our region. Together, we immediately reached out to other communities across the country to begin learning about and building a framework for relief and recovery. Through these lessons, the expertise of our partners, and our own knowledge of community development and health and social services, we've been central leaders in our county's movement towards recovery; here are a few highlights:
- Creation of a productive, dynamic leadership team utilizing expertise from FEMA and the State Emergency Management Division
- Development of a county-wide map of needs, resources and desired outcomes for individual recovery, future fire mitigation, infrastructure development and economic resilience
- Advocacy at the county and state legislature levels for critical funding support
- Access to national service and volunteer networks for clean-up and rebuilding
- Ensuring resources and funds are distributed to individuals as equitably and timely as possible
Our participation long-term recovery will continue through our regular Room One programming – programming that is designed to address the barriers to well-being our community faces every day. Some of this work is straightforward, such as connecting our neighbors to resources, and some will involve creative thinking, strategic questions, and a broad-based assessment of the needs of survivors and our community.
Thanks to your investment in Room One, we are active members in our community’s recovery. Your support enables us to look ahead and actively address problems before they emerge – or emerge again, in the case of the next disaster. Together, we’re working towards a safer, healthier community.