Bailey's current job is to look for a new temporary location for the school. Local school districts have reached out to lend them space while they figure out how to rebuild, he said.
"We are strong people and we will survive this fire," said Bailey.
Helping the Vulnerable During Disasters
But what about all the other fire-affected people with developmental challenges who lack a strong support network?
That's a question Richard Ruge thinks about a lot. He leads a group in Sonoma County called Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations, which helps educate people -- especially the disabled or elderly -- about the importance of preparing themselves for disasters, like keeping shoes, gloves and flashlights near the bed. Building a community network of neighbors is also a good idea, according to Ruge.
Ruge has worked for many years with people with disabilities, and awhile back he realized nobody was helping the disability community think about how to prepare for disasters.
"Some people are on dialysis, some people have oxygen tanks and things like that," Ruge said. "So they really need to work with their neighbors and let everyone know what needs to happen if a disaster were to strike."
The county has asked Ruge to prepare a list of groups serving vulnerable people so they can help out during evacuations.
But there's no system in place to keep track of people with special needs during an emergency, and Ruge is concerned that many of the hundreds of people who are still unaccounted for could be these vulnerable people he’s tried to serve.