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How to Help Our Friends Affected by the California Fires

How to Help Our Friends Affected by the California Fires

In the early days of fire season in California, that state has already been ravaged by two fires—some of the worst in history. If you can, please donate to these worthy agencies who are supporting displaced families, animals, and first responders.

Alerts & Resources

  • California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection

    California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection

    With the unpredictable nature of wildfires, knowing proper evacuation protocol for your area is crucial. Be prepared with this evacuation checklist to get you and your loved ones out of danger as safely as possible.

  • Los Angeles Fire Department

    Los Angeles Fire Department

    The LAFD is working tirelessly on the ground, and their website is full of of-the-moment information—including the latest evacuation zones and emergency shelters—on all fires within LA County. Follow them on Twitter for alerts and advisories.

  • Emergency Management Department

    Emergency Management Department

    A mass notification system to inform LA residents and businesses in times of emergency and disaster. If you’re an LA resident, this is a priceless resource.

  • Full List of Ventura County Evacuation Centers

    Full List of Ventura County Evacuation Centers

    Go here for a list of all evacuated areas, road closures, and emergency shelters.

State-Wide Donation Collection

  • California Fire Foundation

    California Fire Foundation

    Honor the firefighters putting their lives on the line with a donation to the California Fire Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to the state’s firefighters, their families, and communities affected by devastating fires.

  • Baby2Baby Target Wishlist

    Baby2Baby Target Wishlist

    Dedicated to providing basic necessities to every child in need, Baby2Baby has set up a Target registry for diapers, strollers, blanket, and clothing for families immediately affected by the fires.

  • The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army

    These guys team up with local government and nonprofits to provide food, shelter, and necessities to those displaced by the fires and first responders.

    Camp Fire

    Hill Fire & Woolsey Fire

  • The United Way

    The United Way

    They’ve set up a disaster relief fund to help low-income communities who may not have the means needed to get back on their feet after the fires.

    Camp Fire

    Hill Fire & Woolsey Fire

  • The Red Cross

    The Red Cross

    A predominantly volunteer-run operation, the Red Cross is on the ground accommodating fire-affected residents. The organization is supporting evacuees through short-term shelter and help with basic needs. You can go to the site to donate, call 1.800.RED.CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to automatically donate $10.

Ventura & LA Counties (Hill Fire & Woolsey Fire)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

    Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

    Local budgets go only so far. This fund picks up where they leave off with private donations—with monetary donations, supplies, training, and more. Right now, the firefighters and emergency workers are in need of water packs.

  • The Entertainment Industry Foundation

    The Entertainment Industry Foundation

    Make a donation to EIF’s Fire Relief Fund, which will go to support firefighters and first responders.

  • LA County Animal Care Foundation

    LA County Animal Care Foundation

    Offering shelter and care to domestic animals escaping the fires. In the long term, the fund also provides emergency-preparedness training and helps reunite owners with displaced pets.

  • Humane Societies of Ventura County

    Humane Societies of Ventura County

    The Humane Society is taking in domestic animals (dogs, cats, horses) and is in need of donations to go toward their immediate care. Donate to their relief efforts online or send animal supplies directly to the ranch.

Northern California (Camp Fire)

  • California Community Foundation

    California Community Foundation

    This state-wide foundation has a specific fund to give grants and donations to forest fire victims, which cover everything from mental health assistant to home reconstruction.

  • Caring Choices

    Caring Choices

    Based out of Chico, this non-profit organizes volunteers to attend to the displaced, including the four-legged. If you happen to be a doctor, nurse, or vet, this is a good place to spend your time. They also accept and need cash donations.

  • North Valley Community Foundation

    North Valley Community Foundation

    This nonprofit in Chico is focused on victims from the Camp Fire—and sending financial support to where they are being sheltered. Cash donations welcome.

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