Right after the October firestorms, Latino leaders drew attention to the dangerous exclusion of Spanish-speaking people from fire alerts, services, and other fire relief.
The firestorms that devastated Sonoma County did not distinguish between citizens and non-citizens, nor between renters and owners. All of us who live in the county were affected by these fires, but we have unequal access to fire relief. Latino people represent 24.9% of the residents of Sonoma County, yet Spanish-speaking and undocumented people were ignored, endangered, and disrespected during the Sonoma County firestorms in October 2017.
Planning for future natural disasters must remedy these exclusions and this treatment and involve suggestions and recommendations from Spanish-speaking people affected by the fires.