Responding to Emergencies in our Region

At this Summer Salon, our fundholders heard from area experts about efforts that are in place to respond to emergencies to better understand why disaster preparedness is essential for communities throughout the capital area and discover what they could do to help.

  • Gary Strong, CEO at American Red Cross Gold Country Region
  • J Mullineaux, Vice President of Philanthropic Planning at Sonoma Community Foundation
  • Karly Noel, Director of Education at RedRover
  • Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer at CaliforniaVolunteers
Guests reflected on the needs of the region's emergency and disaster relief systems.


Please explore this topic further by browsing the resources below, as recommended by our panelists:

  • RedRover 5 Animal Disaster Preparedness Essentials, so both you and your pets can be prepared in the case of an emergency
  • American Red Cross has many ways in which you can help should disaster strike. Visit to learn how to help.
  • Sacramento Region Disaster Fund, the Foundation fund that supports this work. If you have any questions, or wish to donate to the fund, or any other disaster relief organizations, please feel free to reach out to Chelsea Fahr, Director of Donor Engagement at or (916) 921-7723 ext. 2021.

Make a donation to our disaster fund

After the panel, guests probed deeper into the complex emergency response systems.

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