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Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin

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2019-08-26Aug 26, 2019

The national behemoth issuing your home insurance policy have decided to go away from covering you.  That is inconvenient at best and financially crippling at worst for you the homeowner, but you can be assured said insurance company behemoth has run the numbers. It’s what they do; their essential function in fact.  This is one large factor underlying the near-seismic shifts in behavior regarding fire. It turns out that there is a way that might be better AND safer than the garden hose gambit.  This is a system offered by a company called Frontline Wildfire Defense Systems.  Essentially, it is a system of smart sprinklers installed on your home by professionals. These sprinklers, when activated, will cover your home with a biodegradable firefighting foam.

2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019

There used to be a railroad that ran through Camp Meeker.  It was called the North Pacific Coast Rail Road (at least at first), and it ran from Sausalito to Cazadero from 1877 to 1931.  It was built to carry the redwood lumber from the sawmills that dotted the area like mushrooms after the rain. It’s all gone now, but there are still signs of the old railroad, if you look hard enough.

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

Welcome to high summer!  You are probably gearing up for July 4th, in whatever form or fashion you choose to celebrate it.    Even if you’re not happy with the direction the country is heading (and many clearly are not), try to take the long view and celebrate what is great about this country.   I won’t be so pompous as to tell you what that is.   We all have our different answers.     Seek and ye shall find. 

2019-05-27May 27, 2019

Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM) is now bona fide: FSCM has partnered with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (GCRCD) and Fire Safe Sonoma (FSS) in the writing of grant proposal to Cal Fire for the creation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The good news here is that the grant has been funded. 

2019-04-26Apr 26, 2019

It’s warming up and the forest is shaking off the early spring damp.  When that gradual drying process reaches fruition, right around the time the grape vines do the same, it will be fire season. While we all hope for a respite from the horrors of the last couple such, this is the time to follow Nana’s advice and expect the worst while hoping for the best. The good news is that you can do quite a bit more than wring your hands and worry.  You can put those hands to work constructively, by hardening your home.  That’s a very warlike term, hardening, and I don’t know that I like it all that much.  How about “preparing” instead?  

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