Approximately 400 people attended the 31st annual Point Reyes Disaster Council Pancake breakfast on October 29. The breakfast benefits the Point Reyes Disaster Council (PRDC) and is also a way to say thanks to first responders from the Marin County and Inverness volunteer Fire Departments for their 24/7 protection. The PRDC promotes disaster preparedness through communications and education so that community members are trained and organized to assist first responders.
The PRDC is a neighbor-helping-neighbor organization that works in Marshall, Point Reyes Station, Olema and Inverness Park. The PRDC is organized under, and takes direction from, the Marin County Fire Department. It was created in 1982 in response to the floods and mudslides that caused so much damage. The 1995 Vision Fire on the Inverness Ridge, which destroyed 45 homes, and the 2005-06 winter storms are part of the recent history of area emergencies.
The council sprang into action during the recent wildfires in the wine country, which forced hundreds of evacuees to seek shelter in Marin County. Although the disaster was not local, the council acted as an intermediary between various organizations helping evacuees, numerous volunteers, and people staffing shelters.
At the firehouse, firefighters cooked a variety of pancakes (regular, vegetarian, or gluten free), sausages and eggs, which they served along with milk, orange juice and coffee. Seen frying sausages below is Ken Eichstaedt, manager of Inverness Public Utility District; the district administers Inverness Volunteer Fire Department’s finances.
Approximately 400 people showed up for breakfast in the firetrucks’ garage. A raffle to raise funds for the Disaster Council was also held, and youngsters had a chance to ride around town in a firetruck.
Thanks to Dave Mitchell for the photos. Read moreon his blog, sparselysageandtimely.com