Gorin spoke at a hearing of a subcommittee for the
"You see in the debris, in the ashes, 45 years of life, of marriage, of family history, family photos, the ironing board sticking up in the ashes, and realizing you need to purchase every single item that you lost in the home," Gorin said. "It's overwhelming, both from a grief and a time perspective.
"Magnify my experience and my husband's experience times 5,000 or more and you get some scale of the needs of our community."
Gorin told of people fleeing their homes in terror the night of
"We absolutely need robust, effective and redundant alert systems that will not fail when the cell towers and the landlines come down," she said. "We need to prepare our community ... for the unfolding disasters in the future."
She told the representatives about the county's housing needs, already great before the fires and now exacerbated by the loss of thousands of homes. She spoke of the rebuilding needed and the thousands of additional construction workers required to do the work and who will need their own housing.
One option to help
The county also needs financial aid, Gorin told the representatives.
"We're grappling with a budget deficit in the tens of millions of dollars for the next couple of years" because of the fires' impacts, she said, and pleaded, "Anything you can do to help."
He acknowledged help from the
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