Southern California Wildfire Relief
After a late start following a wetter-than-usual spring, the 2019 Wildfire Season has burned more than 11,000 acres throughout Southern California. San Luis Obispo County has seen the most damage, with six large fires springing to life in early June.
This year follows one of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire seasons, in which the Hill and Woolsey fires set more than 102,000 acres ablaze, killing three, destroying 1,500 structures and forcing close to 300,000 from their homes as mandatory evacuations were declared from Mailbu to Simi Valley.
The immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires are great, and the recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the state. The list below contains links to information and local resources for those affected as well as to organizations providing immediate and long-term relief. It will be updated as more information and resources are available.
- The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.
- The State of California’s Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians provides information on health, housing, emergency supplies, employment and other services available to all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.
- The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services connects residents with a wide range of services and programs targeted specifically at those who have been affected by wildfires.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides emergency medical, housing and other types of assistance for those affected by disasters.
- The California Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial support to fallen firefighters and the communities they protect.
San Luis Obispo County
- The Red Cross of the Pacific Coast provides provides access to shelter locations, evacuation updates and safety information for residents of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
- 211 San Luis Obispo County timely access to emergency, health and human service information and referrals for San Luis Obispo County residents.
When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.
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