Our providers in the Inland Regional Center service area were contacted to secure their program operations and await more detail as soon as this tragic event unfolded. One of our members, OPARC, had two staff supporting six consumers at the regional center at the time and those individuals were evacuated by the S.W.A.T. team. In our community everyone is deeply impacted by this moment of terrible tragedy. ALL OF US see the regional centers as places of help where we strive to meet the needs of our clients and their families.
All 280,000 consumers in California go to their regional centers at least once a year. We can immediately see fear and anxiety, deep concern for each other already apparent. We must and will help each other recover from the aftermath of this horrific shock to our service system. We all also share in grieving for those workers and families to lost loved ones or endured terrible injuries. We are indeed one human community and nowhere is that more apparent this week than in our service system.
We thank all the amazing work of our first responders in San Bernardino for their professionalism and superb followup to minimize the damage. Let us never have to endure another day like this one.