Lilac Fires 2017
Yesterday Bonsall, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Pala, and Murrietta were affected by the #LilacFire. Many of our employees live in mandatory or voluntary evacuation areas. Some have evacuated and are staying with friends or family members, where they are safe. Others are staying home, hoping the fires are contained and don’t spread. To my knowledge, none of our employees have lost their homes.
*The fire is currently at 4100 acres and has not spread since last night. The biggest concerns are strong winds heading west (towards the ocean) and dry conditions.
*Many first responders and news outlets are urging people to evacuate if they feel like they are in harm’s way. Safety is of first priority.
Below are some helpful tips for crisis planning and crisis support.
Please let me know if there are any employees who are in need of follow-up care and support. I have already seen how Hoehn Employees are reaching out to one another with encouragement and support. Keep it up! You’re shining bright.
*The following has been helpful for those in evacuation areas:
- Pack some clothing for a few days
- Pack a sleeping bag/blankets/pillows
- Make sure you have your important documents (especially passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, insurance information)
- Take pictures of your belongings
- Make sure your gas tank is full
- Have cash on hand
- Pack your chargers for phones/laptops to stay connected when possible for latest updates
- Make sure you have your prescribed medications on hand
- Reach out to friends and family for a place to stay and for support
During a Natural Disaster Crisis
Upon hearing the initial news, it is normal to feel disoriented, confused, or intense emotions (i.e. sad, irritated, fearful, anxious) and things may seem unclear. It is very important to have a plan of safety during this time so that you can make the best decisions possible. Remember that safety is key.
A Few Coping Tips
- Plan: Stay focused on the present and what is being asked of you. In my case, our family is in the evacuation warning area. Our cars are packed with the above items and some other personal belongings. We have a few places to retreat to if needed. We are also following live updates on social media (see below for resources)
- Normalize: It is normal to feel a sense of loss, even though they might have lost their home. Being displaced from your home and your regular routine can cause a sense of loss and people will fill a bit “off”. That is normal. We can help by staying focused on the present and safety as the primary goal.
- Encourage: Communicate encouragement, empowerment, and build confidence in those who are experiencing crisis.
- Community Support: Reach out to your community of support (family, friends, religious community).
- Pray with another and for the first responders.
- Reassurance: Be reassured that what you’re feeling is normal and that you will be able to work through the situation.
- Educate yourself with the latest updates on the status of the fires
- Awareness: Be aware of how and your family members are feeling in order to normalize what is happening. (Example: Last night, my son’s were nervous. We reassured them that we had a plan if we needed to evacuate. We gave them a hug and kiss good night and they fell asleep).
- Take breaks from the news: Make some time to be with your friends and family and take breaks from keeping track of the fires. Hug your kids. Grab a cup of coffee. Have lunch or dinner with friends. This will take a few weeks to subside.
Helpful Social Media Links