Santa Rosa, California in Sonoma County is where we live and work. It's probably best known for its world class wines, restaurants, and hotels.
Last week, we made global news for a much different reason.
Starting early in the morning on Monday Oct 9, a series of wildfires tore through the city of Santa Rosa and the surrounding areas. By the end of the week, thousands of homes and commercial buildings had burned, more than 40 people had died, and another 50+ remained missing. For a county with a total population less than 500,000 and fewer than 200,000 housing units, the effect on our home town has been devastating.
We live and work in a small town. We all know people who have lost their homes – many of whom were only able to escape with minutes to spare and with the clothes on their backs. The scope of the damage to our area is extreme and the long-term implications for the local economy are uncertain.
As a company, we at Advera Health Analytics are extremely lucky. Our team members in the local area are all safe. All of our homes are safe. The office building where we work is also undamaged. Other than being evacuated for most of last week and being without power, gas, and cell communications for extended periods, we came through unscathed.
We are most grateful for all the messages and calls last week to check on us and apologize that we are just now able to start to respond.
As we return to work and our mission of bringing our clients the best in drug safety data, analytics, and insights, we remain #SonomaStrong and resolute in our drive to help our beloved home town rise from the ashes.