Napa Earthquake Relief

Kroc Center employees and volunteers assemble hoagie sandwiches, Monday, to provide relief for the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Napa Valley early Sunday Morning. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Solano helps after Napa quake

By From page A3 | August 27, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Fairfield resident Debbie Shott came to the Kroc Center on Monday morning to use the therapy pool – and ended up preparing lunches for Napa earthquake victims.

“Because I’m grateful,” Shott said. “I’m grateful my mobile home is still on its jacks. I’m grateful my friends in Napa aren’t hurt. I can do something.”

Solano County — from its governments to agencies such as The Salvation Army — in several ways have helped Napa in the aftermath of Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake that caused extensive damage in that neighboring county. At the same time, the county dealt with quake damage within its own borders, in Vallejo.

The Kroc Center in Suisun City is the hub of The Salvation Army’s efforts to feed hundreds of quake victims and emergency responders who worked long hours. Capt. Jonathan Harvey estimated the center served between 3,500 meals and 4,000 meals by Tuesday evening.

One breakfast included pancakes, sausages and eggs. A lunch included Hoagie sandwiches, apples and potato salad. Food was handed out in Napa at four locations from food trucks, such as at a hard-hit mobile home park and the earthquake evacuation center.

“We have a steady stream of people who are coming and needing help, especially at the trailer parks that sustained significant damage,” Harvey said.

As gas goes back on and pilot lights get relit and people’s lives return closer to normal, the emergency relief effort will transition to a long-term recovery effort, Harvey said.

The Salvation Army on Tuesday brought 150 lunches to serve at the First Baptist Church in Vallejo, Harvey said. The church sustained structural damage and couldn’t serve its regular meals to the homeless, so The Salvation Army stepped in.

Kiane Reyes, events manager for the Kroc Center, helped prepare the breakfast along with six other people at 3:30 a.m. Monday. She and The Salvation Army are willing to keep up the effort.

“As long as they need us,” Reyes said. “We really don’t know. We’ve done fires before, they’re over in a day, maybe two. As long as they need us, we have to.”

People who want to volunteer to help The Salvation Army relief effort can call Kroc Center volunteer coordinator Stephanie Bragdon at 439-7882.

The Salvation Army also needs money to help earthquake victims with short-term and long-term recovery, a Salvation Army press release said. Go to www.solanoarmyofhope.org to make online contribution. Checks earmarked “Disaster Services” can be mailed to P.O. Box 1644, Suisun City, CA 94585 or dropped off at any Salvation Army location in the county.

Fairfield is helping out Napa. The city on Monday sent a four-person and five-person Public Works Department crew to the city to help repair broken water lines, as well as such equipment at a backhoe and vacuum excavation truck.

The two crews will each work 12-hour shifts, combining to work around the clock, Fairfield Public Works Director George Hicks said. A crew can probably repair one to two breaks a day, he said. The crews will probably stay about a week.

Napa is located 5 miles northeast of the epicenter along San Pablo Bay and received the greatest amount of force from the quake. It experienced shaking in the “very strong” to “severe” range, according to an intensity map released by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Still, Vallejo in Solano County had shaking in the “strong” range and  dozens of buildings sustained substantial damage. Vallejo is 9 miles southeast of the earthquake epicenter.

Inspection crews in the aftermath of the earthquake started deciding if buildings should be red-tagged for no use, yellow-tagged for partial use or green-tagged for full use. The city asked for five engineers and 10 building inspectors from the Solano County Office of Emergency Services, a Vallejo press release said.

By Tuesday afternoon, inspectors had red-tagged 12 buildings, including the Post Office at 485 Santa Clara St. They yellow-tagged 59 buildings. That includes 59 that were yellow-tagged primarily due to chimney damage. The city had restored water to residents affected by 13 water main breaks from Sunday and had identified eight additional water main breaks Monday and four more Tuesday. Some Mare Island businesses didn’t have water due to internal damage.

The Mare Island Museum in Vallejo reported that the Tiffany windows at century-old St. Peter’s Chapel survived the quake, but that the church organ was damaged. The museum itself is closed with brickwork damage to its 1854 building, the oldest building remaining from the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Two shipyard mansions under the museum’s care suffered damage.

The museum is seeking help from the wider community so it can make repairs. Go to www.mareislandmuseum.org to donate.

Vallejo officials announced Monday afternoon that 49 people were treated at local hospitals and that two people were admitted in the aftermath of the earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey called the earthquake the South Napa Earthquake. The earthquake took place between two major fault systems, the Hayward-Rodgers Creek system and the Concord-Green Valley fault system, according the other agency.

The northern end of the Concord-Green Valley fault runs through southern Fairfield. The U.S. Geological Survey said there is a 6 percent chance this fault could generate a quake as large as magnitude 6.7 by 2030 – a quake that would be far bigger than the South Napa quake.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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