December 20, 2022, Northern California experienced a 6.4 earthquake, that not only rocked parts of Northern California, but also damaged the infrastructure, moving homes off their foundations and cut off power to thousands of homes. Also, phone lines, cell-towers and PG&E services in the various areas were damaged or downed and electricity & communications were limited or did not exist. Today there has been some progress, but several of the disaster victims are still displaced.
AMVETS are assisting in the Recovery & Relief Phase
Few Members from AMVETS Posts 96 (Commander Dan Lawrence & District 16 Cmdr. Tom Pietila) and Post 2813 (Northern Area Cmdr. Gary Imhoff & District 14/15 Cmdr. Carlos Castle) along with Department 2nd Vice Cmdr. Helen Wong have been active trying to assemble Disaster Relief items to provide to the victims and their families.
After the notification of the Earthquake, 2nd Vice Cmdr. Helen Wong and District 16 Cmdr. Tom Pietila (Post 96) made contact, which resulted in Helen driving North to deliver blankets and food to Tom, who in turn delivered them to the Rio Dell Community Disaster Relief Coordinator.
Currently, Northern Area Cmdr. Gary Imhoff & District 14/15 Cmdr. Carlos Castle, and other Post 2813 members are obtaining additional Disaster Relief items to provide to the victims in the Rio Dell/Ferndale area. Carlos and Gary have been in contact with the DOD Warehouse personnel in the Chico area and have secured 7-8 pallets of Disaster Relief items to provide to the victims: i.e., Cots, Duffle Bags, Blankets, Pillow, Fleece Jackets, Vests, Moisturizer Wipe, Beanies, Gloves, Sweatpants, and other articles.
Gary and Carlos with 2-3 other Post 2813 members transported the pallets and other items, in a Rental Truck, to give the Relief Items to Tom Pietila & Commander Dan Lawrence, who provided the supplies to the Rio Dell Community Disaster Relief Coordinator.
The Mission was a Success and Completed! Post 2813 Northern Area Commander Imhoff & DC14/15 Castle and other members loaded the Rental Truck in the Chico area with Disaster Relief Supplies and delivered to the Rio Dell Community Disaster Relief location, where Post 96 presented the Supplies to the Disaster Relief Coordinator. Great Job for a very worthy cause—to Help Several in Need!