Testimonies of Support for The Red Guide
Chief of Police Appreciation for Guide and Website
“After serving nearly forty years in Public Safety, I never thought that I would be the victim of a home disaster. When a drunk driver drove through the home of a family member, destroying the ground level, destabilizing the second story and disrupting the lives of three grandchildren and their parents, it was The Red Guide To Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors that became our bible and the source I turned to, to guide the family through the morass of insurance and contractor challenges to rebuild our family’s home. Becoming more informed and armed with factual resources and information contained in The Red Guide, we turned our family members from victims to survivors, returning them to their house and home.”
Sam Spiegel, Director of Emergency Services, Chief of Police – Retired, Folsom, CA
From a County Fire Chief
“As a retired fire chief, one thing that still bothers me about being a first responder was seeing the faces of the families when they returned to their neighborhoods after major fires — only to find everything they had was lost. It was heart wrenching to just drive away and see families sifting through their ashes not knowing where to begin — and how to start the recovery process. We should make it our goal to do everything possible to help them in the recovery process. We shouldn’t focus our entire career on response without giving more consideration to recovery. The Red Guide to Recovery is our answer. I only wish this publication was available to me when fires ripped through my district during the fire sieges in 2003 — and again in 2007 in Southern California.”
Pat A. Dennen, County Fire Chief / County Fire Warden – Retired
San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar Letter of Appreciation
“I wanted to share with you our experience that The Red Guide to Recovery has proven to be an excellent resource to aid victims of fire in our community. As Chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, I implemented the distribution of your reference guide to citizens who have suffered from or are impacted by such emergencies. As promised, this reference helps prepare victims for the issues they will face during the recovery phase in an unbiased, easy to understand manner.” …Read more.
2011 State of The County Address by San Diego Supervisor Bill Horn
“It is hard to believe, but in September, America will mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11. This will be a time to honor the victims and the heroes and will serve as a painful reminder that the unthinkable can happen at any time and we need to be prepared. Disaster preparedness has always been a top priority for me. As Chairman of the Board and of the Unified Disaster Council, this year will be no different. I’m happy to say that since 9/11 the communication breakdown between agencies has been corrected.
We also need to be prepared to recover from disasters. Last year, with the help of the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association, Chief Augie Ghio, the Office of Emergency Services, and a concerned citizen named Sean Scott; we helped produce the most comprehensive individual guide to disaster recovery this County has ever seen. “The Red Guide to Recovery” is now on fire trucks throughout the region, ready to be given to those who have lost their homes or possessions in a disaster.
The County is more prepared for disaster than ever before thanks to Director Ron Lane and his outstanding team at the Office of Emergency Services. I will continue my work to ensure that Ron has all of the tools he needs to protect this County.”
Letter of Introduction for The Red Guide to Recovery by San Diego Fire Chief’s Association President August Ghio
“The Guide is customized to our specific area and has the support of all 55 fire agencies in San Diego County. The format of the Guide was developed to provide a tool for fire companies to distribute to fire or disaster victims who have experienced property loss or damage.
As President of the San Diego Fire Chiefs’ Association I can honestly state that without this partnership our region would not have the ability to provide this essential post-incident recovery tool for our businesses and residents.”