CannaCraft, Inc. has temporarily donated 12,000 sq ft of office space to be used as the American Red Cross Regional Headquarters for Northern California fire relief.
Effective today, 200 American Red Cross volunteers will be coordinating all Northern California relief efforts from CannaCraft's headquarters located at 2330 Circadian Way in Santa Rosa. The space will serve as a planning and logistics center for their efforts throughout the area. Volunteers are expected to occupy the space for a minimum of five weeks.
The scope of the devastation of the Northern California fires is mind-boggling: Hundreds of thousands of acres burned; tens of thousands of people evacuated; thousands of homes, businesses, landmarks lost; dozens killed and hundreds unaccounted for.
Red Cross staff suggest that this disaster is similar in scope to Hurricane Katrina. And it will have long-term effects for the community: Santa Rosa was already facing a housing crunch before the fires, which have since incinerated or rendered uninhabitable between 2 and 4% of the city’s housing units.
CannaCraft, Inc, California's largest medical cannabis manufacturer, employs approximately 150 people in Sonoma County. At this time, several employees have lost homes and over 20% of employees have been evacuated. The company is still assessing losses to their sites throughout the area and expects damage to be substantial. CannaCraft’s headquarters remain intact and operational at this time.
The company reports that dozens of cultivation sites throughout Sonoma County are believed to have been destroyed or irreparably damaged by smoke, ash and flame retardant. Other grows will be lost simply because workers can’t get to gardens to water or harvest the plants.
Dennis Hunter, CannaCraft Co-CEO, said "We will continue to evaluate our resources including vehicles, property, facilities, equipment, and product to determine how to best serve our community at this time. We will be providing more information on these efforts as they develop".
Please note that the Red Cross headquarters are strictly for administrative functions. For more information on resources, shelters and donations please see links below.
Shelters & Resources:
Red Cross - http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017
Redwood Food Bank - www.refb.org
Rebuild Northbay & Redwood Credit Union - https://www.redwoodcu.org/NORTHBAYFIRERELIEF