Region 1 Members:
As many of us know, the wildfires in Southern California have been devastating and unimaginable loss. This past week has been unreal for those living through this event, having lost everything in a matter of moments. Images of the devastation have been flooding the airwaves and internet, but the real loss is the many families that have been left homeless with only the clothes they had on at the time they fled. There is no doubt of the resilience of those who were affected, however, they could use our help.
Our goal is to provide information and assistance and get some help for the needs of our members and communities. Below are a few of links where members and others in the community can obtain information, donate needed materials, services or monies. One item we could use (forwarded from a member who lives and works in the middle of the devastation) is home filters, as there is no supply and it is a surprising item in need of keeping the air inside the home clean and free of ash.
Region 1 has developed a one page document – 5 Steps to Stay Safe When Returning Home– to assist people in protecting themselves when returning to what remains of their residence and structures.
- The Center for Disease Control also has this website for this purpose: Worker Safety During Fire Cleanup
- OSHA has also developed Wildfire Response Information: OSHA Wildfires
- To obtain assistance with your property taxes check with your county tax assessor’s office:
– Ventura County Assessor’s Office
– Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office
– Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures
- Rebuilding After the Wildfire Factsheet
- Finding Assistance, Moving Forward | DisasterAssistance.govTips on Smoke Removal And Fire Cleanup
- Cleaning Up After a Fire Disaster
- “How to help wildfire victims in Southern California” – Los Angeles Daily News
- “How to support Southern California fire relief efforts” Eyewitness News ABC 7
- Ventura County Recovery Website
Please place these on your social media accounts to get the word out. Also, Chapters may want to tap their Communication’s Chairs to see if they can get press releases to local media to further spread the word. Thus far, we are not aware of any one of our members who has been lost; but we are aware they may have lost property and businesses. Any assistance is appreciated, including your prayers and thoughts for safety and recovery.