Fire season is a time that California, particularly the North State, is all too familiar with and it's growing longer and feels more intense every year that passes.
Each year our forest and land management professionals do their part to help prevent fires and our brave firefighters do their part to put out the flames. However, we must also do our part and be prepared to stay safe and educate ourselves on resources of preparing for an emergency, what to do in an emergency, along with fire recovery and supporting others.
We’ve compiled a directory of links to sites with information about wildfire season and keeping you safe. This directory will be updated as new resources become available.
Preparing for an Emergency
It’s often not until an emergency situation happens that you realize all the scenarios you never anticipated. For example, the time it takes to travel home in an area with an emergency evacuation, then figuring out what to pack as fast as possible, hoping you don’t forget anything important before leaving. Use the tips and links below to prepare you and your family for a fire emergency.
FEMA has a robust and thorough outline of resources. Click Here to see the information.
Having an emergency kit that you regularly update to ensure readiness is a must. For grab bag instructions Click Here
Prep your home by having certain files on hand and supplies either packed or easily packable in case of an evacuation. Click Here
There are tips for your landscaping and outdoor home items to help you decrease the chance of fire at your home or from reaching your home. Click Here
For tips of how to prepare before, exist during, and be safe after a power shutoff, Click Here.
For local support during a Public Safety Power Shutoff from your Butte CAA, Click Here.
In an Emergency
Social Media, for better or worse, has become a space for news. Following your local news outlets, county sheriff, police, and Cal Fire departments are a great way to get the latest updates as emergencies develop.
For the Red Cross Directory for Evacuation Shelters, Click Here.
Butte 211 also posts resources and can direct people to resources in real time as emergencies develop.
Following local community service agencies, like Butte CAA, are a good way to find resources during and after a wildfire emergency.
For those of you who have been affected by current fires, here are some new resources.
- Apartment List is teaming up with Housing Industry Foundation and Veritas to donate furnished apartment units in San Francisco for families who have been displaced by the wildfires. We have units available starting today through the end of the year, and will be filling them on a rolling basis. For more information or to apply, check out: relief.apartmentlist.com
Information on FEMA relief application for wildfires burning in Northern California to help support those affected in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties. Click Here
The folks at Roadmap Recovery Program: United Policyholders can offer advice on the policy and paperwork side of getting your life back together.
Public officials, agencies and non-profit partners rely on UP's consumer-oriented insurance and legal expertise to assist constituents and clients and restore devastated communities. Team UP is a national corps of volunteers who are experts in insurance, personal finance, construction, law, health and disaster recovery.
Mental Health Services
Many of us have trauma from the Camp Fire and the following fire seasons and even just smoke in the air can bring up memories and emotions we need help to manage. There is no shame in reaching out for support.
National Disaster Helpline (call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746) offers 24/7 confidential, multi-lingual support.
Camp Fire Resources
Butte/Glenn 211 also has a directory of resources specific to Camp Fire survivors. These cover anything from drinking water, to meals, veteran resources, and fraud. Click Here for Resources
You can find ways to donate or volunteer through California's state website. There are ways to help from donating blood, delivering meals, or checking in on neighbors.
If you are a resident of the North State, Butte CAA could also use your help to ensure we keep providing services and information to those in need in our community. If you would like to financially support us through a donation, we can assure you that your dollars will go towards one of our programs that supports a variety of needs, including fire survivors, emergency power relief, and home services.