Santa Rosa shelter resident knows how she will thank Red Cross

By Jim Burns (10-12-17)

Like many Santa Rosa residents, Erika Cunningham was initially disoriented by the “reverse 9-1-1” phone call that awakened her from a deep sleep in the early morning hours of October 9. Standing in her kitchen moments later, she was trying to make sense of the phone message, which she had only partially heard.

A photo of Erika Cunningham being comforted by two Red Cross workers at a shelter in Santa Rosa.

Erika Cunningham, right, is comforted by two Red Cross workers at a shelter in Santa Rosa.

Confusion quickly turned into concern as Erika stared disbelievingly out the kitchen window at the fiery glow outside. Within minutes, her concern became full-fledged fright when a helpful neighbor, reinforcing the phone call’s evacuation instructions, knocked frantically on Erika’s front door.

Grabbing almost none of her possessions on the way out, Erika quickly fled her Oakmont neighborhood home.

Read the rest of Erika’s story.