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Habitat For Humanity Central Arizona Chapter Looking Ahead To Help California

Lake Madrone, near Brush Creek on Div MM	.
Lake Madrone, near Brush Creek on Div MM .

Residents of the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California, are now allowed to return home. But fewer than 10 percent of the 26,000 residents may find their house still standing and salvageable.

While there is a natural instinct to head to California over the holidays to help them rebuild, unsolicited volunteers may become part of the disaster as the town tries to sort through immediate needs.

“It is just heartbreaking," admitted Dusty Parsons with Habitat for Humanity's Central Arizona chapter, who is looking ahead at the longterm needs. "A sustained effort is going to be needed.”

The first phase will be stabilizing the area for rebuilding.

“The soil has to be evaluated, the ground has to be evaluated, the infrastructure has to be evaluated,” Parsons explained.

At that point, Arizonans who want to physically help with rebuilding will be in demand.

“I’d give it a window of three to six months," he estimated. And, even then, "We would recommend going in with a Habitat crew on the rebuilding side.”

For the moment, Parsons said donating money or building supplies to Arizona’s local Habitat for Humanity chapters will benefit ongoing rebuilding efforts, including California communities recently hit by wildfires.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.