In November 2018, two destructive wildfires burned across California. From the Camp Fire in the north to the Woolsey Fire in the south, the wildfires have killed dozens, destroyed thousands of homes and burned hundreds of thousands of acres. More than 300,000 people have had to evacuate and hundreds will spend the holidays without a home to go back to.
We’ve joined forces with HeartThreads to make sure wildfire survivors, their pets and communities, get the help they need. HeartThreads storytellers are focused on positive and uplifting stories, shining a light on those heroes, first responders and helpers in the wake of these devastating disasters.
Here’s how to help. Share these stories using hashtag #CaliforniaGiving and donate whatever you can to GlobalGiving’s Fire Relief Fund. Click below, or simply text "GIVE 36594" to 80100 to donate $10. Thank you for joining us and sharing the best of yourself with survivors of this terrible devastation.
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As the devastation from the California Wildfires continues, please join News 8, 100.7 KFM-BFM and AM 760 to help our neighbors to the north, first responders and animals. Donate to the American Red Cross recovery and relief efforts, give blood or volunteer TODAY.
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Text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation
More ways to help:
Humane Society of Ventura County: accepting cash donations and supplies, and is open to evacuees in need of sanctuary for dogs, cats, houses or other domesticated animals
The Salvation Army: westernusa.salvationarmy.org has been created to accept donations. People can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and specify "Camp Fire" for designated funds
United Way of Northern California: A fund to provide emergency help to fire victims has been set up. Visit the fundraising web page or text BUTTEFIRE to 91999 to donate
Firefighters Charitable Foundation: The foundation accepts donations to help fire and disaster victims, support volunteer fire stations and help children in need
Northern California Fire Relief Fund: 100% of all donations to this fund go to the organizations and agencies on the ground who are helping those affected by the fires
American Red Cross fire safety:
KEEP IN TOUCH It's important to keep in touch with loved ones during an emergency. The Red Cross has two ways people can let others know they are okay. The Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. Watch this video for more information.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app "Emergency" can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps by searching for 'American Red Cross' in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately; monitor media reports every 30 minutes.
- Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape.
- Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it in the car.
- Identify nearby shelter sites and know your routes to get there.
- Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets .
- Keep your pets in one room so you can find them quickly if you have to evacuate.
- Arrange for a temporary place to stay outside the threatened area.
- Keep your indoor air clean - close windows and doors to prevent the smoke outside from getting in your home.
- Use the recycle mode on the air conditioner in your home or car.
- If you don't have air conditioning and it's too hot to be inside, seek shelter somewhere else.
- If smoke levels are high, don't use anything that burns and adds to air pollution inside such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves