Santa Rosa, CA, October 13, 2017
CannaCraft, Inc. has temporarily donated 12,000 sq ft of office space to be used as the American Red Cross Regional Headquarters for Northern California fire relief.
Effective today, 200 American Red Cross volunteers will be coordinating all Northern California relief efforts from CannaCraft's headquarters located at 2330 Circadian Way in Santa Rosa. The space will serve as a planning and logistics center for their efforts throughout the area. Volunteers are expected to occupy the space for a minimum of five weeks.
The scope of the devastation of the Northern California fires is mind-boggling: Hundreds of thousands of acres burned; tens of thousands of people evacuated; thousands of homes, businesses, landmarks lost; dozens killed and hundreds unaccounted for.
Red Cross staff suggest that this disaster is similar in scope to Hurricane Katrina. And it will have long-term effects for the community: Santa Rosa was already facing a housing crunch before the fires, which have since incinerated or rendered uninhabitable between 2 and 4% of the city’s housing units.
CannaCraft, Inc, California's largest medical cannabis manufacturer, employs approximately 150 people in Sonoma County. At this time, several employees have lost homes and over 20% of employees have been evacuated. The company is still assessing losses to their sites throughout the area and expects damage to be substantial. CannaCraft’s headquarters remain intact and operational at this time.
The company reports that dozens of cultivation sites throughout Sonoma County are believed to have been destroyed or irreparably damaged by smoke, ash and flame retardant. Other grows will be lost simply because workers can’t get to gardens to water or harvest the plants.
Dennis Hunter, CannaCraft Co-CEO, said "We will continue to evaluate our resources including vehicles, property, facilities, equipment, and product to determine how to best serve our community at this time. We will be providing more information on these efforts as they develop".
Please note that the Red Cross headquarters are strictly for administrative functions. For more information on resources, shelters and donations please see links below.
Shelters & Resources:
Red Cross - http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017
Redwood Food Bank - www.refb.org
Rebuild Northbay & Redwood Credit Union - https://www.redwoodcu.org/NORTHBAYFIRERELIEF
Santa Rosa, CA, October 11, 2017
CannaCraft brand's, AbsoluteXtracts and Be Kind Flower, are donating over $50,000 of medical cannabis products to patients who have been displaced or evacuated due to the Northern California fires.
CannaCraft has partnered with the following dispensaries to distribute free medicine; Mercy Wellness in Cotati, Sparc/Peace in Medicine on Dutton Avenue in Santa Rosa, and Solful in Sebastopol. Patients will receive a complimentary AbsoluteXtracts vape pen or Be Kind premium flower while supplies last.
CannaCraft will continue to evaluate all of our resources including vehicles, property, facilities, equipment, and product to determine how to best serve our community during this time. We will be providing more information on these efforts as they develop.
*Must have a valid 215 recommendation and must show proof of residency in evacuation zones to be eligible to receive product.
Santa Rosa, CA, October 10, 2017
Our hearts are heavy as our community deals with massive devastation from the Northern California fires that started early Monday morning. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by destruction and evacuations, and with the brave first responders who are working tirelessly to minimize the loss of life and contain the fires in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties.
It is too early to know the full extent of the damage to our home. Presently, more than 120,000 acres have burned (an area three times larger than Washington DC), upwards of 25,000 residents have been evacuated, thousands of homes and businesses have been lost, and hundreds of people are injured or missing.
We are happy to report that all CannaCraft staff have checked in as safe though some have lost their homes. We are encouraging our employees to make the safety and well-being of themselves and their loved ones their top priority.
We are fortunate that the CannaCraft manufacturing facility in Santa Rosa has not been impacted and remains operational. We are committed to continuing to serve our patients and helping rebuild our community. Effective immediately, a portion of all CannaCraft sales will be donated to assist in local relief and rebuilding efforts. We will evaluate where our funds and efforts can be of most help to our neighbors as more information emerges.
We urge everyone to stay safe and we sincerely appreciate all of the support that we have received.
Your community partner,