It’s been more than 48 hours since a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley and surrounding areas to its core. For us personally, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, nerves and activity. While we were extremely lucky not to have sustained any injuries or major property damage, many of our friends and neighbors cannot say the same.
— Trevor (@TrevR) August 24, 2014
There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead) on the damage and injuries sustained in downtown Napa and in countless neighborhoods throughout the valley. Evan Kilkus captured some amazingly sad footage via a drone:
For us, what stands out the most is how the community quickly mobilized and came together to help one another.
There are many things about the wee hours of Sunday morning that we’ll never forget–among them are the immediate calls out into the darkness from our neighbors asking if everyone was OK. After securing our own homes and families as much as possible, people took to the pitch dark streets with flashlights and lanterns to check on others around them.
We knew Napa Valley was a magical place to live before, and the response and behavior of the community, first responders, business and government leaders and beyond over the past few days has only confirmed that belief.
For those wondering how they can help, Napa is open for business and ready to welcome you.