Yesterday the rising temperatures and the Santa Ana winds ignited a grass fire in the Oakland Hills, just below Campus Drive. Here we are, a church and a preschool with 34 children, perched on the crest of Skyline ridge, adjacent to EBRP. Yet at first we were unaware because the winds and the smoke were blowing west, in the opposite direction from us.
However, we were protected because the firefighters, police officers, and park services were on their mission. Within minutes I received a text message from my friend Janet, a Park ranger, and I notified our preschool director, church members, friends and homeowners associations. They, in turn, spread the word and shared the live update links.
Just as quickly as the wildfire spread, so too, did the alerts to the wider community; not only through twitter feeds from Oakland fire and police, but through citizens like you and me, through Nextdoor postings, text messages, and tweets. Warnings spread almost as quickly as the fire!
Thank you firefighters, police, and park services, for keeping us safe.
Thank you concerned citizens, for spreading the word.
Thank you technology, for serving the greater good.
Thank you, our common humanity, reminding us of how interconnected we are.
Peace, Pastor Laurie