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FI'-I'NjIFIIII'III-II‘IUI‘IFI-NIV'II"‘I'“v fin V1 *‘ w w a nannfi same. a $1 at the newsstand Visit www.cloverdalerevellle.com for daily updates on local news and views 140th Meeting rehashes fire, power shutoff City, community comes together for meeting of the minds aimed at addressing emergencies By Zoe Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com Cloverdale hosted a debriefing on the Kincade Fire and the public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) last week, where it looked at both the actions taken by the city and the county during the fire and power shutoffs, as well as what the city and community can do to prepare for future disasters. The Dec. 9 meeting was held at the Citrus Fairgrounds and drew a variety of community members and city staff. “The Kincade Fire was the largest fire, physically, in Sonoma County history,” said Chris Godley, director of the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management. “This fire that we just experienced was about as big as it gets inside Sonoma County.” Godley said that Kincade is the largest fire in California history withno fatalities. “What’s important about this fire was it occured at, a moment Where we were in a public safety power shutoff,” Godley said. “The models that the fire departments were using indicated that this fire had a significant potential for crossing 101 and moving directly through west Sonoma County and taking out Camp Meeker and all of those areas within hours,” he said. “We were looking at a model that made Paradise look small.” He said that that, combined with the complicated one—way-out roads of west county, were behind the mass evacuation orders during the fire. To alert people to new evacuation orders coming online, the primary method was via wireless alert. However, the power shutoff made those alerts tricky. To compensate for the potential lack of cell reception, county and city police drove through neighborhoods with high-low sirens. “I likened it to the fact that we were going into this fire with one hand tied behind our back,” Godley said. “When you turn off the power there’s a number of implications. It’s not just the refrigerator where _ you lose all of your food. We lose a lot of public safety systems as well — most notably our ability to conduct alerts and warnings. Cell towers start going off. We lost the ability for us to potentially pump water into areas, traffic signals. It was outside the norm, this fire, it really was.” When it came to notifying people of evacuations, Godley said that while the county sent out more alerts than they ever had before, one of the most important tools that people have is knowing their neighbor. Godley urged those in attendance to make sure they check on those around them in situations of emergency, since many older residents may not have cell phones or other types of technology that would otherwise let them know about emergencies. “There was about a six-hour . scenario where I thought We would lose Healdsburg, or half of Windsor or west Sonoma County. It was really that dicey,” he said. “I’ve never been in that position ~ to really stare at a fire and not know what it’s going to do.” Though the ripples of the Kincade Fire have been felt countywide, the event that primarily impacted Cloverdale during the week of the fire was the series of both power and gas shutoffs that residents were hit See Meeting Page 7 A Special Preview of Loca llQSlDE cloverdai'é, CAiirérhié""""' SMALL TOWN PAPERS 927 W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON WA 99594 3847 II'IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII‘IIIIIIIIIIIIIllllllllllllllllllllilll M ya» mun..:l.mmmwmmmmww (0' 11 (O [‘1 A A A *****’********ORIGIN MIXED ADC 940 00-00-0000 1096 . ,,, BHL ' fistiEr winterized Sing: Decking the Halls u cairn , m“ Photos Laurie Kneeland (top) and Cherie Kelsay FESTIVE FUN — Ms. Miranda’s first grade class (pictured above) joined a handful of classes from Jefferson Elementary to decorate Christmas trees in downtown businesses on Thursday, Dec. 5. Students were welcomed at each participating business with a tree waiting for decorations, and some treats. Ms. Miranda’s class decorated a tree'for the Cloverdale Reveille and Mail Center, Etc. office. By 2013 Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com A new coffee kiosk, Rockin’ A Adventure Cafe, opened its drive-up windows to Cloverdale earlier this month. The adventure-themed café is located on South Cloverdale Boulevard in front of Renner Petroleum. Rockin’ A officially opened on Dec. 1, but had a soft opening a week prior. The soft opening allowed Trevor Ambrosini to test the ropes and figure everything out. ' “It was a little slow at first, but once it got on the community Facebook page, it really took off,” Ambrosini said. “There’s been a lot of good response from the community. It’s been nice.” “Since high school I’ve always wanted to make, not- necessarily coffee, but some sort of themed experience,” he said. Reminiscent of Disneyland and Indiana Jones, the Rockin’ A building is adorned with ivy and artifacts, and when you drive up, Ambrosini greets you wearing an Indiana J ones-inspired outfit. “I think we’re offering something f a little different. This is supposed to be an experience-based thing, something to look forward to in the morning,” he said. “Yeah, you’re getting your coffee, but you’re also having a little fun — like a small piece of what you feel when you go to Disneyland.” ' To go with the themed cafe, Ambrosini is working on building up a list of themed drinks. Before an official list is created, he wants to see which drinks are the most popular. “Not just our drink items will be themed, but then I want to have cool, interesting things for sale from around the world,” he said. “Coming soon we’ll have Manuka honey imported from New Zealand, things that will be a rotating menu where every few months there’s a new, interesting item — something that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a coffee shop.” Ambrosini moved to Cloverdale from Humboldt County around three years ago. Before the move he was splitting his time between both places, working in Cloverdale for the general contractor who built Renner Petroleum. “Once westarted the Renner project I was going back and forth o o oe Strickland GOT CAFFEINE? — Trevor Ambrosini always wanted to open athemed business. His dream has become reality with Rockin’ A Adventure Café. “This was county property that was'getting annexed into the city. In the middle of that process, I didn’t want to try and permit through the county and have it mess up,” he between the two, but I just loved the area so much,” he said. After the project was over, he decided to stay in town. Ambrosini said that the interim years since” Renner was built have been a waiting game. See Brewing Page 7